Fun with table numbers: candles, hurricanes… and Legos!?

By on Apr. 27th

Those of you doing seating charts for your weddings may have realized that you need some way to label each table. Of course we all know that you can name your tables anything you want, using whatever themes you choose (…but that's for a different roundup). For this post, we're focusing on table numbers: the classic, simple, and easy way to arrange your seating charts. Numbers may not be as exciting as table names, but the ways in which our couples have chosen to display their numbers sure are. Here are a few of our favorites…

Table one
I love that these table numbers are actually written out — you don't see that too often. The bride made these table numbers, which were wrapped around wine bottles that were set in the middle of the tables.

Tribesmaid Stephanie Falcon used books purchased at a library sale for her table numbers. Their book haul included eighteen volumes of French literature that were slightly bigger than standard size. Stephanie later decided that these would be the table numbers. Here's what she did: "I printed the numbers out onto cardstock. I printed them backwards, so that the black lines would end up on the back. Then FH cut them out with scissors/X-Acto knife. I used photo mount spray glue and glued the numbers to both sides of the book."

Tribesmaid Hev created these old-timey, message-in-a-bottle table numbers herself using tea-staining and wax. Others have used wine bottles in much the same way, or have just glued the numbers right onto the bottles themselves.

Table numbers
I love the idea that Lauren and Madhu had for their Hindu-Catholic fusion wedding. They used pictures of themselves at the whatever age corresponded with the number on the table and went with a triangle fold to make them stand up on their own.

Mark and Ann-Marie 10
Mark and Ann-Marie made their own centerpieces and framed their table numbers in these sleek frames to keep with their black and white theme.

Offbeat intern Becca used birthday candles! "Basically, we collected red and/or turquoise-ish birthday candles. We needed enough for twelve tables (although only ended up having 10 or 11). Using Crate & Barrel candle buttons, we stuck the birthday candles into tea light holders (for the single digits) or pillar candle plates (for double digits). Then we surrounded them with red or turquoise gravel." Brilliant.

Yanina and Brandon used these sweet wooden numbers set down on each of their tables. They were just so simple and cute I fell in love with them.

Tribesmaid Melaina just freaked my freak when she came up with these Lego table numbers when she found out her venue won't allow table names. "So… then the question was how to make the table numbers interesting… And this is what we came up with. Table numbers made out of Legos, which are testament to our colorful wedding theme, and give the numbers a pixelated look (a nod to our geekiness). Plus, Legos are fun and playful (something we both have in common and wanted to make apparent in our wedding)."

Ai & John's reception
My friends, Ai and John, used hurricane candle holders made by an Etsy seller as their table numbers. They were beautiful and set the mood for their 1930s Queen Mary soiree so well. Gotta give props to their wedding planner Laura from Rebel Belle Weddings for coming up with this idea.

Any other ideas for displaying table numbers out there? Leave 'em in the comments!

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About Megan Finley

Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog, Twitter @meganfinley, and Instagram @meggyfin.