Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2016 - Ever After Banquet Hall
I threw the idea out to my Fiance about doing table names instead of numbers. He LOVES the idea, but trying to think of unique names is killing me. His ideas are okay, but not really what I had in mind 😉 Our wedding is sort of 20’s “inspired,” but I hate calling it a theme. There will be no art deco of any kind LOL Think more Downton Abbey than Gatsby 😉 Feathers, lace and pearls will abound 🙂 So, when we were brainstorming names, he was coming up with things like gangsters and things like that. I was coming up with more delicate things like the “Feather” table and the “Lace” table LOL So, you can see our minds were in totally separate worlds. I know, we could mix it up and probaby do gangsters and pretty things 😉 What do you all think? Should we just stick with numbers? We would need at least 20 names. Do you have any ideas for 20’s-ish inspired table names?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
If it’s causing you grief, just do table numbers. I prefer them as they are more functional and straightforward.
Post # 9
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!