The wedding you have – after all the planning, and pinning, and crafting, and hunting, and stressing, and spending – should be yours. It should feel like you. It has your blood, sweat, and tears in it – it should have your personality and sense of humour too. It should have little touches that make your friends go, ‘Oh yeah. Riley did this.’
Whatever kind of wedding you’re having – from a shindig in your backyard to a church ceremony in black tie to an elegant gala – there are places you can fit your personality and humour and you-ness without feeling out-of-place.
And one of the easiest ways to add some personal touches to your day is naming the tables at your reception dinner.
People need to know where they’re sitting anyway; the tables need to be identified somehow, so it never feels like you’re stretching or shoehorning in a theme if you give them names that are meaningful to you and your partner.
For example, you could…
Name your tables after places that are important to you as a couple
Places, whether it’s countries, cities, or underground stations, make terrific table names, and it’s all the better if you can pick places that matter to you – where you were both born, where you met, where you live now, where you’re going on honeymoon…
Or you could incorporate the place you’re getting married in – or going on honeymoon to – by naming the tables after different landmarks. This works especially well for a city with landmarks everyone knows, like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building in New York, or the London Eye in, well, London.
But why limit yourself? You have a whole world map to use! Name every table after a country – heck, a continent! The world is your
oyster table plan now!
Perfect for: adventurers with any size of wedding – as an idea, it definitely scales up!
Bonus points: if you use photos of yourselves at the place on the table name card.
Name your tables after your favourite books, films, or video games
Whatever you enjoy doing as a couple, whether it’s laying waste to orc armies, laying waste as orc armies, or sitting in plush armchairs, side-by-side, reading about orc armies laying waste, the hobbies you love are more than what you do, they’re who you are. You can nod to the stories that shaped you by naming your wedding tables after the titles of your favourite books, films, video games, bands, or albums.
Perfect for: small and medium sized weddings, and any couple who’s agreed to go to bed after ooone (or maybe two) more episodes on Netflix.
Bonus points: if you can put everyone who loves it too on that table – instant icebreaker!
Name your tables after places from your favourite books, films, or video games
Or – why not do both?!
Sit your guests at the idyllic locations from The Lord of the Rings: The Shire, Bree, Rivendell, Moria, Gondor, Rohan, Lothlorien, Isengard, Fangorn Forest, and Mordor. (You know you’ll have a Mordor table…)
Love the Harry Potter series? Hogsmeade, Godric’s Hollow, Grimmauld Place, The Burrow, Privet Drive, Diagon Alley, Forest of Dean, Spinner’s End, Shell Cottage, and Little Hangleton would make for fun table names. Or, if you don’t have many tables, you could use the Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.
Or, what about using the colourful cities featured in Pokemon? Lavender Town, Viridian City, Cerulean City, Pallet Town, Pewter City, Vermillion City, Celadon City, Fuchsia City, Saffron City, and Cinnabar Island.
You could even mix and match places from different things you love: have Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda, District 11 from The Hunger Games, Hogwarts from Harry Potter, The Shire from The Lord of the Rings, Endor from Star Wars, Gallifrey from Doctor Who…
Perfect for: every size of wedding, and anyone who loves stories.
Bonus points: if you’re brave enough to have Game of Thrones references; King’s Landing would be a terrific name for your top table…
If you’re not sure you want to use names but still want to bring some personality to the table(s), there are cute, creative ways to number your tables, too:
Photos as table numbers
Instead of naming the table, use photos of you and your new spouse at different ages to show off the number.
Or use different, important years – like the year you were born, the year you graduated, the year you met, and the year you married – to show off adorable baby pictures, awkward teen pics, and some cute photos of both of you together.
Perfect for: big family weddings.
Bonus points: if you can find matching photos of both of you in the bath, with your bums out on a rug, or in an experimental goth phase.
That number of facts – or facts about that number
List that number of facts about yourselves on a card on the table. It shows off the number and also gives everyone an easy icebreaker. (‘Ohmigosh, did you know Romy invented post-its?!’)
Or, if you don’t want to get too revealing, pick a number that has an interesting fact about it, like how many days it’s been since you met, how many houses you’ve lived in together, or how many kazoos you own.
Perfect for: big weddings where guests might only know one member of the couple.
Bonus points: if you write fun facts for each other. How true they are is up to you.
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