Post # 1
My wedding theme is vintage shabby chic so I have decided to use ornate old fashioned frames ( i am buying them at second hand stores so they are different shapes and sizes and then I am painting them all cream) with numbers in them as my table numbers for the wedding breakfast. The only thing is I am not sure how to let people know which table they are sat at! I have never been to a wedding before where they had table numbers only little peices of card with names on. I would like people to be able to sit where ever they want at their table so I do not want names at seats. Any bees done table numbers instead of names at seats? How did you let the guests know which table number they were to sit at??
Post # 3
Every wedding I’ve attended has had a table set up with each person’s name on a card and below it the table number, arranged in alphabetical order. Most were numbers, but my cousin’s recently did butterfly names (with a collage displayed showing what each butterfly looked like so we could find the pictures at the tables). You pick up your card and walk to the assigned table and select your seat.
I’ll be doing similar to my cousin – no numbers, names instead of locations we’ve been. Each table will have a picture of us at a place we’ve visited around the US & world. Most places will have a different picture on the back or a picture of a nearby site. Fiance though it’d be funny not to write the location names atop the pictures, but I declined to drive my guests crazy. While “Agra, India” will be easy to identify from the picture of the Taj Mahal in the background…it may be hard to distinguish the Florida beach from the Mexico beach picture!
Post # 4
For info, table numbers will be similar to these just so you have an idea what I mean 🙂 …
Post # 5
You could find a larger scale frame to hold the escort cards. Add a layer of cork to the picture backing annd pin the cards to the cork.
Post # 6
I’m doing this also! I’m using the Ikea Tolsby frames and plan to have one side be pictures and then the other side be a table number with the name on it as well to avoid confusion and help the serving staff. I will just use adhesive or something crafty from Michaels to put the two together into the frame.
Post # 7
Escort cards, which is what you’re refering to, are more common in the US. In the UK we generally have table plans / seating charts. Both have pros and cons.
Escort cards are generally arranged in alphabetical order, whereas table plans are done numerically (ie Table 1: Jack Frost, Joe and Jane Smith, Peter Pan etc).
Info on escort cards
Examples of table plans
ETA: Table plans are displayed at the entrance to the venue. For a large wedding you may choose to have more than one.
Post # 8
Thanks for your help bees!
Thank you I was very confused about the escort card thing lol as like you said its US not UK. I am going with a table plan but going to make it from a larger frame like Julies1949 suggested.
Post # 9
I was super confused before coming to this site, and then I had to google them. Glad I could help 🙂
Post # 10
Nice! I debated the Ikea frames but ultimately opted against because I wanted something that would be above the centerpiece to make it easier to find the table (and something that could then be removed so people could see each other. I settled on Celebrate It Occasions Placecard Holders from Michaels (I looked online but can’t find a picture – not the tree ones, but a ball on bottom and a spiral holds the picture at top, 12 inches high). Each card has a dark blue mat, then an inch in is the light blue mat framing the picture by 1/2 inch. Above the picture, also framed by the dark blue mat is a light blue mat with the name of each place. Hopefully the venue will be able to deal with the fact there are no numbers at all!