Friday, February 19, 2010

table numbers/letters

Our reception isn't a seated dinner, but rather a buffet/stations setup with full seating. Ideally, folks will all be sitting and eating at approximately the same time so I wanted everyone to have a place to sit, and I also wanted people to have a spot to leave their jackets/purses/favor-slash-escort cards when it's time for gettin' down on the dance floor.

That being the case, we're going to assign tables, but not seats. This begs the question, how will we designate which table is which?

Back in the summer, Jon and I tossed around complicated ideas about using our favorite albums on vinyl, or albums by bands we liked that had numbers in the name, or our favorite marks of punctuation or something nerdy like that to mark the tables. These days we're thinking more simple and straightforward, like the usual numbers. Of course, at this rate it looks like we may well need to use all of those 25 tables our venue has... which is almost 26... which is the number of letters in the alphabet! What do you think of table letters?

To stay in keeping with our other paper goods, we could print letters (or numbers, hell) in Jessica Hische's lovely Buttermilk font and just stick a sign in a picture frame. Or, we could go the 3-D kraft-paper-letters-from-Michael's route... meh. I don't know. I don't want this to cost me money or look cheesy, so perhaps understated is the best way to go.

Then last week, I had a flash of maybe-brilliance: Jessica Hische's daily drop cap project! We could use her colorful and fun letters in frames to spice up the tabletops without being too complicated about it all. Here are some of my favorites:





They might not all go with our color scheme, but I've told the florist that I am generally going for colorful, so it sort of works... right?

The real question is, is it worse to be seated at Table 9 (see 0:57) or Table F?

What do y'all think? What would/did you use to let people know where to sit?


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE daily drop cap. I actually have a folder on my computer where I save my favorites. They would look so cool as table letters. What I worry about is that the biggest file size available for download is about 8x7 inches at screen resolution (72 pixels per inch) -- if you printed them out at a typical print resolution (300 ppi), they'd only be about roughly 2 x 1.5 inches.

    As an alternative, you may consider downloading various free fonts on I've used the fonts there for personal projects before. The western, retro, and decorative sections can have some neat font faces. Not nearly as cool as the drop caps, but you could change colors as you print them out, and you have the benefit of printing them as large as you need to with no loss in clarity.

    And to (finally) answer your question, I have no idea what we're going to do for table numbers yet... We're probably going to combine rectangular tables into looooong banquet-style seating arrangements, so we may end up having as few as 6-8 separate tables. Whatever we do, I want it to be creative though. Maybe our fav foods? I'd want to sit at the bacon table. :)

  2. Ooh, thanks for the tip on resolution... hadn't actually tried to print them out yet! I'm still hanging onto the thought of doing something creative (akin to favorite foods or something), but we'd need to have a lot of whatever it is. Hmmm...

    Also, my sister sent me an email saying NUMBERS because letters feel like a conference. This had not occurred to me, perhaps because I have not been to many conferences... back to the drawing board!

  3. I love this. Thanks for clueing me into this web site.

    I like table letters more than table names simply because I have this insane hang up that no one wants to sit at table 10 (our last table, the highest number, indictating there were thought of last?) Crazy.

    Still, if we get down to the wire and I haven't come up with the table names I am hoping for, I am printing numbers. Whatever is easiest.

  4. I recently went to a wedding and they used table places instead of numbers. The whole reception was slightly travel themed with luggage tags as escort cards. But each table was a different place that the couple, individually or together, had been. There was also an explanation of each locale on the table. It was a cute idea and really fun to learn why each place was important to the couple.

    Maybe something like that with records/songs/etc? Definitely adding a little description makes the food/song/record/etc make more sense to the guest, and, I think, makes the guest feel more involved in the wedding. I love idea!