Let me paint you a picture. It’s the day after the wedding and Derek and I are getting ready to go to my parents’ house for brunch. After not checking my phone for 16 hours (that had to be a new record!) I decide to check my Facebook and see if anyone posted photos from the wedding.
The first one I saw was a photo of our table numbers that Allison had posted the night before.
And right below it I saw this message.
January 15th? What? Crap.
I quickly check my email for the original PDFs and sure enough there’s January 15th there. I look up at Derek and immediately say, “The internet is going to have a field day. Our tables numbers had January 15th on them.” then proceed to pout.
My new husband looks back at me and laughs. He sits next to me, wraps his arms around me, and proceeds to remind me how awesome of a night it was. He told me that if he was being honest he didn’t even see what our table numbers looked like, that he was only looking at me the night before and he liked what he saw. It was a great wedding and if the table numbers were the only thing that went wrong then it was a success.
He was right. The truth was I never got a good look at them either, I was too busy talking, dancing, and being with my new husband to pay attention to the table numbers. It was an amazing day and I would rather have had the wrong date on our table numbers than have it pour down rain. Of all the things that could have gone really, really wrong, we got off easy with the table numbers.
Still, knowing that the table numbers had the wrong date (which I take full blame for not noticing before the wedding), I still loved them. Really, really loved them.
The idea for the table number actually started with this inspiration photo.
The couple had sent race bib inspired save-the-dates to their friends and family, which I loved. I was wanting to work in some sort of race-themed detail (since Derek proposed at the finish line of Ragnar last January) and thought I could transfer the race bib save-the-date idea to table numbers.
Now I only needed to come up with what numbers to use for the bibs. Taking some inspiration from the popular “Love Story” pin I’ve seen all over pinterest – I had my idea.
We would use important dates from our relationship for the numbers. Perfect.
We had 21 tables, which meant 21 important dates. We’d been dating 4 years (+ a year in college), so it shouldn’t have been hard to come up with 21 important dates, right? Umm… apparently it was. I started off great thinking up some big moments (our first kiss, the date we reunited, when Derek proposed, etc.), but I definitely had to stretch it out towards the end with random trips we took and throwing our parents’ anniversaries in for a touch of luck (important to note that both sets of parents are still happily married 🙂 ). It helped having a blog so I could I pull the exact date for a lot of the occasions as well.
01.05.13 Wedding Day
04.08.84 Groom’s Birthday
02.08.85 Bride’s Birthday
04.24.05 Emily introduces the Groom to the Bride for the first time
11.08.05 Bride and Groom share their first kiss at AJ’s
11.14.08 After two years apart, the Bride and Groom reunite at Bullwinkles in Tallahassee
01.17.09 The Bride and Groom share too many hurricanes and realize there’s still a spark
02.15.09 The Groom tells the Bride he wants to be with her
05.31.09 Groom travels to San Diego to cheer for the Bride at her first marathon
07.03.09 Bride and Groom take first cruise together
08.03.09 Bride and Groom welcome Maddie into their lives
10.20.09 Bride and Groom are “Facebook Official”
03.12.10 The Groom makes the Bride dinner for the first time
04.30.10 Bride and Groom travel to San Francisco
10.03.10 Groom catches the Bride’s running bug and runs first half marathon
03.05.11 The Brides moves to Tampa to live with the Groom
06.03.11 Marley is born, Groom and Bride become Uncle Bubba & Aunt Meghann
11.26.11 The Groom buys the ring, starts planning the proposal
01.08.12 The Groom proposes at the Ragnar Relay finish line in Key West
11.13.82 Parents of the bride’s wedding anniversary
03.18.78 Parents of the groom’s wedding anniversary
It’s funny how the January 15 is the first thing I notice when I look at these now. When Katie first sent them to me I was so busy reviewing the other dates and information that I never noticed it. It was 100% my fault for not seeing the error when I reviewed them. Oh well. Nothing I can do about it now.
We had all the numbers printed at the local Staples on cream paper and they were done within the hour. We cut them at home (and saved ourselves $3 per sheet!) and glued them together to make them double sided.
(image credit: fANNEtasticfood.com)
The table numbers were a really personal detail that I treasure looking back on. I hope our guests had fun exploring the tables and seeing what all the important dates were. I had planned to do a cute board with a timeline of the dates and corresponding photos, but I ran out of time and energy. Something I learned as a bride – you can’t do it all!
(image credit: Jessica Wuller)
What did you do for table numbers at your wedding?