Whether you decide to have place names for everyone or a more “sit wherever you like” style reception, it can be very simple to add a bit of fun and personality to your reception by giving your wedding tables names rather than standard table numbers. Here are some ideas for unique table names:
- Places of meaning. Name each table after the streets you’ve lived in throughout your life, the towns you grew up in, the places that are important to you. Chances are you will have friends and family at your wedding to whom these places will be special as well. It can spark up some great conversation and trips down memory lane.
- Places you’ve traveled. Did you meet on your big O.E.? Why not name each table after a country you’ve visited together? You could even use a photo from that country in your centerpiece for each table.
- Places you’ve worked. From your very first job at the local supermarket (or in my case, the local winery) to your current position, naming the tables after your work places can be a fun insight in to your lives.
- Significant dates. If you’re like me, you’ll have every important date from your relationship noted down. From the day you met to the day he (or you) popped the question. You could incorporate those dates in to your table numbers.
- Song titles. From the romantic (“Love Me Tender” and “The Power of Love”) through to pop hits (“She Will Be Loved” and “Truly, Madly, Deeply”), there are endless options. Love to head bang to heavy metal? Why not show off your personality with your favourite titles. Obsessed with country music, name your tables after chart toppers from Garth Brooks and Johnny Cash.
- Link your table name to your theme. Getting married in a winery? Name each table after a wine variety. Having the ultimate fairy tale day? Well why not name each table after a fairy tale.
Ask your venue if they will print the table names for you. If this is not a service they provide, you can ask your stationery provider or even do it yourself. Check with the venue on what table number holders they can supply to make sure you get the size right. Another idea is to use cheap photo frames. You can reuse or sell them after your big day and they are very easy to customise by painting them to match your colour scheme.
In the almost 350 weddings I have worked on, the most created table names I ever came across where those of a Prison Warden. Some how he managed to get his bride to agree to name each table after a New Zealand prison! I must admit it did spark up some interesting conversation!
Do you have other ideas for interesting or unique wedding table names? Please share in the comments below.
This Blog was written by Jodine McIntyre from Social Smartie, a marketing, promotions and events management company.