Post # 1
For some reason, I have become super obsessed with table numbers lately. FI and I were thinking that we might do table names instead of numbers, using names of cities that have special significance to us as we have quite the international relationship. I’ll give just a bit of background to give this some context.
FI is a British born boy raised in Australia; I’m an American girl who spent several years living in London and then Australia. On my way home (permanently) from Australia, I decided to go to China for a few weeks; FI was on my small group tour. We hit it off, fell in love, and did the LDR thing for the next two years, occasionally living in the same country before I was finally able to move back to Australia to live with him. As a result of our LDR, we have travelled a fair bit together… but perhaps most significantly to us, is that we met whilst travelling.
Now, for the table numbers: we were thinking of naming the tables after cities that have significance to us (i.e. Beijing where we met, Chengdu where we started falling in love, Lisbon where he proposed etc…) and including photos of us together in these places underneath the table name. This would be on a 4×6 card, in a simple black frame.
My question is this – is it pretentious or obnoxious to name the tables after places we’ve been together? And is it ridiculously self-centred to include pictures of us in these places? MOH and the Best Man are totally for the idea, mum is not so keen. I would love your thoughts – and I promise I do not offend easily! 🙂
NB: I am trying to figure out how to attach a copy of a mock up we’ve done but haven’t yet mastered it.
Post # 3
I think it is a great idea. We actually were going to do something similar but then I had the idea to use Swahili words (my fiance is Kenyan) that are about weddings, love, etc. to incorporate a little of his culture. Should be interesting for my very american family to try and pronounce! 🙂 BTW… I got chills with the story of how you met. My FI and I met the way everyone does…online!! (ha!) I say go for it!
Post # 4
Thanks!!! I love your idea of using Swahili words – that will be awesome!
Ok, I printed up two copies of our mock up and scanned them in – don’t mind the poor print quality, our printer is running a bit low on ink and I couldn’t be bothered to change it! So this is what we were thinking of for the table cards.. (sorry they’re so big!)
Post # 5
I was going to do table names but read somewhere that it might be difficult for guests to read from across the room, causing people to be wandering from table to table looking for their table name. Because of this I decided to stick to numbers, but I like your idea and as a guest I wouldnt think it was pretentious. However, I would take into consideration the size of the room where your reception will be held.
Post # 6
This is a great idea. I am sure that your guests will know that you have both travelled, so they will hardly consider it bragging or pretensious.
Besides, it has been done before.
Post # 7
@Almy_al: Excellent point! Our venue is rather large (capacity 330 ppl, although we’re only having about 200) so I think we’re going to switch from doing the cards in frames, to putting them on cardstock and then putting them in the traditional table number holders. Hopefully that makes things easier, alone with putting tables in alphabetical order and having a table map on the place cards table at the entrance. Thanks for the input!
@julies1949: Thanks for showing those other examples – definitely makes me feel more confident in my decision! 🙂
Post # 8
I did this, with a little difference. I used the names of places that had significance to us. The restaurant we had our first date at, DH proposed in Grand Central Station one was named after that. We were in some of the pics and not in some of the pics
Post # 9
I love the idea! My hubby and I were considering that, but we decided to go another route just before I started making them. Honestly even if people are wandering to see where they are sitting, I think they’ll enjoy it as they’ll probably pause to look at the associated pictures!
Post # 10
I think it’s really sweet. I don’t think it’s bragging. I think it shows the progression of your relationship/love. Very sweet and personal.
Post # 11
We’re doing something like that: We got engaged on a trip to Europe last summer, so our tables are named after places we visited while there. In fact, the whole weding is travel themed. The guestbook is a collection of postcards from places we have traveled together; guests can choose and write on…
Post # 12
My plan for our table numbers is sports related! We both love the Red Sox and Fi loves the Bruins. We are going to do pictures of us in sports Jerseys and next to that do the numbers in the design of the jerseys (red sox looking numbers and bruins looking numbers)