Post # 1
Fiance and I have been going back and forth on the table numbers. We’re having a vintage theme so I originally purchased vintage number flash cards and was going to frame them as table numbers. They arrived and Fiance HATED them.
Friday I posted about making chalkboard table numbers but Fiance still wasn’t convinced he liked the idea.
FINALLY, we agreed on these. I downloaded different photos of numbers (mostly house numbers) and printed them out as photos, framed them and voila. I still think they look vintage but they’re very artsy as well. I got the frames at Dollar Tree in three different styles (all browns/golds) for $1/each.
The final table set up – stacked vintage books, table number, vintage bottles with misc. flowers (these were the only ones I had in my garden), and 3 votives per table (one with decorative lace and beads).
Closeup of the decorated votive:
So…honest thoughts, opinions, feedback, things to change?
Post # 3
I like the 2nd pic of the table numbers. I think they go better with the books. Cute centerpieces. Are you gonig to use all those glasses/vases on each table?? I would consider cutting it back a little….or were you just showing us the type of glasses?
Post # 4
I think these are AWESOME. I love your table mockup.
Post # 5
@Zacharysmom07: I have enough bottles to use 3-5 on each table. Some are smaller and some are bigger (bigger than the one shown here). My florist will be doing the actual arranging of everything and any extra bottles will be used on the head table and anywhere else in the room that needs decorating. There are five bottles in the photo above, so maybe I’ll tell her to only use 5 bottles if they’re all the smaller ones (some are teeny tiny perfume bottles).
Post # 6
I think it will be lovely. Good job on the numbers!
Post # 7
So cool! I really like the table numbers, as well as the overall centerpiece design. Nicely done!
Post # 8
Any other feedback? Things to change? Minimize? Etc.?
Post # 9
LOVE this. How did you collect/where did you find the vintage books?
We’re doing a vintage-theme too. I was thinking of doing something similar with mason jars and cigar boxes (there’s a liquor store near FILs’ that will give them away periodically).
Post # 10
Beautiful! Love the table numbers!
Post # 11
@atalante: My father is a hoarder (like an actual hoarder) and he’s 80 years old so he has a lot of really old stuff. All the books came from his basement. I will be selling them after the wedding – shipping will probably be expensive though (due to the weight).
Post # 12
I love your centerpieces/table numbers! I think they look perfect, I would just use less bottles on the right side. I think 3 on that side and 1 on the left side would be just enough!
Post # 13
came out great all together!!! and i love the table numbers you went with vs. the ones you were planning!!
Post # 14
I love your table numbers! They all look so great!
Post # 15
I suggest changing the voties. That trim looks cheap-ish.
Post # 16
@milesbella: regarding book shipping: I too have a ton of vintage books to resell. Try shipping usps via “media mail” – this is a slowboat shipping method but is much more affordable.
I love vintage weddings and I love that you are using your dad’s books. As a matter of fact, I love everything about your wedding and can’t wait to see the results! 🙂 From my own reception experience I suggest that you try to get different “height” levels on all of the tables.
When my family was doing set up, some members kept doing the same equation and I tried to get different looks so that each setting wasn’t so “matchy matchy”. If you show them a picture, they will try to make each setting match – avoid this like the plague lol! 🙂
I tied them with burlap string and massed them in groups. Then I put two vertical thinner books leaning into the big mass. This allowed me to place a small jar of flowers on top and some votives down below. (if you want me to send you photos, send me a p.m).
Remember to not have all books face the same direction as people will be sitting on both sides of tables – everyone loved reading the spines of our collection and a few guests asked if they could have some of the vintage classics! 🙂
Jars/vases don’t need a ton of water, just enough at base to keep flower alive – that way if they tip over due to rawdy guests, you won’t have a mess on the table. I’d recommend florist to do some vases/jars with just foliage as a contrast to the wildflowers. We found guests wondering from table to table to look at the arrangements because all of them were different.
My only criticism on your display is the lace – i’d skip it altogether as it looks new.
CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOUR PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you and love your posts!!!