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Fun alternative wedding guestbook that doubles as a table number

This idea is just. so. clever. And fun! I love a good Pinterest find that really stops me like this one did – combining your table number and guestbook, but with the added fun of asking your guests to write you a message that you will read on your 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. wedding anniversary (depending on the table number).

How much fun would it be to read all those sweet and silly messages that your family and friends would leave you, over your future wedding anniversaries? And even if you didn’t want to have them as messages for your wedding anniversaries, the idea would still be excellent to use just for doubling up your table numbers with a guestbook. With one to each table it might mean that more of your guests get a chance to leave you a message, than the usual one roaming guestbook.

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Rustic wood table numbers

You’re probably sick and tired of hearing me saying how the simplest ideas are often the best, but I really do think it’s true.  So often we can overcomplicate what only needs to be a very simple thing – take table numbers, for instance, they can quickly become complicated and over-elaborate if you spend too much time thinking about them, when actually all they need to do it display a number or a name.

I love these rustic wood table numbers because they are so simple, effective, but also quite beautiful when displayed next to some pretty flowers.  The best kind of wood for these if you want a rustic look is salvaged or reclaimed wood, it’s not only more weathered but also each piece is likely to be different (which I love).

We found a fantastic reclaimed timber yard near us that we visited before our wedding to stock up on off-cuts of wood to make our wedding signs.  Search out somewhere like this near to you, or a timber merchant who might be willing to give you, or sell cheaply off-cuts.  Then with a simple lick of colour, paint on your hand-drawn numbers.  You don’t even need to create a fancy stand for them, simply rest them against you vases or pots of flowers.

Images: Raya Carlisle Photography via Style Me Pretty

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paper flag wedding table numbers

One of my favourite ways to number your wedding reception tables – with homemade paper flags stuck into one of your centrepieces.  I must admit now, that they are my favourite because this is what we chose to do for our own wedding tables, but they are simple to create, effective and easy to spot, and rather sweet I think.

paper flag wedding table numbers

All you need is some sticks (you could use bamboo garden canes, long twigs, or pieces of wooden dowel – which is what we used), paper and string.  You could handwrite the numbers, stamp them with ink, or print them on your computer.  Then it’s simply a matter of punching holes and tying them to the sticks – if you find they slip down, discretely use a little tape to hold them in place.

Images: Bayly & Moore via 100 Layer Cake

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Cotton reel table number holder

There are lots of ideas to take from this centrepiece arrangement, although what I was most drawn to was the customised cotton reel table number holder – a very sweet way to display cards numbering each of your tables.  Plus, in my world, making those cards from brown card with simple black lettering and numbers is even lovelier.

I’ve managed to find somewhere online where you can buy the wire holder part – I thought I’d bought some in the past and finally remembered the website, you can get them here at Panduro Hobby.  I also love the little planted pot of violas (my favourites are heartease as opposed to the larger pansies, plus their edible), a really nice alternative to just vases of cut flowers.

Image: Luisa Brimble via Ruffled

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Watering can table centrepiece

This idea caught my eye as I thought with the numbers on this planted up watering can it would make a great table centrepiece and table number all-in-one for a wedding.  There is a full tutorial on how to make this yourself (I didn’t realise this watering can had been sprayed grey), but if you wanted to just source old watering cans that are already aged and rusty they would work just as well.

You could either plant them up like they have done here, with any kind of cheerful pot plant – wouldn’t flowering lavender be beautiful?  Or you could place a glass jar in the watering can (if it doesn’t have holes or leaks just fill the can up directly) and pop in a beautiful floral arrangement.

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Big Tree Stationery, one of the eco-conscious wedding stationery companies listed on the directory, is having a fantastic sale on ‘Save the Date’ cards and wedding invitations.

For a limited time only you can get 10% off these products, so why not check out some of their fab designs like these country fete bunting inspired invites…

Or these letterpress designs that come in a range of funky colours…

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What could be simpler than the pretty details from this clifftop wedding?  Some lovely ideas that are easy to create for a rustic wedding – jam jars of flowers and table numbers on luggage tags.

Plus a gorgeous couple and some super cute goats!

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