Choosing your table names at your wedding can be a surprisingly difficult task. Firstly I have to state there’s nothing wrong with numbers. They’re functional, easy to understand but your unlikely to win any prizes for imagination for these but then there are no prizes for imagination – though you may get compliments. So this article is not trying to be a definitive list of table naming schemes. Instead it’s meant to give a wide range of different ideas with some examples to start your imagination working.
Why should you consider names over numbers? Well it’s a real chance to put a personal stamp on your wedding and say something about yourselves.
The significant places option – this can be everything from hometowns, where you studied, where you have relatives, anywhere that’s significant
Cambridge, Oxford, Queen Camel
Guildford, London, Cardiff
The Holidays option, this can be combined with the above scheme as necessary and can be lots of different holidays or maybe several locations from one holiday.
Example 1: Florida, Antigua, Barcelona, Tuscany
Example 2: Orlando, Kissimee, Tampa, Cape Canaveral, Miami, Everglades
The favourites option, this can be anything like favourite foods, films, books, authors, anything!
Example 1: Chocolate, Caramel, Grapes, Strawberries, Scones, Steak
Example 2: The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, Hamlet, Guards Guards Guards
Example 3: Indiana Jones, The God Father, Spirited Away, Toy Story
Sweets or fruit, this could be covered by above but I want to mention it separately as it lends itself to using bowls of fruit or sweets as table directions. E.g. why not have a bowl of Jelly Babies on the Jelly Baby table? Sweets are easy to adapt to a theme to as you can have classic sweets or ones from your childhoods.
Example 1: Jelly Babies, Buttons, Skittles, M&M’s
Example 2: Plums, Apricots, Strawberries, Tangerines
Example 3: Cola bottles, Liquorice All Sorts, Sherbet Dips, Gold Coins
The Quiz Option, why not make it fun and not entirely predictable. Your table plan can be fun and interactive, instead of names on the Table Plan why not ask Questions where the names on the tables are the answers. You can give the answers to your little Bridesmaids or other parties so the answers are out there but if you have place names people will be able to know where they should be sitting.
Example: Where did the Groom go to University, Table Name: Exeter
Example: Where did Jon and Laura get engaged, Table Name: The Cotswolds
Example: Where is Jon and Laura’s honeymoon, Table Name: Barbados
The Pairs options, why not have a bit of fun like the Quiz and have pairs of things so the table plan would have one half on and the table name would be the other.
Examples: Plan Cagney – Table Lacey, Plan Romeo – Table Juliet, Plan Strawberries – Table Cream, Plan Fish – Table Chips
For an extra personal twist why not choose things based on your names so use things with the same first letters. E.g. using if you were C&O (Chris and Oriane) then Cheese and Onion would fit this.
Colour Options, this can be personal or not and there are lots of interesting colour names out there. I would advise making this personal and find good sounding names based on your colour theme. E.g. if you have a blue and pink colour theme then use names of shades of blue and pink. Wikipedia is a great source of these names.
Example: Cobalt, Sky, Sapphire, Celeste, Persian
Greek Classic Options, these could be based on the names of ancient Greek cities, mythology, or even the alphabet.
Example 1: Athens, Sparta, Thebes, Corinth
Example 2: Apollo, Athena, Zeus, Artemis
Example 3: Omega, Rho, Omicron, Gamma
The Sky options, why not draw inspiration from looking up by choosing names of stars, planets, constellations or types of clouds.
Example 1: Rigel, Sirius, Betelgeuse, Polaris
Example 2: Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Neptune
Example 3: Libra, Gemini, Taurus, Andromeda, Triangulum
Example 4: Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, Stratus, Cumulus, Noctilucent
Classic Film Options, why not go to Hollywood and choose films or actors and actresses who are well known for classic tales of love and romance.
Example 1: Hepburn, Bogart, Sinartra, Gene Kelly, Leonardo Di Caprio
Example 2: Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys