Table numbers are certainly one of the most practical details you can add to your reception, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Table numbers can be a stylish addition to your wedding reception, all while helping guests find their assigned seats.
How to Design Table Numbers
When choosing your table numbers, you'll want to make sure they’re legible and easy for guests to notice—they should be large enough to grab your guests’ attention. And while table numbers can certainly make a statement as a standalone piece of décor, it's also important to consider how your table numbers will look if you're incorporating centerpieces into your design as well.
“It’s a great idea to pair table numbers with centerpieces to make sure the number doesn’t block the arrangement,” says Lidia Stupak and Amanda Theodoropoulos of Twisted Willow Flowers. “It’s also important that the numbers and the vessels the flowers are in have a cohesive look."
Meet the Expert
Lidia Stupak and Amanda Theodoropoulos and are the mother-daughter team behind Twisted Willow Flowers, a floral design company specializing in garden-style floral arrangements for weddings and events.
Stupak and Theodoropoulos suggest talking to your florist about wedding table number styles you love, from framed and scripted to acrylic, to make sure the overall vibe on the table works together.
Ready to start thinking up your own table numbers? Here are 35 ideas we love.
Keep It Simple With Framed Number Prints
You can opt to keep things simple with paper table numbers, but consider adding them to small frames. This June wedding incorporated a palette of neutrals, paired with gold detailing and light blue for a pop of color. We love the way this look complements every other detail of the tablescape.
Go Natural With Wood Table Numbers
Planning a rustic fall wedding, or decking out an outdoor table for summer? Opt for simple wooden square table numbers with white writing. Using square wood blocks and a white paint pen will make this an easily achievable DIY project.
Aim for Simplicity With Acrylic Table Numbers
Go with a sleek, simple look with acrylic. These little acrylic signs serve as the perfect, noticeable table numbers without blocking or drawing attention away from stunning floral centerpieces.
Have Fun With Monograms
Have a little fun and make your table numbers whimsical with a custom monogram. This design included the couple's initials paired with a pig for a unique design.
Use Geodes for a Modern Vibe
Go modern with the look of geodes, pairing perfectly with your color palette. This is such a great look for a romantic, outdoor wedding, utilizing geodes cut open at the center and a paint pen for lettering.
Try Florals and Gold
Is there anything better than a splash of gold detailing? We love the way this stunning gold foil design pairs with a gorgeous floral centerpiece. This look would work well for a late summer wedding, embracing the bounty of harvest, or even switch up the color palette to incorporate the look into fall.
Stay Rustic With Table Numbers Painted on Logs
This is another gorgeous rustic option, but this design is a bit bolder. We love the look of this wooden table number for a boldly colored fall wedding. Opt for rustic, stained wood and large painted numbers to pull off this style.
Go Modern With Marble Table Numbers
Go for a modern look with marble. This is a dreamy idea for a winter wedding, but it can be utilized with any color palette. Search for pieces of marble in a shape you love and have numbers printed on top. You could even use a white paint pen if you're up for the DIY route.
Experiment With Color
There's just something so soft and stunning about watercolor details. We're all for them. This look paired a hand-painted watercolor design with stunning, bright florals—perfect for a summer wedding.
Stay Simple With Painted Bottles
Even the simplest of table number looks don't have to be boring. We love the minimalistic look of pairing clear glass bottles and white calligraphy for table numbers. Plus, this serves another purpose as a water pitcher for the table as well.
Incorporate Table Numbers Into a Vase
To be certain your table numbers don't clash with your centerpieces, you can pair them together. We love the way this spring wedding look incorporates simple bud vases with rustic table numbers popping out.
Consider Matching Florals
While it's important for florals and table numbers to have a complementary, cohesive look, you can also go all-in, opting for a matching look. Consider incorporating small, framed table numbers that feature hand-painted replicas of your floral centerpieces. We love this idea for a garden-inspired summer wedding.
Forego Numbers: Use Table Themes Instead of Table Numbers
What about forgoing table numbers altogether? However, this option still plays a role in helping guests find their seats. Opt for meaningful symbols such as sweet illustrations of animals for a unique idea.
Go Rustic With Painted Rocks
We can't get enough of this unique, nature-inspired idea. Bring the outdoors in with a variety of rocks, hand-painted with each table number.
Go Modern With Handmade Table Numbers
Go for a modern, unique look with string-and-nail table numbers. This style can be incorporated into any wedding with the option to swap out your color palette for any season. This DIY project can be accomplished with squares of wood, nails, and string in the color of your choice.
Incorporate Gold Detailed Salt Blocks
This is such a gorgeous look for a late summer or fall wedding. We love how bold and beautiful these pink Himalayan salt block table numbers are while pairing perfectly with a romantic floral centerpiece.
Try Hand-Painted Detailing
We love the sweet look of a hand-painted card, and this table number idea pulls that off perfectly. While this look is stunning for an outdoor spring wedding, it can be incorporated into many seasons.
Transform Everyday Items
We love the rustic simplicity of this look, and it's so easy to recreate on your own. Perfect for a farm-inspired wedding, this idea requires pitchers and a little bit of paint to pull off a table number that acts as a centerpiece as well.
Add Signage to Your Floral Centerpieces
Add your signage right in with your floral centerpieces if you want to make sure you can accomplish a cohesive look. Be sure to work with your florist on colors and textures to achieve a table number design that will complement your florals, all while still being eye-catching for your guests.
Opt for Hand-Painted Frames
For a romantic, rustic look, why not hand-paint picture frames on your own? This is a lovely idea for a moody evening wedding, and you'll only need empty frames and a gold paint pen to pull it off.
Use everyday items such as picture frames to DIY your wedding table numbers. This will allow for a rustic, customized look, and you'll save big on your budget.
Consider Vintage-Inspired Table Numbers
Paper table numbers certainly don't have to be simple and boring. Opt for a vintage look with cross-stitched numbers and burnt, frayed edges.
Experiment With Neutrals
If you want your floral centerpieces to truly shine, consider a table number that's a bit more neutral. Kraft paper with lettering and lovely designs makes for the perfect complement to a stunning floral piece, creating a lovely romantic look.
Go 3D With Standing Table Numbers
A simple way to make sure your table numbers are seen is by going 3D. This option, utilizing standing gold numbers, pairs perfectly with romantic pinks and whites for a summer wedding. And if you can't find standing numbers in the color of your choice, consider spray painting them for a fun DIY project.
Introduce an Earthy Feel With Wood Tree Slices
Go rustic and embrace your love for the outdoors with this look. Pair tree slices in multiple sizes with floral vases and paper printed table numbers for a sweet, spring wedding.
Incorporate Lettering Into a Terrarium
Who says table numbers need to stand on their own? For an ocean-inspired wedding or a summer bash, consider including your table numbers in a terrarium as a unique idea.
Use a Variety of Vessels for a Backyard Feel
For a rustic, backyard feel, we love the way this couple opted for a variety of vessels. Multiple types of vases, paired with plants, served as the perfect vessel to write table numbers and guest's names right on the front.
Pair Numbers With Hand-Painted Designs
Pair colored paper, hand-painted numbers, and a sweet design to bring the look of your tablescape together. This color palette is stunning for a fall wedding, but this idea could be applied to any season by swapping out the paper color and symbol.
Pay Homage to Home States
Another choice, if you're not interested in using plain numbers, is to incorporate states. We love the way this couple incorporated all of the states their guests traveled from to pay homage to their dedication to the couple.
Keep Things Visible With Hanging Stands
Be sure your table numbers don't get lost in the mix of your tablescape. Opt for hanging vessels to hold your signage while guests find their seats. According to Stupak and Theodoropoulos, it's totally okay to ask your venue or a friend to help remove them once your guests are seated.
Go Bold With Roman Numerals
Play with numbers and opt for an old-school look with Roman numerals. These little cardstock numbers make a bold statement, while still tying into a stunning September color palette.
Celebrate Your Love for Travel
Celebrate your love for travel and opt for symbols instead of numbers. We love the way this couple decided to utilize names and symbols to represent the places they had traveled to together to bring something meaningful into their table numbers.
Bring Together Your Theme With Cacti
A summer wedding calls for warm, desert-inspired details. And this look hits the nail on the head, utilizing a piece of cactus with hand-painted numerals.
Play Around With Elegant Fonts
Play around with elegant fonts to find the perfect design you're looking for. This table number option utilized several fonts to pull off a look that felt cohesive with the romantic floral centerpieces on the table.
Paint Table Numbers on Agate Slices
Create a unique, modern look with agate slices. We love the way these bright pink slices were painted with gold numbers to match the rest of the table décor perfectly. This is such a fun idea for a desert-inspired or summer wedding, adding a splash of color along the way.
Tack Numbers Onto a Sign for a Farm-Inspired Look
This design incorporates a wooden block, with paper table numbers affixed with thumbtacks. We love this farm-inspired look for an outdoor wedding.