Through the Years Table Numbers

For our table numbers, we wanted to do something that would hopefully encourage our guests to get up and walk to other tables and mingle. After seeing “through the years” table numbers on various wedding blogs, I was sold. Each table shows us at the age that corresponds to the table numbers. Since we have 23 tables, this means ages 1-23.

The most time-consuming part of making these was finding, selecting and scanning all our childhood photos. Luckily, I had the help of Mama Jelly on this one. She spent most of the summer going through old photo albums and scanning all my photos (as well as Mr. Jelly’s). Then, Mr. Jelly and I selected our favorite photo for each age and I got them printed at Costco. Once I had the photos, I mounted them onto ivory cardstock so that they would have a nice border around them. I enlisted Bridesmaid Amy’s graphic design help for the actual number part of our table numbers, which was based on a design I’d seen online. After she sent me the files, I printed them out and painstakingly cut out 23 circles. Then Mr. Jelly, Best Man #1 and I sat down and glued all the photos and numbers to burgundy cardstock. Are you ready to see our table numbers?

Tables 1-6:

1

I’m always on the left, Mr. Jelly’s on the right.

Tables 7-12:

2

Tables 13-18 (minus #15, which I forgot to print. Oops. Gotta get on that):

3

Tables 19-23 (since we got together at age 20, we just had both of us in the photos from ages 20 and up)

4

I’m pretty pleased with how they came out. In retrospect, I wouldn’t recommend using a glue stick because it caused some of the photos to warp a bit. Double-stick tape or Xyron might be a better choice. These were definitely time consuming, but they are one of my favorite projects for the wedding and I hope the guests will enjoy them, too!

What are you doing for your table numbers?

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Mrs. Jellyfish

Location:
Pleasanton, CA
Wedding Date:
September 2010
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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:39 pm

    These are so cute and something we would have done if Mr. E’s parents actually had more than 3 baby pictures of him.

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:39 pm

    I love this idea for table numbers! Yours really turned out great. I wish we could have done these for our tables, but we had so very awkward teenage years that I don’t feel comfortable broadcasting. :)

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    clarebee 2766 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:43 pm

    These are really cute!!!

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    West Coast Bride 708 posts, Busy bee @ 1:45 pm

    My solution for gluing is to use the sticky squares for scrapbooking. I had the same “bubbling” problem with signs for my wedding!

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    MrsGekko 5 posts, Newbee @ 1:50 pm

    I did the EXACT same thing as you! I found a picture of that layout on a site somewhere and did literally the exact same thing, and I love them!

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:53 pm

    I LOVE this idea!!!!!!! I had never thought of it!!!!!! Yours turned out fabulous too!!!! I love the circular part with the year/table number.

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:02 pm

    I love this idea! I may have to use it. :)

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 2:08 pm

    Wow, you are so good with these concepts. I would never have thought of this. Yours is beautiful. Wish I could do this but I hardly have pics of me for a huge chunk of my youth. I’m so glad I didn’t get kidnapped, no one would know what pic to give as there weren’t any :(

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:09 pm

    What a cute idea!

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    thistleandclovers 213 posts, Helper bee @ 2:16 pm

    that is a great idea!! i am sure you’re guests will *love* them. how fun :-)

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    Catherine, Guest @ 2:25 pm

    That’s exactly what we did! We got so many compliments on how cute it was!

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    emma5w 547 posts, Busy bee @ 2:35 pm

    What a cute idea!

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    sunrise 149 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:47 pm

    I really love this. Such a cute idea! And the guests will love it too!

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    KayMeiBee 156 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:50 pm

    We’re thinking Chicago Neighborhoods since that goes with our Faux-Destination wedding theme… But you’re selling me on this through the years idea. Would it be too much to do both?

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    aruka11 619 posts, Busy bee @ 2:57 pm

    Absolutely love this idea! They look amazing!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:28 pm

    Fun! Sometimes I wish we had table numbers and seating charts to add these nice touches.

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    seashell 1689 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:45 pm

    Love these – perfectly executed!

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    Katie, Guest @ 4:00 pm

    Cute! I like the ones of you guys as a couple the best; it’s similar to what other bees have done using their engagement pics. Although, I saw this recently at a wedding and thought the photos of the “young and awkward” years detracted from the elegance of the occasion; but then, I am not a fan of slideshows either. JMO, obviously your table #s are super cute and I’m sure your family will adore the walk down memory lane :)

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    eeper 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:03 pm

    Wow those turned out amazing! I would totally be the guest walking around to look at all of them!

    @jordynrose – I’m with you. Great idea BUT I would not want to subject guests to Tables/Ages 10-14!! They would think they were at the reject table…

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    nighsparrow 44 posts, Newbee @ 4:46 pm

    Super cute! We are doing childhood photos in Ikea lanterns for our centerpieces. For table numbers, we’ll probably just have something fairly simple but written in a nice script. I’m afraid I’m no where near organized enough to sort all the pictures by age! :)

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    mebless 512 posts, Busy bee @ 4:57 pm

    That’s so cool!! I would love to use that for table numbers, but since we’re having over 40 tables and we’re only 24/25 we would be a little short!!

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    ritsi_bitsi 932 posts, Busy bee @ 5:24 pm

    Love your idea!! We plan on printing photos of all the places we’ve been to together but with the actual table number Photoshopped into the image.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 6:41 pm

    oh that’s so cute and meaningful, and i think it also gives guests an incentive to walk around and check out the other pictures!

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    spitfire229 383 posts, Helper bee @ 8:23 pm

    Hey,

    I heard about this idea before and I’m planning on doing it too for my wedding. Thanks for sharing your approach. I was going to do mine back to back (ie me on one side and FI on the back), but I really like how you did them side by side.

    I’m disappointed though, because my venue only has tables of 10, and with 120 guests, I’ll only have about 12 tables, and such my “through the years” will only be ages 1-12 :-( I really like how yous are. :-)

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    spitfire229 383 posts, Helper bee @ 8:25 pm

    Another question, what size were your cards and what size of pictures. Did you get ‘white border’ done at the photofinishing place or did you layer the photo onto a white piece of cardstock (in essence creating the border)?

    Thanks!

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    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:04 am

    @MrsGekko: How funny! Great minds think alike ;)
    @KayMeiBee: Hmm, how would you do both? Could be doable I think but kinda tricky
    @Katie: I tried to choose the most non-awkward photos from our teen years for just that reason :)
    @eeper: Haha I actually put my best friends at Table 13, which IMO is the most awkward of all.
    @mebless: Yeah, that’s tough. That’s a lot of tables!!
    @ritsi_bitsi: Cute! i wish I had Photoshop so I could do stuff like that.
    @spitfire229: The cards are all different sizes, we based it more on the picture size, but I’d say most of the cards are 6 inches by 8 inches. The photos were printed in 4″ x 6″ size and then trimmed down so they could fit onto the cardstock, so they are usually in the 3″ x 4″ or 5″ range. As for the backing I just layered the photos onto an ivory piece of cardstock, in essence creating the border. Hope this helps!!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:24 am

    That is sooo cute! There’s no way we’d be able to do that with Mr. G’s baby pictures in England, but I want to! Definitely different from those “our travel memories” you see these days.

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 8:26 am

    Love these – they are a great keepsake – we’re turning ours into a photo album!!

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    Amy, Guest @ 7:15 pm

    I was totally surprised to be in the the picture of table 13 :D . Your mom told me about it. Hahha! Not to mention being in two or three pictures in your slideshow… oh my gosh… in our swimsuits at.. what.. 10-13? We had no figure back then.. hahah!

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    Lindsay, Guest @ 7:51 am

    I love this idea! I was wondering what you put on the back to make them stand up.

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    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:23 am

    @Lindsay: Thanks! My venue provided metal stands, so that’s what held them up. They were like 10 inch long metal stands with a circular holder part, if that makes any sense.

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    best auto touch up paint spray, Guest @ 10:16 am

    Wow! Thank you! I continually needed to write on my website something like that. Can I take a portion of your post to my website?

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    Mint2Bee 351 posts, Helper bee @ 1:42 pm

    Love this idea!

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