7 Wedding Vase Centerpieces that Double as Table Numbers

Save time with this easy (and beautiful) décor hack

Updated 09/30/17

Photo by Jamie English

Table numbers are an essential reception element: They are usually displayed at the center of each table to help guests locate their assigned seat. But you don't have to stick to standard table-number cards. Instead, you should use them as an opportunity to express your personalities and wedding style.

We always love a good double-duty design idea, so when we came across these centerpieces turned table numbers, we marveled at how clever and functional they are. Hand-lettering the table numbers onto each vase or flower container is a creative way to help guests find their seat. (Bonus: It also means one less decorative element cluttering the reception table.) Just be sure that the lettering is large and noticeable enough for guests to spot as they’re scanning the room.

Here are some of our favorite examples of floral centerpieces pulling double-duty as table numbers. From antique champagne buckets to rustic wooden crates, there are ideas to suit every wedding style.

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Calligraphed Urns

Photo by Rylee Hitchner

Collect vintage urns and champagne buckets to use as centerpiece vases, then hire a calligrapher to hand-letter each table number using white ink.

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Bud Vases

Photo by Katrina Louise

These elegant, ocean-blue ceramic vases were painted with each table number. You could have smaller bud-vase arrangements flanking a larger centerpiece, like this couple did; or, you could opt for just a single bud vase or two, which would be more affordable but still beautiful and striking.

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Chalkboard Box

Photo by Pressed Cotton

For a more rustic reception look, we love these wooden containers featuring chalkboard sides. Use them as vessels for textural arrangements like this one, which features berzilla berries, eucalyptus, lavender, bay leaves, grasses, ferns, and fresh artichokes.

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Sea-Glass Vase

Photo by Jessica Lorren

The combination of white ink on a blown-glass vase is perfect for a waterside wedding. Keep the flowers simple by adding just one or two stems, like the pink astilbe pictured here.

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Velvet Table-Number Wraps

Photo by Yunhee Kim

If you’re up for a DIY project, we love these heat-stamped table numbers—each numeral is pressed into velvet ribbon. Wrap cylindrical glass vases with them for an elegant way to point your guests to their assigned dinner table.

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Centerpiece Urn

Photo by Kayleigh Tarrant

Gold ink stands out on a dark-colored urn—also, taller vessels will make it easier for guests to spot their assigned seat. For a similar look, you could spray-paint your vessels black; fill the containers with bright blooms for brightness and balance.

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Wooden Crates

Photo by Kurt Boomer

For this couple’s wedding in Lake Arrowhead, California, the bride’s brother-in-law made the wooden crates, stained them, and hand-lettered each table number. The crates were filled with thistles, eucalyptus, and bright-orange dahlias.

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