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Table Numbers…Good Enough To Eat!

With only two months left before my wedding I am nearing the end of my planning. The next thing on my list to tackle is the table cards.  I toyed with different ideas and was pretty certain I was just going to go with the classic tent card until I saw theses…

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Edible table numbers that can be used as escort cards with the help of a DIY flag with each guest’s name.  I am in love!

I found them on Etsy and they come in a variety of styles and flavors.  I am thinking about ordering the exact style above for my guests in either strawberry or watermelon.

They are a little more than the average tent cards but they can be used as a wedding favor too so it kind of evens out.

The numbers are sold by Vintage Confections in sets of three for $9.75 and you can find them here.

Have any unique table number and escort card ideas?  Let me know!  I need all the creative ideas I can get!

Happy Planning! xoxo

My Etsy Picks

I have been using Etsy.com for a lot of different aspects of my wedding.  From my save the date cards to the guest book.  This site has been my go-to resource and I am so happy to have one place with so many talented artists.

Here are a few of my favorite things.

Guest Book

If you are looking for a unique way for guests to sign in, check out this Finger Print Tree from Bleu de Toi Handmade.  The hand drawn tree can be customized and you’ll receive an ink pad for the prints.  I love it! And just put my name on the waiting list.  Yes, there is a waiting list! To get your hands on one click here.

Straws

I am a sucker for a cute detail and these striped straws are a great way to add a little flair to your cocktail hour.  You can find them here. 

Wedding Signs

Extra Large Banner No. 2 Prop - "Here Comes The Bride"

To add an unexpected element to your ceremony, have your ring bearers or flower girls hold a vintage sign announcing one of the most important people of the day…the bride.  This “Here comes the Bride” sign can be ordered in an array of colors and  is super cute!

Happy planning! enjoy!

Have a Seat: Mastering the Seating Chart

I am nowhere near creating a seating chart, but from what I’ve heard, it’s one of the most tedious tasks a bride and groom have to endure and making sure guests mesh well together can take hours of deliberation. With only one opportunity to get it right, designing a seating chart that pleases everyone is worth all the extra time and aggravation it takes to create.

If your RSPV’s are flooding in and you are ready to conquer the chart, before you start writing down names and table numbers, visualize your venue! Creating a floor plan of your space will allow you to picture where everything is set up. From the dance floor to the DJ and speakers, being able to visualize will help you seat the older crowd in a quieter part of the room and the party animal’s right where they belong – close to the dance floor! If you need assistance or want to check out a seating chart template check outWedding Wire or Wedding Mapper for help.

Figuring out where to seat your family at your reception can become a task within itself. To makes sure your family is not seated where you know they’ll loathe or next to a family member or friend you know they hate, start with your closest relatives and bridal party first, and then fill the gaps with guests that have similar personalities. Try not to make your single or married friends feel like they have the plaque by seating them all at one table instead mix them up and seat them where you know they’ll feel comfortable and motivated to mingle. It’s also a good idea to keep one table empty so vendors and any unexpected guests can sit and enjoy the night.  For more seating etiquette suggestions check out Martha Stewart Weddings.

Even though seating charts may seem insignificant, having a plan will keep everything running smoothly. Have you ever attended an event with open seating?  It can get messy. If you’re looking to simplify the task, assign tables for your guests and allow them to choose where they want to sit at that particular table.  Check with your catering manager first if you decide to go this route, this might work best if you are serving only one entrée during the reception.

When you finally figure out where to seat everyone, the next step is to determine how to get them there. Here are a few unique ideas on how to guide your guests to their tables.

Proclaim Your Date in Style

You’ve set the date, picked your venue and now you want to spread the news of the big day. Sending out a save the date card is the perfect way to let guests know when to pencil you in.

Similar to a wedding invitation, save the date cards follow the same etiquette guidelines and allow brides to add a little pizzaz when announcing their day.  But honestly, If I see another postcard or magnet I am going to scream!

Instead of taking the traditional route here are a few examples to help hype your big day!

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