For me it’s all about the little personal touches at a wedding that make it truly memorable. So when it came to thinking about the table plan for our own wedding I wanted to do something a little bit different that engaged our guests and got them talking. As some of you may know, our heart locket tree table plan became a theme that ran throughout most of our decorations and stationery! A bit more about that below and also an extensive photo gallery of some of the best and most original table plan ideas I’ve come across…
I trawled antique markets, Ebay and car-boots searching for old vintage silver and gold heart shaped lockets for all of our guests. It did take forever and ended up costing more than I anticipated, but I loved the finished result! We personalised each one to our guests by setting inside black and white photos on their wedding day, of their children or happy memories of us with our friends. We then printed the table number and placed it inside, opposite each photograph. Each was then threaded with antique silk ribbon with the guests’ names hand stamped on a tag and attached to each. (I dread to think how long we spent stamping all those names!!) We then hung all of the lockets on an old tree branch that was sat in an old rusted iron base. During the drinks reception our guests were invited to find their locket and their own happy memory inside, along with their table number of course! It was so lovely to see everyone wearing the lockets as bracelets throughout the day. They doubled up as favours and none were left on the tables, in-fact some of my friends still wear them now!
Here are my top picks of pretty table plans! No matter what your style and theme may be, we’ve got it covered…
Suspend your table plan from a tree or the ceiling, as one couple did by attaching name tags to a selection of tassels in a variety of gold and cream shades. I love the decorative paper flower hanging table plan below too. If you are planning on creating an instillation similar to these then make sure they are situated close to your dining area as guests may well otherwise forget which table is theirs, especially after a few bubbles!
Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1. Photo: Emma Case via Love my Dress | 2. Design: Eagle Eyed Bride via Wedding Chicks | 3. Photo: The Photography Shoppe via Style me Pretty | 4. via Wedding Chicks | 5. Photo: Courtney Bowlden via One Wed
An inexpensive but beautiful idea is to use paint colour charts from local DIY stores with your guests names stamped on top (as shown above). It’s the perfect way to incorporate a particular colour scheme or a whole spectrum of colours!
Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1. Photo: Thomas Straub via Martha Stewart | 2. Photo DLWeddings via Style me Pretty | 3. Martha Stewart | 4. via bklynbride | 5. Photo: Stacey Kane via OhLovelyDay
Inject a bit of colour into your seating plan with this perspex jewel shaped mobile, simply write your guests names on the jewels with a waterproof fine liner and suspend with clear fishing wire.
Think of inventive objects to include in your table plan, such as multiple cotton reels and candles, which double up as favours too!
These helium balloon table numbers make it super easy for guests to find their seats and add an element of fun and modernity to your reception.
If a rustic vibe is more your thing then these stenciled rusty buckets will work perfectly with tags attached. You can also fill the buckets with plants or flowers and create a decorative detail that will still look pretty throughout the day once your guests have sat down for dinner.
Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1. Yoko Ono via Artslant | 2. Docuvitae via Style me Pretty | 3. Trent Bailey via Style me Pretty | 4. via Ritzy bee blog | 5. Photo: Abby Jui via Inspired by this | 6. Jesi Haack Design via Inspired by this
If possible, incorporate aspects or features of your venue into your plan such as a well situated tree for example!
Finally, if flowers are playing a huge part in your day then use them to create a living garden display by slotting your name cards amongst a variety of flowers and plants.
Hope this has provided you with lots of inspiration and ideas for creating your own DIY table plan…
Love, Mrs White x