I saw this image on the rather fabulous Irish wedding blog, One Fab Day recently, and although what this particular couple did with their letters was a wonderful idea, it got me thinking, and pushing the boundaries of table numbers a little further. So read on to see why I think you should ditch the boring table numbers. But first, a very big, “I am so sorry” for my distinct lack of posts and any kind of activity on social media for the past month, yes a MONTH! I am a terrible blogger!! It’s been a busy time, but instead of making my excuses, I’m going to jump straight into this post. Although I haven’t been writing, I’ve got a list of 20 posts coming at ya over the next few weeks so definitely stay tuned, no more missing in action, I promise!
Anyone and everyone can have table numbers; why not bring your guests on a journey by using letters to signify important milestones or fond memories of your relationship. Place a letter on each table and a short description or story behind it. For example, A is for the Aran Islands where you first met in 2004, B is for the beach where he proposed to you on a balmy summer’s evening in Barcelona, C is for the Chanel perfume you wear which is his favourite, F is for Friends, your favourite sit-com which you both love to watch on a Friday night in, R is for Rugby which he loves, but you don’t have a clue what’s going on but watch it with him anyway. You get the gist, and if you want to inject a little sense of light-hearted humour, share some of the not-so-glamorous memories; S is for the Sunburn he got because he said he had a good base tan on your holiday together in Morocco, H is for the insane High Heels you insist on wearing to watch him play football and then complain of sore feet. I think it’s such a lovely way to document your journey with your friends and family, and for guests or those plus one’s who may not know you as a couple so well, and it makes a wedding feel so much more intimate and personal, even down to the really small details. And if you’ve got guests that don’t know each other very well, it’s a great talking point and conversation starter at the seating plan and around the table.
It doesn’t stop there though, as a crafty, designer-maker lover, I would hugely enjoy just making and decorating each of these letters, which are relatively cheap to pick up in various stationers, anywhere that sells découpage papers or online. A super easy one, especially if you love lace and have a small budget, is to buy a stack of paper doilies and some PVA glue, Bob’s your uncle, and Fanny’s your aunt, as the saying goes. But this is a great opportunity to sit down with your partner and reminisce about the good times, the memories that stand out, or little things you remember and hold dear that you want to share with your wedding guests. One of the best memories I have of my sister’s wedding wasn’t the wedding day at all, it was a couple of days before when I sat outside in the garden with her and my future brother in-law and we put the favours together. It’s like a therapeutic calm before the glorious storm, a time that you get to spend together and enjoy before you’re in full festivities swing and the day flies by in the bat of a smokey-eyed lid!
I’ve created a board on Pinterest with a few of my favourite decorative letters. As ever, with my gold-dipped obsession, the gold sequin letters are a particular favourite and incredibly easy to make. Another great idea is to do a V for Vows and print off the vows that you are going to make on thin paper and cover the letter, découpage style. It then becomes a great one to keep for years to come and a piece of personal, sentimental house décor. Also, the convenience can’t be overlooked that it’s also handy to throw at your partner when he/she needs a little reminder, or leave it strategically beside the kettle as a not-so-subtle reminder….just sayin’. We all know marriage isn’t all an endless stroll through a field of wheat, holding hands and admiring the birdsong. Married couples have arguments and tough times too and we all need a little reminder sometimes of the kind of husband or wife we have promised to be to one another.
On that note, I’m going to sign off. I hope you enjoyed this quick little post, and I’ll be back real soon with more creative ideas to share with you.
P.S. I feel I have to say I do not in any way approve of violence or throwing anything but compliments at your significant other. Please do not throw your V for Vows at your partner, make love not war peeps. x