If you are using a caterer/banquet center, they will have table numbers for you to borrow.
Lately, people have been purchasing address numbers from their local hardware store, but this may add up as well.
As a usual errand, I happened to stop by Target a while back and noticed these table number in their Wedding Section! [If you will have more than 10 tables, make sure you get the 1-10 packet and then 11-20 one]
Here are a few samples from recent weddings.
Cake toppers are lovely to have! but... sometimes, they don't hold up so well. :(
This one kept falling over [you can see the skid marks...], but the topper was also a little heavy and the top was not even so we finally fixed it by putting flowers on the top and nesting the topper within. The topper was so cute on its own and we were able to get a few shots of it on the cake!
Tip: Make sure your baker knows about the topper and how to support it if needed!
You've spent a lot of time and money on the perfect flowers for your event. At the end of the night, some guests may 'fight' for the centerpieces, but you may still be left with some larger arrangements.
I was curious about what to do with leftover flowers. Some florists may take them back to their store, but most will probably toss them.
So... why not bring some smiles to others? Try your local nursing home. Ask to give the flowers to residents who don't have a lot of visitors. Or try your local hospital. Some hospitals may not accept them, so call ahead. I called my local assisted living home and they happily accept leftover flowers.
If you bring your flowers without vases, you may need to wait until the next day to bring them so that the supply closet is available. Hope the flowers will continue to bring smiles to others as it did to you on your special day!
A lot of times, we trust mapquest or google maps or even our personal navi system. But we all know that those aren't 100% reliable! So it's best to use those directions as a guide and then to drive them to make sure that it is accurate.
I was making some invitations for a client about a month ago and used the directions from the internet and they turned out to be wrong. Good thing the client test drove them out.
I was almost meeting a client yesterday and we received some general directions from the venue coordinator, but after driving them through myself, I felt more at ease [especially by noting landmarks, I'm big on landmarks!]
Some helpful hints:
1. If the floor has carpet, pin the runner to it and then secure it with clear tape
2. Make sure the runner is longer than the length of the walk
3. Make sure the string is pulled out completely [they are relatively long so that the ushers don't have to be on all 4s trying to get the runner through]
4. If the string isn't long enough, snip it off and use ribbon or other string so that it's long enough
Other options to runners:
I've been looking for different ways of displaying your escort cards. Nothing wrong with the traditional display, but in case you were looking for some inspiration... I dug through the old archives of Martha and found... [all images/details from Martha unless noted]
Tented seating cards are elevated to new heights atop a pillow of carnations. Cut several standard bricks of floral foam in half horizontally, soak in water, and place in shallow plastic flower-box trays. Snip off the carnation heads, leaving a little bit of stem on each, and insert into the foam; each half-brick should hold about two dozen carnations and four seating cards.
[This is ideal if you have a party of 70 or less] Guests skim the alphabetized list at the right of this elegant seating chart to find their table number, then locate their table on the floor plan; place cards at the table remind them where to sit. Create the map using a computer design program, and have a copy shop print it in color onto poster-size paper. Or create it by hand. Mount on foam board, and edge with grosgrain ribbon. To avoid a bottleneck at the entry, place several maps in different areas of the room.
Leaning on an easel or hanging on a wall, a framed display of eyelet-inspired seating cards is charming (make as many as you need). The cards are cut from card stock and embellished with easy-to-find craft supplies -- a rotary cutter with scallop and zigzag blades, and decorative punches. For edging, cut four lengths of trim to match foam-board backing plus 1/4 inch; at corners, cut 45-degree angles, and stitch together with 1/8-inch seam allowance. Cover board with cotton faille; tape to back. With fabric glue, secure trim to board at outside edge; slip in frame with glass removed.
[image from Rebecca Thuss] Here's a different idea: wrap it around a tree! Just use some fishing wire and loop it around the tree. Then clip each card to the wire with a clothespin. I must say, I <3 clothespins. :)
A novel way to display seating cards at a formal wedding is to hang them gracefully from a wall in a ribbon tapestry; guests simply slip their envelopes out from the sides. Cut 6-inch-wide satin ribbon into 56-inch-long strips for the background; each strip holds 12 seating-card envelopes. On each strip, lay two 15-mm-wide satin ribbons down each side, one envelope-width apart, and pin in place. Lay a 5-mm-wide satin ribbon down the middle, and pin. Stitch across the thin ribbons, sewing at intervals the height of the seating-card envelopes. Hem the ribbons at the bottom. Fold over the tops of the ribbons, and sew to create a channel for a wooden dowel. Slide the dowel into channel, tie a cord to the ends of the dowel, and hang.
Create a master list in excel. (Yes, I am an excel geek!) Using the same file that you used for your guest list with addresses, sort through the list and pull out only the ones who said that they would attend your event.
Copy and paste the first name, last name, meal choice, and total # expected into a new worksheet. From there, enter in the table numbers in a separate column that they will sit at.
Sort the file alphabetically and save. In a new worksheet, sort the file by table number. If you can't figure it out, send the file to your coordinator and I'm sure he/she will be able to assist you.
This will help your coordinator out tremendously! From time to time, a guest may walk off with the wrong escort card or it may get lost (or the unthinkable, someone thought they rsvp'ed but somehow it didn't get to you). By using the master spreadsheet, a coordinator can quickly find out what table the guest is seated at. Also, it will let the coordinator know what tables have seats available for the unexpected guest. :)
Someone asked me how you can display the different types of meal choices without making it so obvious on the escort cards. Here are some options:
2. write a little letter representing the meal choice.
B - Beef
C - Chicken
V - Vegetarian
3. color code the names of the guests according to their meal choice in your color scheme.
Don't forget to note any peanut allergies or special food requests to your coordinator/caterer.
Looks like postage will increase AGAIN on May 14th! So use up all of your old stamps and mail some just because cards now. :) OR go buy yourself some of those 'ugly' forever stamps. I may have to switch over to those from now on. :(