Post # 1
Darling Husband has given me the task of coming up with creative names for the 13 tables we’ll need at our big reception/party/whatever in the fall. EEK!
Right now, I’ve come up with a few different options:
A) Musicians from the 40s and 50s — names would include Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, etc. etc.
B) Actors/actresses from the same era, such as James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, etc.
C) A mixture of A & B
D) Song titles from the 40s/50s, like “Blue Moon,” “Perfidia,” etc. (Still really trying to come up with good songs that don’t have excessively long titles for this one.)
I’m leaning toward D right now because it’s a little more subtle, imo, and not as theme-y. I need to come to a decision fairly soon because I plan to hand-stitch the table names as a fun side project (and to kill some time as well). What would you pick, if any?
I’m open to other ideas, too! I don’t really want to just do numbers since, you know, 13 = “bad luck” and all that, and I’d have to skip table 13 entirely and go to 14. ;P However, if push comes to shove, I am willing to consider it.
Post # 3
I like them all, but voted actors/actresses because those are the names people will recognize most easily. Guests who are not familiar with 50’s era music may not get the others.
OT, how was your wedding??? I must’ve missed the recap posts!
Post # 4
@meliss: That’s very true. It means more stitching for me, but I can handle it.
I haven’t started recaps yet, really–waiting for all the pro pics to be in. I have one up already (pre-ceremony stuff), but the ceremony recap will go up probably tomorrow afternoon. 🙂
Post # 5
Cool, I look forward to them. Lucky you, you get to recap one wedding while you still have all that fun stuff to plan for the second one!
Post # 6
@meliss: I know, I am lucky! I’ll be super busy, though–starting my last semester of college in a month, and then job hunting on top of planning.
Post # 7
I was wondering the same thing as meliss–where are your recaps?!–when I saw you posted a pic in the glasses thread haha.
Personally, I like the song title one best because, as you said, it seems more subtle, less gimmicky. If the average guest only recognizes one, or is even at a table with someone who recognizes the songs, then they’ll get it. Full disclosure: I may be partial because pretty much the only music I listen to is from the late 40s-late 60s. But I still think it’s the most elegant one.
Post # 8
what about doing a mix of A, B, & C?
Post # 9
@Mrs Grape: I think I might be a bit of a gimmicky person because I was sold when you said the words “Glen Miller” :D. I love the 1940’s music and movie scene and I think its sooo awesome to have as a wedding theme- my bias
I love the idea of A and B- for two reasons, not only could you have the names of said muscians or actresses, but maybe also why you chose them; bios? fav songs? fav movies?- all which relates to the loving feelings of your day.
However, if you want subtle, then I would go for song titles/movie titles, because it will be less themey and your guests might be curious enough to wonder what those songs or movies are.
If you want to know just how biased I am- I happen to love In the Mood- and I know how cliche that is lol
Post # 10
I really like the whole idea of table names instead of numbers, and the song tittles rock!!
Post # 11
are you going to make a map or include numbers with the titles? you don’t want your guests wandering around every table for 10 minutes looking for “blue moon”
Post # 12
We are doing places that we have been together with a picture of us there.
Post # 13
I agree with Kitzy, to do numbers and names.
At my wedding we did tree names. For example, Table 3 Red Cedar.
I recommend it.
Post # 14
Personally, as a wedding guest, I get annoyed with table names instead of numbers. No matter if it’s well organized (ie escort cards/seating chart) inevitably the signs are too small and I am wandering around trying to find my table and getting a little annoyed because there is no order. At least if there are numbers, if I am looking for table 8, and I see table 6, I know I’m getting close. Just my $0.02!
(We’re doing table numbers and baby pictures, so table 5 will be pictures of us at age 5)
Post # 15
I wouldn’t really take into account if people would reconize the names or not. A wedding my mom went to had the tables named after castles in Ireland and she loved it because they included a small blurb about each one on the table for the guests to read and gave it significance.
We are doing dancers of the 30’s and 40’s so we’re just throwing out the reconizable factor all together. But then we’re not being at all timid with the “theme” (hello, 19 piece band).
Post # 16
@kitzy: That could totally work! It’s not a huge venue at all so it’s not like it would take forever for them to find their tables (we’re having standard rectangular tables instead of rounds, which I think will make them a bit easier to spot as well–I always have a hell of a time at receptions with round tables, even if they’re numbered). A map is a must, I think.