This post is written for anyone planning a wedding any time soon and for my sweet daughter-in-law Mollie who is in the midst of planning a wedding with my middle son, Kevin. Technically, she is already my daughter-in-law, having married my son three years ago in a small civil wedding. I thought the day was perfect, but she always dreamed of a big beautiful wedding with all her friends and family and that is what brings us to table numbers.
I think I’m in charge of table numbers, but maybe it’s the centerpieces.
This is the centerpiece and table numbers I created for my oldest son and his wife three years ago so I must say I have a
long extensive, history with table numbers. Anyway, she has come to the right person.
For inspiration Mollie gave me this glittery cut out table number. Did she buy a set already? Normally, I don’t do glitter.
Seriously, in three years of projects, have you ever seen glitter? My projects have splinters and rust.
What I know is this…the wedding will be in June, at a vineyard, in a barn, near water.
I needed to do some table number research. I’m not ready to expand my search into flower centerpieces just yet.
What I found while looking for table numbers is that the options are endless. For as many weddings there have ever been, that’s about how many options you have. If you look up table numbers on ETSY you get 34,303 results of table number options. Ebay wasn’t quite as overwhelming with only 6,270 results.
With so many options, what’s a bride to do? I say, make your own or get your mother-in-law to make them.
The following are some of my favorites that I found on Pinterest. I tried to include the link to the original site in each photo wherever possible. If I couldn’t find the original picture I just threw you back to my Pinterest page.
This tag looks fairly easy to make and it has wood, rope, and peeling paint…perfect for a barn wedding.
Door Knob and Stencils and I already have the doorknobs.
Get their dog in on the action with photos of him holding the table number.
My daughter-in-law’s favorite flower is a Sunflower so I know she’ll love this centerpiece. Only problem is that sunflowers are not really in season in June but I still love this cute heart shaped table number holder.
Jumbo clothespin holding a vintage postcard. You can find a set of 6 jumbo clothespins at Amazon,Darice Bulk Buy 9191-98 Clothespin Spring, Pack of 6, 6-Inch Jumbo, Natural … and stamp or stain them.
Not into making your own moss covered numbers? I found a listing on etsy here.
This is such a cute idea, use pictures of the wedding couple at age 1, age 2….
Or have the couple posing with the table numbers.
Vintage doorknobs and postcards? I know I could make a set of these.
This is probably the most expensive option I’ve included…napkins with the table numbers imprinted on them.
This one is right up my alley, is that a pallet wood box and a chalkboard?
These would be fantastic for a seaside or waterside wedding…and yes you can make them yourself. Remember my buoys from back in June?
If you like these frames you can find the full tutorial here.
Very simple and elegant, whitewashed barn wood.
Since the wedding is at a vineyard, it makes sense to include a wine bottle as part of the table decoration. Here it is paired with a cute little chalkboard. Love how it looks with the lantern.
Wine bottle labels are widely available on Etsy or make your own.
I already have a bunch of bobbins and I love how they look with the homemade paper.
This wood and nails table number was from a wedding we went to last year. Of course I had to take a picture.
After looking at all these table numbers I was inspired to do a few myself so the next ten are my creations. Keep in mind that I’m not a professional wedding photographer and I was playing around with things I had around the house.
Super easy DIY, just spray a wine bottle with black chalkboard paint and add some twine.
Use the same chalkboard painted wine bottle, add a cork and the precut numbers Mollie originally gave me and finish with some gold Rub ‘n Buff. Just spread a little on your finger and spread on the bottle. You can buy it at a local craft store or Amazon carries it here…AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Wax Metallic Finish, Antique Gold, 0.5-Fluid Ounce
This was a fun one to make, cut a table number from an old novel…not one you’re planning to read any time soon.
I did absolutely nothing for this table number, the bottle from Antigal Winery already comes with a metal number attached. Unfortunately the winery only makes the number 1. All other table numbers would have to be glued onto the bottles.
How about a framed photo of the happy couple edited with the table number.
I know my DIL loves driftwood and if she picks this one, I could probably find some better pieces.
This is the inside of an old vintage mortise lock. I’ve done shelves with mortise locks but I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve done a wedding table number.
Vintage postcard printed on tissue paper, modpodged to an old bottle, add wire, beads and a cardboard stencil.
This is a framed vintage number flash card that I had when I was a kid. If you look closely you can see Huckleberry Hound and if you put all the numbers together in order you would have a picture of a train.
Another super easy table number, a wood slice with a nailed on number.
I don’t think I could choose just one and I’m sure whatever Mollie chooses will be absolutely perfect since she has great taste. After all, she did choose my son. 🙂