Becky Male Photography
Becky Male Photography

Ready to start putting together your wedding reception seating plan? Once you’ve decided where all of your guests will be seated, you can move onto the fun part – choosing your wedding table names. While you could easily number them and call it a day, we suggest coming up with unique monikers that suit your wedding theme and personalities. We’ve created this handy dandy guide to get you started.

Here are a few tips for choosing your wedding table names.

Work in your wedding theme
You probably put a lot of time and energy into choosing your wedding theme, so, naturally, you want to weave it into every part of your event – even your wedding table names. Need some ideas to get you started? We’ve got you! If you’re hosting a trendy woodland wedding, you may want to name your tables after trees, flowers or forest critters. Or maybe you’re going 100% vintage? Think about using the titles of old movies, like Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and It’s a Wonderful Life. Options are endless, so you can really flex your creative muscles.

Bonito Photography
Bonito Photography

Consider your hobbies
Your hobbies and interests can be great wedding table name inspo, too. For example, if you and your fiancé(e) bonded over your mutual love of travel, you may want to name your tables after places you’ve visited or dream of visiting. P.S. if this doesn’t align perfectly with your theme, NBD – everything doesn’t need to match perfectly.

Photography by Ochi
Photography by Ochi

Ask around
Now’s the time to put your friends and family to work! Asking your nearest and dearest to help you dream up some sweet wedding table names isn’t exactly a chore, so they should be more than willing to jump on board and help. If you still come up dry, think about adding a poll or discussion forum to your wedding website – one of your guests may have an amazing idea.

Wedding Table Plans
Wedding Table Plans

Think about how many tables you’ll have
Before you commit to a naming scheme for your tables, consider just how many tables you’re going to have at your wedding. You could have an awesome idea, but it may only work for a handful of tables, so be mindful. For example, say you want to use the names of Harry Potter houses - you know, Gryffindor, Slytherin, etc. - that means you can’t have more than four tables in your venue, which probably isn’t the case if your guest list exceeds 100 names. Before you freak out - you don’t have to ditch your vision, you just have to get more creative. Think about naming them after characters, potions or spells, instead!

Special Days Wedding & Events
Special Days Wedding & Events

Remember, presentation is key
Once you’re happy with your wedding table names, think about how you’ll display them on the tables and on a seating plan. Using cards with fonts that match your stationery is the tried and true method, but there are plenty of unique options available to you, as well. For example, if you’ve chosen to name your tables after pieces of literature, you could simply use copies of the real books or photos of their covers. Pro tip: if you’re using aesthetically-pleasing props to show off your table names, you may be able to get away with less elaborate wedding table centrepieces.

Steve Gerrard Photography
Steve Gerrard Photography

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