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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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.
Velvet Table-Number Wraps
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.
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.