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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    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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    Mrs. Jellyfish 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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    Mrs. 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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    Mrs. Jellyfish 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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