Having DJ announce significant table numbers for buffet

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2454 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t think the DJ needs to announce the significance. It’s likely to be missed in all the hullaballoo, and if you already have the meaning displayed at the table your guests will see it.

Post # 3
3606 posts
Sugar bee

I say just call the table number to avoid confusion. If he starts explaining the significance people will want to sit down and listen which will take longer.  Everyone will be hungry and ready to eat. The explanation will already be on the table. If anything i would just have the DJ say if you haven’t taken the time to read each table number it represents a significant time in the couples life and start to call each table for food.

Post # 4
722 posts
Busy bee

Yea, I think this is a bad idea.  First, you’re interrupting the natural flow everytime the DJ speaks.  Second, think about how annoying DJ voices can be, you really don’t want him going on and on.  Honestly, if you don’t even have to announce table numbers, even better.

Post # 5
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

I think its a cute idea, could be a mouthful for your DJ but I like it 🙂

And I’d be listening waiting for my table number anyways (especially since you aren’t going in numerical order), so gives you something to listen to and discuss while you’re waiting for your number to be called. The last buffet wedding I went to, we were the last table called and we were all sort of waiting through each number being called for ours and it kept interrupting our conversation when it wasn’t.

Post # 6
2350 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Instead of having your DJ announce the tables like that, I would just write it on the table numbers so people can understand what the number at their table means.

Post # 7
6905 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think telling the stories behind the table numbers will cause more confusion than it solves, because people don’t listen attentively to the entire announcement, and they will end up not being sure what was just said.

Personally I think using random numbers as table numbers is also likely to cause confusion. When tables are numbered in sequential order (1-2-3-4…), a guest can look up their table assignment, then look at the overall room layout and the number of the table next to where they are standing, and have a pretty good idea of how to get to their place. If you’re standing in a big hall and there’s about 20 tables, and you’re supposed to find #10 and you’re standing next to #1, you know you’ve got to make your way towards the center of the room.   If there’s 20 tables and you’re standing next to #3.5 and you’re supposed to find #1905, you’re lost. Having a chart or a map is only so much help.  You may have a smoother time getting people to settle into their seats if your table numbers make some sort of sense.

Post # 8
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’d skip it.  Once people see their table number is “unique” for whatever reason they’ll probably walk around and see the others and read why they’re unique anyway, no need to beat it into them.  

Post # 9
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The explanation on the table number card is enough.  Having the DJ announce the background story to each one is just too much. It seems attention-hungry, to be honest.

Post # 10
9000 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’d be listening for a table number only. I probably wouldn’t care about the significance. But if you do, write it on the table number.

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Post # 11
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m going against everyone else and saying Id love to hear all the meanings if I were a guest and also I dont think its to much for the dj to say it gives a break for the line to go down before the next group jump in…. I may steal this idea 

Post # 12
6692 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

mattiematilda:  The whole point of numbering tables is to make it easy for guests to find their seats. If you’re at Table 6, you know to pass up Tables 3, 4, and 5, but if you make it to 7 or 8, you’ve gone too far. They’re numbered for a reason. I find it hard enough when the tables are named for cities or books or other stuff that’s not numeric, but at least those are not just random intermingled numbers. For your guests sake, I recommend rethinking this. If you have to do it, please just have the DJ announce the number. Don’t make it more confusing.

Just noticed the part where you’re not having assigned seating. I still don’t like the random table numbers, but I’m pretty sure I’m not invited to your wedding, so have at it if it means that much to you.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by  Daisy_Mae.
Post # 14
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We also used unique table identifiers, although we used places that were important to us rather than numbers. So for example one table was named Fanueil Hall.

I know you aren’t planning to do assigned seating so placement doesn’t matter, but if you change your mind…we simply made a little floorplan next to the escort cards to indicate where the tables were. It was super easy and no one had issues finding their tables. 

Post # 15
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

mattiematilda:  can I see pictures? ( i love pictures especially diy)

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by  LadyPeacockk.
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