Unique Ideas for Wedding Table Numbers

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Unique Ideas for Wedding Table Numbers
Wedding reception tables are often designated with table numbers. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Table numbers, along with place cards, assist guests in find their preferred or assigned seating for the reception dinner. The table number is commonly set on or near the centrepiece and displays a large digit. Consider using alternatives to table numbers or displaying the numerals in a nontraditional manner which may spark conversation and interaction among guests while keeping to a wedding theme.

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Doubly-Duty Table Numbers

Display table numbers on or as guest table centrepieces, saving some money by the numbers serving dual purposes. Cut numbers made from self-adhesive vinyl in colours that match the wedding scheme to stick onto decorative buckets holding a bouquet of fresh flowers. Create decorative guest favour boxes with special handmade treats inside, stack them onto a glass cake platter in an elegant display, and hang a gift tag with the table number from the top tier for a table number option.

Illuminated Table Numbers

Construct illuminated table numbers to create romantic lighting on the reception tables through glass etching or with paper crafts. Print each table number, from a word document, in the preferred size and font, onto two sheets of sheer decorative paper from the craft store for each number. Cut four rectangular pieces measuring 6 inches in height and 4 inches in width with the two digits centred on two of the pieces. Using a sharp utility knife and a protective cutting surface, carefully cut out two of the same numbers per table. Fold 1/2 inch on each shorter width sides of the blank sheets. Adhere the four sections together by placing double-sided tape on the 1/2-inch folds and pressing against the back edges of the numbered paper rectangles. Use a glass votive holder and candle in the centre to illuminate the display or consider using electronic tea light candles for tables with children.

The wedding craft can be adapted to a more formal feel by using etching creme over the number templates onto a glass hurricane candle holder, allowing it to rest according to creme directions and rinsing well. The technique may be reversed by taping the decorative table number on the hurricane and etching the entire glass, leaving the number clear.

Table Number Photos

The bride and groom can dress in colours pertaining to the chosen wedding theme and take pictures all around town pointing to the exact digits of table numbers in street signs, in grocery stores, or formed in nature. Take the memory stick or the film to a photo-processing establishment and ask to have them transformed into a 5-by-7-inch or an 8-by-10-inch size for display in the table's centre. Adapt this option by layering the photos with numbers on the computer and print onto photo paper in the selected size. The method can have guests talking and moving around the room to glance at each table number.

Table Number Alternatives

When choosing a theme for the wedding reception such as a tropical, romantic or seasonal theme, consider using alternatives to traditional table numbers. In the spring, encourage your florist to create a free-standing flower arrangement shaped as the table number. For a romantic wedding, print the word "love" in different languages, or in a honeymoon-themed wedding, use enlarged destination postcards for table designation. In the fall, carve medium-sized pumpkins with table numbers and illuminate with votive candles.

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