Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Smallest Detail | Table Number Holders

When it comes down to the tiny details, I'd like to promise that it's easy to think of everything when you plan your wedding. However, in reality, I know that is not true. Often times for our wedding day management clients, we show up to details we have not been a huge part of.

Set-up goes well until we realize something just isn't working how it was meant to. An often culprit? Those pesky table number holders that aren't weighted properly to support a larger number.

This very thing happened at my own wedding (photo left). I did not account for the tablecloth, which made the surface slightly unsteady. As you can see from above, my place card was fine, but the table numbers I spent hours printing and cutting perfectly didn't stand up well - and coincidentally, there was no photos of. One even caught on fire during the reception - I kid you not! Poor number seven...

Since most venues have their own table number holders, they are a good backup option if yours will not work. They are most likely standard ones like these and probably not ideal for your overall design concept, but do the job. I keep 30 of these little guys (photo right) in my emergency kit, just in case we need to break 'em out.

What do I suggest you do to prevent this mishap? During your final venue walk through, bring your actual table number (at least the right size & weight of paper), holder and get a linen on the table and see if it stands when bump the table. Why? Guests will bump the table all night long while scooting their chairs in.

Ooh, and don't use the ones I did - the totally adorable crystal ones from Hobby Lobby, four for $10. They don't work unless you have solid surface tables with no linens.

[Aletha's wedding photo, silver table number holder]

4 lovely comment(s):

Tami Parks May 19, 2009, 8:49:00 AM  

Experience is always the best teacher...right?

Jessica @ Stella Event Design May 19, 2009, 9:37:00 AM  

Great advice! This happens all the time when brides are trying to come up with creative holders but don't take into account the large table numbers, or movement!

May 19, 2009, 12:55:00 PM  

Bummer that those cute crystal ones dont stay upright! : / Because they are gorgeous!!

Molly May 21, 2009, 10:59:00 AM  

I thought I was brilliant when I made my own out of silver wire and pearls....you want to talk about table numbers falling over! Oh my...

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