Table Numbers – Revisited

Quite a while ago I lamented over what to do for our table numbers. Luminaries wouldn’t work because it would still be pretty light outside at dinner time, and I just wasn’t too excited about anything that I’d seen in the way of table tents or metal holders. Frames didn’t really work for the feel of the tables either, and pretty much the only thing I’d seen that I liked was a plain and simple number, thanks to Martha:


So I set out to find my own wood numbers, but it proved more difficult than I anticipated!

There are a ton of options online and in hardware stores as house numbers. But the problem was that I needed numbers that were at least an inch thick, so they wouldn’t tip over when the table is bumped, and all I could find anywhere were ones that maxed out at 3/4″ in the 4″ height I needed. I did find some that were thicker in the 6-8″ range, but those were too tall and would have taken away from our centerpieces. And sadly, we can’t laser cut wood that thick, and I didn’t want to do the numbers in layers, because they wouldn’t look good from the sides. I did come across these on eBay, which eliminated the need for the thickness I was looking for, but I just didn’t care for the round bases.


So I turned to the next obvious source, Etsy! I put out my first alchemy request, and got several responses, but ultimately decided to go with Lizartestry. After several back and forth emails to clarify what I was looking for, along with her making trips to stores all across her town to find the right wood, she made these for me for $60:

(photos courtesy of Lizartistry, here)

Aren’t they lovely? Combined with my table chart that will go on the escort card table, I think guests will have no problem finding their seats. I only got numbers 2-13, since I didn’t think the head table needed one, but I wanted an extra in case we have to overflow to 13 tables. They’re about 4 inches high (so they won’t overpower my smaller table arrangements that are in the 5-6 inch vases), and an inch deep, so they won’t fall over when the tables are bumped. The font they’re based on is called “Rosewood Fill”, which was the closest I could find to the Martha version of the numbers.

The artist even offered to stain them for me, but I wanted to make sure they would match our wood grain paper, so I declined the kind offer. She also made the great suggestion that we should do something neat with the numbers that make up our wedding date. I’m thinking of maybe putting them in a shadow box with some of our wedding photos or something, so it’s great that I’ll have a use for some of these after the wedding!

After receiving the numbers, I stained them with a Fruitwood stain, that is a very close match to the wood grain paper. Here are some shots I took with half of them stained, so you can see the contrast.

And the final versions of our wedding date, all nice and stained.

(last three photos taken by me)

I’m so glad to have put this table number issue to bed! I have no idea why I was stressing for so long about something so small, but I was.

What are you doing for your table numbers? And are you using an actual number, or going the named-table route?


Mrs. Cola

Mountain View, CA
Wedding Date:
June 2010
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  1. frenchfries Member
    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:06 pm

    I love the bottles of beer, dutifully holding down the drop cloth while you stained. :) Cute table numbers!

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    Goldilocks1107 2684 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:07 pm

    Those are super neat! If we were doing table numbers, I think this is the way I’d go. Weddingbee is teaching me that there’s a ton of talent on Etsy, just waiting to be uncovered!

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    sunnydebs 785 posts, Busy bee @ 4:08 pm

    Any chance you’d like to sell these to me after your wedding?!

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    Katie, Guest @ 4:11 pm

    Miss Cola I think we have been searching for the exact same thing! I too saw those numbers on Martha and have been looking for the perfect solution… I may just have to send that etsy seller a custom request…

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    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:13 pm

    Soooo cute!!

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    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:14 pm

    oh those are great! i’ve never used an alchemy request, and it looks like it worked out great for you. i like how the beer bottles were helping out with the staining.

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    redherring 1815 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:15 pm

    @Miss French Fries – Ha! I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed the beer bottles :)
    @Miss Cola – Those numbers are fantastic! I’m glad you found that woman on Etsy, and I just might end up sending her a request, as well. I’m still deliberating about what to do regarding table numbers, but I have plenty of time for inspiration to strike…

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    mander411 735 posts, Busy bee @ 4:15 pm

    OMG your genius! I love it! do you think the etsy seller will start up a listing to purchase these? I have no clue what we are doing – thought about pics of us at the age of the # of the table but not sold on it yet

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:17 pm

    these are awesome! I’m also a huge fan of the beer as the paper weights- I always find wedding projects much more enjoyable with some libations!

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    Cole B 1367 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:20 pm

    Those are really cute. Etsy is perfect for getting exactly what you want!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:22 pm

    Those are pretty dang awesome. Makes me wish we were having table numbers!

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    kitten 868 posts, Busy bee @ 4:41 pm

    You did the right thing getting them through Etsy and not sticking with the considerably less cute pedestal ones. The ones you ended up with are definitely Martha caliber! :)

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:46 pm

    These are going to look great!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:53 pm

    I LOVE them! Etsy is magical….

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    hotchildinthecity 4626 posts, Honey bee @ 4:57 pm

    These are TOO CUTE! Wonder if my Dad could make them for me? ;o)

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    UCLAMeghan 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:22 pm

    Love them. We were actually going to do the same thing, but now have decided to letter instead of number our tables. (Long story, different time). Even though most places didn’t have numbers that would work, they DO have letters! :)

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    lemondrop 1198 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:42 pm

    Great idea!

    I love your paperweights!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 6:04 pm

    Those are so awesome! I love them!

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    guineapig 1375 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:06 pm

    Oh they turned out fabulously! I love the stain you put on them. And like Kitten, am super glad you did not go with the pedestal ones and persevered to get these!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:29 pm

    I love these!!! And I love that last pic, date twin, I totally saved it to my computer to use for something…

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    dsuhornets 141 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:34 pm

    I love this idea. So beautiful, and creative. You are very talented. We are doing landmark building from NYC as our table names.

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    nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:41 pm

    Those turned out so pretty! And I agree, the ones with the round base look like candles you’d stick in a birthday cake.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:11 pm

    wow those are too cute! great idea turning to alchemy at etsy!

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:18 pm

    Aw those are so cute!

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    Miss OBeeHave 29 posts, Newbee @ 11:20 pm

    These are so cute- I love them. I’m having the tables both named and numbered. I recently attended a wedding with named tables everyone had a difficult time finding their table hence I’ll be using both.

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    PeachandPearl 278 posts, Helper bee @ 12:22 am

    I love them! I’ve also admired that Martha inspiration for a while. Etsy IS magical!

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 12:33 am

    Love them! That’s some nice Pumpkin Ale you got there too :-)

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 12:37 am

    Really pretty!

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    Aylee Bits 64 posts, Worker bee @ 1:03 am

    OMG, I’ve been looking for these too! I was waiting to see if I can find them first somewhere before heading to Etsy. The numbers I usually find are too thin and unstable. I found white wooden letters at Michael’s that are perfect, but there are no numbers! Thank you for posting this!

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    Grey56 644 posts, Busy bee @ 8:28 am

    Looks great! Super idea. I love Martha.

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    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:39 pm

    ooooooh these are lovely cola, lovely :)

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    Ms. Library 464 posts, Helper bee @ 11:01 pm

    Those are really cute! I understand the stress of finding the right look for the numbers/names. It took us forever to figure out that we should name our tables after places similar to our wedding venue: covered bridges. There are fewer than you would think…

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:10 pm

    LOVE them!!!!! Great purchase!!!!

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    Lizette, Guest @ 5:29 pm

    Hello, I am the “woodworker” that made these numbers and I would like to thank Miss Cola for posting them on this blog. I have received many requests and it looks like I will be making many numbers for many weddings. I just wanted to thank you for the exposure and if anybody wants to contact me, feel free at

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    The Table Label | Weddingbee, Guest @ 5:08 pm

    […] When I first started the planning process, I imagined wooden numbers on our tables, a la Miss Cola: […]

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    smiles1979 574 posts, Busy bee @ 4:06 pm

    Love these! :)

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    smiles1979 574 posts, Busy bee @ 4:43 pm

    Mrs. Cola…are you selling your table numbers?

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    TT, Guest @ 11:05 pm

    I may have missed your response but are you selling your numbers?!?!?! I would love to purchase them from you! Let me know! Thanks!

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    Lizette, Guest @ 12:10 pm

    Hi TT<

    Yes I am, send me a request at and I would love to make a set for your wedding!


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    A Woodside Wedding: Details, Details, and More Pretty Details, Part 1 | Weddingbee, Guest @ 7:16 pm

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    Erica, Guest @ 1:57 pm

    These are great and exactly what I have been looking for. Would you be interested in selling these?

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