(Closed) Table Numbers VS. Names

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Table Numbers VS. Table Names? Which should I do?

    Numbers

    Names

  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee

    You can always do both, but have the number on top, and more prominate. It’s much easier to find numbered tables, because they’re usually laid-out in some kind of order. I went to a wedding once, in a large, dimly lit ballroom, and guests spent unnecessary time wandering around trying to find their table names.

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Hmm. What about years instead of numbers? Obviously it helps if you have 10 tables, but even just 1915-1935. 

    You know: Jane Austen, Table 1921

    Fits with the 20s theme, has a numbered order, and doesn’t evoke any particular image of the 1920s.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    If you wanted to “theme it up” a bit, the labels for each table could be an important image or have something to do with an important event that year.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee

    I like the table name idea.   Be sure to have a map of the ball room where guest can find their table before they walk in.

    One weddng I went to had the guest name pinned to the table on the map.  There was no missing the map and you knew where your table was. 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    For that large of a group, it should be table numbers. It’s easier to spot a number than a name, especially in a dim reception hall. Once people arrive at the table, there can also be a ‘name’ associated with that table. Like an special centerpiece, photo, etc. Perhaps a book from that year? Or a picture in an art deco frame? There’s no reason you can’t give each table something unique, but when people are hunting for their table, numbers save everyone from awful headaches! 

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee

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    xstitchgal75:  You should do both – especially if you are having plated service. The waiters and chef will need to know table numbers in order to serve the right meal to the right guest. 

    Why not do something important from your relationship? Table 1 – the place you met. Table 2 – your favourite vacation spot. Table 3- where you got engaged… etc. You can put them in picture frames with a short story on why that place is important to you. 

    That way it’s not really about a “theme” but more about you as a couple.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    If it’s causing you grief, just do table numbers. I prefer them as they are more functional and straightforward. 

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    We are having table numbers but they start with the year we were both born then go up to whatever you want. They also have pics of each of us at that age. Such a cute idea! Someone on Etsy makes them if you are interested. I love them! 

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