Table numbers are an important element of the wedding reception, helping direct guests to their assigned seat. Of course, basic table-number cards in stands are all you need, but then again, you could use this as an opportunity to get really creative with your table décor.
For example, if you’re going with a fun, nautical theme for your celebration, embrace the waterside setting with a complementary table-number concept. Choose details made from cotton rope or assign each table a different nautical flag; you could also go for a “message in a bottle” idea by printing table numerals on sheets of paper and inserting them into clear water jugs or wine bottles. Whatever you decide, just be sure that the table numbers are clear, legible, and easy for guests to spot as they are scanning the reception room.
Ready to start thinking about your own nautical-themed table numbers? Check out our favorite ideas below.
Rope Table Numbers
To celebrate their love for ocean and adventure, this couple decided on a nautical theme for their Malibu wedding. Their wedding stationery featured an anchor motif and the table numbers were fashioned from nautical rope. You could create your own by purchasing freestanding wooden numerals from the craft store and hot-gluing cotton rope on top.
This couple tied the knot at a Florida yacht club and embraced a beachy theme. The bride’s mother and stepfather made these knotted table-number holders; escort cards depicted different nautical flags, which guests used to locate their assigned reception table.
A “monkey’s fist” rope knot is a long-used nautical knot tied from one continuous strand of rope; it traditionally serves as a weight, making a rope line easier to throw. It’s also perfect to use as nautical table decorations—we love how this couple turned the rope knot into a clever table-number holder.