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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.