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Table names are one of those details where the personality of the couple can really shine. I had lots (!) of ideas. Many of which Mr. PaC shot down quickly. Hrmmm.

yellow things – this one takes commitment! Also, I’d rather leave the thematic education to Sesame Street.

random things that we love – under apothecary bell jar cloches for a museum or terrarium feel. I just wanted an excuse to buy/rent 10+ bell jars.

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via Remodelista / sourced from Restoration Hardware

childhood items (slinky, Legos, plastic dinos, horses, crayons, Hot Wheels, marbles, kaleidoscope, alphabet blocks, mini sailboats, army men, pinwheels)

Even though we don’t have kids, there are plenty of these items around our house. We’re a couple of kids at heart!

types of boats (sloop, yawl, ketch, cutter, schooner, dinghy, dhoni, catboat, fractional rig sloop, tall ship)

sailing

Given strong consideration for a few weeks until Mr. PaC came to the realization that, yes we like sailing, but not enough for a nautical theme to overtake our reception.

Delaware landmarks & cities (Winterthur, Hagley, Nemours, Brandywine Creek State Park, Dewey Beach, Greenville, Old New Castle, Dover)

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Hagley

An okay idea, but I wanted to use my own photographs. And what do you choose to represent a whole city? Too much thinking/work!

travel (Mexico, OBX, Napa & Sonoma, Philadelphia, Chester River, Finger Lakes, NYC, Nantucket, Bethany/Dewey Beach)

Showcasing the destinations we’ve visited together was his idea. I was lukewarm about this one.

And then my favorite idea, ever: wine regions or varietals!

Since our centerpieces are modified wine bottles and the escort card base is a cork, it made perfect sense. But both were nixed by Mr. PaC. Why so cruel! He claimed these themes were too pretentious. I argued it made sense: we’ve taken two big wine trips, I have a wine blog and obvs we’re really into wine. Insert big, exasperated sigh.

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Our 2009 Finger Lakes trip, a month before the proposal.

So the compromise became beverages of a different sort: cocktails! Every year, we seem to have a new favorite drink. A quick brainstorming session turned up a solid list of 30 pared down to our favorites:

  • White Russian – skiing drink, pop culture reference and favorite of several friends/relatives
  • Dark & Stormy – sailing drink
  • Orange Crush – the unofficial cocktail of Dewey Beach (and our signature cocktail)
  • Dirty Martini – a longtime favorite. Vodka, on the rocks please!
  • Woo Woo – a fruity shot that appears at Mr. PaC’s family’s weddings
  • Gin & Tonic – my grandfather’s drink of choice and a more serious option
  • Margarita – no explanation needed
  • Mojito – our summer of ’09 drink
  • Salty Dog – another nod to sailing
  • Rum Runner – for the rummies among us (I’m looking at you, Mom!)
  • Cosmopolitan – a martini for the more, ahem, cosmopolitan guests
  • Piña Colada – one of my guilty pleasures

And the name for our sweetheart table?? Sex on the beach! (Ahahahaha, just kidding! Calm down family members.)

Now that the table names are set, the next task is grouping our guests into tidy groups of eight. Photos of the table markers are forthcoming!

Which cocktail table would you like to be seated at? Did you choose table numbers, names or forgo the whole assigned seating mess entirely?

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Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Location:
Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
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    KCheer 370 posts, Helper bee @ 10:56 am

    Fun idea! (I am torn between mojito and margarita….) Anywho, we did random numbers that represented things about me and my husband…like the year we were born, the number of shoes in my closet, the number of albums on the Mr.’s iPod, the number of miles we lived apart when we first started dating, etc, etc, etc. We got lots of positive feedback, and it was oh so fun coming up with the numbers!

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    ExtraCool Person 22 posts, Newbee @ 10:58 am

    i like the apothecary bell jars. these would make for some vintage/cool centerpieces!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:58 am

    Love this! I would definitely park myself at the margarita table, but I would want to try all the drinks to make sure I picked the right one ;)

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    coasterkim, Guest @ 10:59 am

    My married name will be Bell, so I’m having tables named: Liberty Bell, Big Ben, Alexander Graham Bell, Ma Bell, Taco Bell, etc. with descriptions of each. Is that too silly?

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    KCheer 370 posts, Helper bee @ 11:03 am

    @coasterkim – I think that idea is SO cute!

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    Courtnee 153 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:17 am

    Cute idea! We are doing things or places significan’t to us and then putting a little descriptor underneath it to explain it’s significance. For example, on table name is “Cameron’s” and then underneath in a smaller font it will say “Cameron’s is the restaurant the bride & groom went to for their first dinner date”. That way our guest can learn something about us.

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    Cant pick a date 165 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:42 am

    I am getting married at a ski resort, I am thinking of making table names the different slopes they have there but FH does not ski, where as I skied there every Saturday for years, maybe I will just go with #s to be fair….

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    balloons 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:47 am

    Love the names you ended up with! I’d be sitting at the classic margarita :)

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    FutureMrsMaher 856 posts, Busy bee @ 11:53 am

    Seat me at mojito every time! Love the names. We’re doing the assigned seating as that’s just how it’s done over here- I wimped out and creatively named out tabes ’1, 2, 3 and so on haha) I love the bell jars aswell- can’t see on without thinking of beauty and the beast!

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    MissCasey 223 posts, Helper bee @ 12:09 pm

    We are going to do table numbers… then have pictures of us at each different age (1, 2, 3, …) on each.

    You’d have to have a sense of humor to get seated at the “dirty martini” table. Some people could that that the wrong way!

    Seat me at the margarita table, please!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:10 pm

    Love the names, I would want to be at the mojito table!

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    vtbride2010 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:19 pm

    @Miss Pony – aha ha ha ha. I was thinking the same thing! Can I try one of everything and THEN decide which table I can sit at!? If no, then point me in the direction of the pina colada or margarita table please! (with salt!)

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    Mrs.Mittens 2427 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:21 pm

    Rum Runner table please! lol.

    We are having 25 guests total, which is three tables. Because I am corny, we named them Love, Honor, and Respect. I think. I have 5.5 months to change my mind and I probably will! :)

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    sarahnyc23 366 posts, Helper bee @ 12:27 pm

    I would definitely want to be at the margarita table, although I love a good Dark & Stormy! We named our tables after streets where we had lived — and tried to work it out so the people who sat there knew us when we lived on that street. I am really excited to see how your wedding all comes together, I think it will be beautiful. (As an aside, I really want to go to the wineries in the Finger Lakes, but my husband is not convinced it will be worth the trip!)

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:36 pm

    @KCheer: I suggested random numbers too, but he shot it down. “No numbers over a hundred.” (Really?) I had a good list going too. Glad someone’s having fun with this method.
    @coasterkim: I like it, maybe because it is a little silly. Weddings don’t have to be so serious! :)
    @Courtnee: That’s a great way to share details of your courtship with the guests. I bet they’ll wander from table to table to read about the significant places.
    @MissCasey: Trust me, the friends sitting at the Dirty Martini table won’t mind! They’re all martini drinkers and can appreciate the joke.
    @Mrs. Elephant: Aaaaand now I want a mojito. But it’s 12:30 and I’m at work.
    @vtbride2010: Mr. PaC said the poor bartenders are going to be mixing up these drinks all night because of what we did. We did give our venue coordinator a heads up on the White Russians b/c it is such a popular drink w/ our guests.
    @mittens111211: What a sweet idea! There are so many fun themes you could do with a smaller number of tables!!
    @sarahnyc23: You NEED to go to the Finger Lakes. I’m a wine snob and it was a great trip (not as mind-blowing as Napa/Sonoma, but much easier and cheaper.) I’ll PM you the link to my wine blog with reviews.

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    Nikki, Guest @ 2:15 pm

    Our’s is a long ways off, but we’ve decided each table will be a thing we enjoy or that brought us together that are super quirky, but the table centerpieces will have a placard with them that explains the randomness/why we chose it…

    Current Ideas:
    Facebook
    Coffee
    Dinosaur
    Bulldog
    Mexican
    Popcorn
    Harry Potter

    Among various others, but we’ll end up narrowing it down to 5 or 6. Very small group. :)

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    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:16 pm

    Awesome idea!!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:34 pm

    LOVE this!

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:22 am

    ahhh sex on the beach is my go-to cocktail… not that my adoration of it makes ordering it any easier in public :X

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    almostmrs.v 19 posts, Newbee @ 3:23 pm

    We have a rustic nature theme- so I’m taking photographs of nature items arranged so it looks like a number…

    like rocks in the shape of a number 6.

    :)

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