table names instead of numbers - nicer or naff?

(59 Posts)
stuffitunderthebed Sun 15-Jul-12 21:05:05

Just that really! Do we name the tables to a theme or places special to us etc or just leave as table 1, 2 etc? What did you do?

CornishKK Sun 15-Jul-12 21:07:38

Our table names were a combination of Cornish & London place names that were significant to us - Delphy Bridge, Angel, Helman Tor, Brick Lane etc.

TheTeardropExplodes Sun 15-Jul-12 21:09:33

Good idea, makes it personal and an ice breaker for your guests.

workshy Sun 15-Jul-12 21:11:11

my cousin recently married and each table was a place they had visited together so they had barcelona, verona etc etc

waitingtobeamummy Sun 15-Jul-12 21:11:31

Ours were named after different butterflies. Took great pleasure putting all my grotty great aunties on "painted lady" still makes me laugh now!

NellyBluth Sun 15-Jul-12 21:14:08

Nice. I friend had tables named after the streets where they had lived since they'd met each other.

I've said that DP can have that bit and name them after legendary players of his football team.

stuffitunderthebed Sun 15-Jul-12 21:46:50

We met through a football team.. So could go with that. Or named after the various places we've had wee adventures together! Will have to give it some thought - not too much thought though... Three weeks tomorrow! Eeek grin

sashh Mon 16-Jul-12 06:38:27

I went to a wedding that had songs instead of table numbers - I liked it.

When i got karried, we married in stratford and named alp tables after shakesperes plays. Seemed like people thought it was ok!

Madcaplady Mon 16-Jul-12 06:49:43

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pegster Mon 16-Jul-12 15:05:34

We had favourite films as our table names because our ceremony was in a cinema

cleoismycat Mon 16-Jul-12 15:06:28

Anything better than numbers. People get a bit funny about the 'ranking' with numbers!

PaddingtonBare Mon 16-Jul-12 15:14:25

Hmm - I know I'm going to be flamed for this but here goes. Heard someone on the radio recently reminding us that the theme of a wedding should be marriage. Just that.
That said, my BF used local shells to decorate/name her tables and very pretty they looked.
See - I'm not much use!

JulietMontague Mon 16-Jul-12 15:35:13

We had poets names instead of table numbers and as favours everyone got a bookmark with a poem by the poet printed on it. They were all love poems so it tied in.

Figgygal Mon 16-Jul-12 15:37:29

We had a bridesmaid or usher heading every table and so it was named after them (surname).

stuffitunderthebed Mon 16-Jul-12 17:14:21

Some great ideas here, thanks. Even yours paddington grin can have the love table, the honour and obey (as if!) church first dance something old etc etc! All themes from a marriage and wedding

ViviPru Wed 18-Jul-12 12:01:44

I'm thinking about naming my tables related to the guests at each particular table. Knowing my friends and family they would love that personal touch. For example the table of DPs uni mates will be named something like the halls of residence where they all met, or it could be as simple as "The Browns" for a table of relations.

Either that or names after cheeses as I'm a total cheese fiend and abstaining for the year before my wedding, culminating in a massive cheesy wig-out on the day.

I think its nicer than numbers (as someone has mentioned - potentially a 'ranking' situ) and not cheesy at all (see what I did there?)

I had large kilner jars filled with traditional sweets on each table (plus bags and scoops) and called the tables after those.

They were a great ice breaker as everyone went around begging for sweets from each table!

Thistledew Wed 18-Jul-12 12:10:35

DP and I are really into cycling and I was half considering naming tables by parts of a bike. It is a bit fraught with danger though (or provides scope for mischief, depending on how you look at it wink): who should we sit at 'bottom bracket' 'cranks' or 'big dog'? Maybe if I can come up with enough insulting names for each table it would even out? grin

Drops? Rims? Spare tyre?

Thistledew Wed 18-Jul-12 12:12:37

How could I forget the front and rear dropouts?

<warms to theme>grin

DontmindifIdo Wed 18-Jul-12 12:15:32

We had different childhood sweeties as the table names, then we put a bowl of those sweets on each table. The "flying saucers" table ate theirs the fastest. The only ones left were on the "sherbert lemons". The hardest part was picking the sweets. (we found a retro sweets on-line shop and bought a load)

bushymcbush Wed 18-Jul-12 12:22:48

Hmm marriage themed ...

Honeymoon period
Making up

bushymcbush Wed 18-Jul-12 12:25:12

A wedding I went to recently had characters from In the Night Garden as their table names - the pontipines, the tombliboos etc. They have a 1yo dd. I was a bit hmm about that but I think some of the ideas on this thread are rather lovely.

ViviPru Wed 18-Jul-12 12:34:16

I LOVE that idea, thistle, DP and I are into our MTB so he'd love that smile

stuffitunderthebed Thu 19-Jul-12 06:57:27

Think it will be football related as if hadn't been for that common interest we never would have met smile

itsjustmeanon Fri 27-Jul-12 14:57:22

We had table numbers. We meant to have table names, but left it to last minute. With 14 tables I thought it made it easier to find the table.

PorkyandBess Fri 27-Jul-12 15:07:26

We've just been to a wedding where the table names we retro sweets, rhubarb & custard, parma violets, fruit salad.

It made me cringe a bit as the rest of the wedding was trendy and elegant and I thought this bit was naff.

PorkyandBess Fri 27-Jul-12 15:07:59

Sorry re iPad typos.

Novia Sun 29-Jul-12 06:18:23

We had London tube signs as ours. I went to Flickr and downloaded the coolest tube sign photos I could find, then had them printed and laminated them. This matched the table plan which looked like the tube map!

RuckAndRoll Mon 17-Sep-12 15:43:05

We had names of whiskys -I hate the stuff but serves me right for leaving the job to DH and my Dad whilst me and Mum went off for a bit of pampering.

They put so much effort into it getting the whisky boxes to use on each table, looking at where people were from (friends from Islay so given an Islay Whisky table name).

Couldn't have table numbers as a few family had been asking what number table was so-and-so on so they could compare who was more 'important'

BackforGood Mon 17-Sep-12 15:57:53

Stick with numbers - it gives you a bit of a clue where to look in the room. tbh, you can fret and worry about such detail, but people will not remember afterwards, and it will not make your day - nor (more importantly) your marriage any better smile

we had elements from the periodic table as a tribute to LizaTarbucksNephew who is obsessed with it...

margerykemp Thu 20-Sep-12 17:41:04

I knew someone who did the names of all the streets they'd lived on together.

roughtyping Sun 14-Oct-12 09:50:52

My cousin and his wife had Scottish islands. My aunt didn't have set tables. My friends had their favourite movies. No idea what we'll do yet!

Last wedding I went to, the tables had names related to marriage or similar themes - so 'love and kisses', 'diamonds and pearls', 'horse and carriage'... I like the idea of the sweeties though; I'd be scoffing them all, wandering from table to table, shoving handfuls into my pockets. smile

perplexedpirate Sun 14-Oct-12 09:56:21

This will totally out me, but we had Hogwarts lesson; Herbology, Charms, Flying Lessons, Potions, Divination and I think Horcruxes. There was another but I can't remember it.
The table centres were themed too, ^so Herbology was a huge basket of herbs, Potions was different sized coloured bottles etc etc.
We got married on Halloween, so it all tied in.

Stiffybyng Sat 20-Oct-12 10:28:52

We had lines from a comedy programme. Only because we'd used a song lyric from it on the invitations (NOT Monty Python!) and we thought it would be amusing.

We enjoyed the blank confusion from people who'd never seen the programme as some of the quotes were rather surreal. We didn't really have an elegant wedding. We put stuff on the tables like fortune telling fish and those long balloons you blow up that go screeching around when you let them go.

We are having different Caribbean islands. I wanted songs by my favourite singer but DP vetoed it.

roughtyping Sat 20-Oct-12 10:47:46

Stiffy - was it the boosh?

Stiffybyng Sat 20-Oct-12 10:50:59

Ha! No. Think priests.

Stiffy: your wedding sounds awesome.

ovenchips Sat 20-Oct-12 11:00:14

If I was the guest I wouldn't pay any mind if my table was a number or a name, a sentence or a title as long as there was a seat for me!

It's the type of thing that the bride/groom might get a kick out of but realistically won't be of note to the guests either way. Unless as Vivpru said you make the table names relevant to the guests, rather than you.

roughtyping Sat 20-Oct-12 11:00:23

Amazing grin!

roughtyping Sat 20-Oct-12 11:01:11

A lovely horse..?

Stiffybyng Sat 20-Oct-12 11:02:31


Thanks, Kiss! We had a lot of fun.

roughtyping Sat 20-Oct-12 11:05:01

Sounds brilliant smile

Minty82 Sat 20-Oct-12 11:09:48

We had pub names - our respective university locals, a couple each from where we grew up, our current one, and the one we met in. Friends who already had a toddler used the names of Dr Seuss books, and I've been to a few weddings with street names. I love the sweets idea!

Stiffybyng Sat 20-Oct-12 14:37:46

Cheers, roughtyping. grin

We used Dog table was our Dog (Ralphie) then I used the Dogs we had grown up with. Family & friends we haven't seen for years were touched their pets were remembered. Although one of our guests apparently was a little confused why the table was named after something so random, his wife explained it's 'our dog, you soppy sod!'
Then he welled up.....awwwww!!!

BadIdeaBear Mon 07-Jan-13 23:15:24

We're either going with musical symbols - (no names or numbers at all!), or with Edinburgh Fringe Festival locations (as we've gone together each year we've been together), and I'll have performed there the month before we get married.

Although I do really like the idea of finding something that suits people on the table - it does mean they have to be cohesive groups, hmmmm thinking

TheBrideofMucky Tue 08-Jan-13 15:49:21

We're having our children's favourite films with corresponding photographs. Particularly looking forward to putting one auntie on the "Monsters inc" table. grin

Hemlet Wed 09-Jan-13 11:23:02

We had "I love you" in different languages. Looked great all written down :-)

BadIdeaBear Wed 09-Jan-13 12:00:02

Oooh *Hemlet, I love that, as a linguist! Oh dear, but I've already got too many ideas!

MrsWembley Wed 09-Jan-13 19:41:47

I am soooo pinching this idea for our do when it actually happens.grin

M0naLisa Wed 16-Jan-13 02:37:58

Do you know........
I can't even remember blush it's 7 years in December and I can't remember hmm

But I seem to remember something about Christmas. Could have been things to do with Christmas, like Angel, Christmas Tree, Bauble, Tinsel but I could be making it up :-/

Hmm I'm going to have to have a think about this. sad

redexpat Fri 18-Jan-13 19:19:47

We had different lego men. A friend had the west end shows that they had been to see together. I wasn't sure if she was implying something by putting me on the Sweney Todd: demon barber of fleet street table?

Tigerbomb Fri 18-Jan-13 20:34:03

We got married and I wanted to name our tables after famous monsters by DH vetoed it

We compromised on Terry Pratchett Disc world characters. I managed to sneak in Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg (witches), Rincewind (wizard) etc

Top table was Lord Vetinari which seemed apt

I think football related is good, maybe named after players/managers of the team(s) you support

Tigerbomb Fri 18-Jan-13 20:34:34

The monsters theme was because we got married at Halloween

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