Ideas for table names for wedding receptions

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Ideas for table names for wedding receptions
Naming tables at a reception provides an easy way for guests to find their seats. (reception de mariage image by Christophe Fouquin from

Naming tables at a reception is an alternative to numbering them, and it offers a way to connect the theme of the wedding to your guests in a way simple decorations cannot accomplish. Take a cue from the aesthetic theme, the location, family favourites and favourite activities of the bride and groom to ensure that every guest can find his table with ease.

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Hometown or Location

Choose the location of the bride's birth, the groom's hometown, the wedding locale or the town the couple lives in and name the tables after town streets, state cities, points of interest or places of significant history. If the couple lives in Maryland, for example, use "Chesapeake Bay," "Annapolis," "Baltimore," "Potomac River," "Eastern Shore" and "Calvert Cliffs" as table names. Or mix the histories of the couple and use both their hometowns.


Translate the same word or phrase into many languages, and use these translations as table names. You can use languages of places the couple has visited, languages the families are close to or languages the couple has studied to translate the words "Love," "Forever," "Marriage" or "Happiness." Etch these translations onto cards for each table.


Name tables after significant places the couple has spent time. This can be the name of the college they met at, their favourite bar, the place they became engaged, their favourite vacation spot or the places they wish to visit in the future. This attaches sentiment to the table names, and offers an opportunity for the couple to explain the name of each table.


Purchase a unique set of cards with pictures on them, such as playing cards, game cards from a different culture or cards used for teaching a language. These can be used as table naming cards by offering different words, pictures and colours at each table.


Name your tables based on the theme of the wedding. If it is a "Fairytale Wedding," name each table after princesses or different fairy tale characters. If your theme is the night sky, you can name each table after constellations. Use tree or flower names for a nature-themed event. If there is no theme other than preferred colours, find holidays or celebrations that utilise those same colours and name each table after aspects of the celebration.

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