Category: reception

50 Best Table Names for Weddings

table names for weddings

by the love paper co, photo: jen owens

Goodbye boring… hello, unique reception tables! Make your reception tables pop by replacing traditional table numbers with table names. Each table name is an opportunity to share your unique love story or tie in your wedding theme. And, I have to admit: the most memorable weddings I’ve attended were those with clever table names (like songs by The Beatles and types of wine). What will your table names say about you? We’ve rounded up fifty of the best wedding table name ideas to inspire your own creative twist with everything from states you love to favorite tv couples. Read on for the full list!

These Table Names Look Absolutely Beautiful at Weddings

While I loved every detail about my own wedding, one unique touch I would have added was table names like these instead of traditional numbers. Now, there’s nothing wrong with traditional numbers; however, now I can see how creative table names can be and how they effortlessly add personality to your space. For instance, your tables can be named after places you’ve visited together, local or national parks you hike or bike together, buildings on your college campus, places you want to travel together, etc. You can even name your tables after places your guests have traveled from, if many guests are traveling from around the world. I’ve seen table names for mascots, sporting teams, cities, states, book titles, song names, and more. (Get the full list of 50+ Wedding Table Names.) Plus, table names also make a great icebreaker for guests.

We’re kicking off this beautiful new week of wedding inspiration with these cute table name signs we spotted over at Paper and Pine Co. (with photos by the lovely Juliet Elizabeth Photography). These table name signs are handmade on wood and feature gorgeous calligraphy in white so they really pop. Take a look!


Table Name Signs

Use table names at your wedding instead of table numbers.  Cute and creative idea!  Sign by Paper and Pine Co. | Photo: Juliet Elizabeth Photography | table names weddings - http://emmalinebride.com/reception/table-names-weddings/

by paper and pine co.

These Swizzle Sticks are Perfect for Mason Jars at Weddings

Are you planning to have a signature drink or mason jar drinks at your wedding? We talked this week about our obsession with wedding coasters as a favorite bar detail; swizzle sticks are a close second! Swizzle sticks are functional as actual drink stirrers, but more or less they’re used as a fun decoration. To share some swizzle-spiration with you today, we are sharing a new creation from Company Forty Two, where Shelly is once again inspiring us to want a huge bash just because! Her party decor and handmade details are amazing! Come on in and take a look at these swizzle sticks, today’s #HANDMADEADAY wedding find!

Swizzle Sticks – Weddings: Drink Details

Wedding swizzle sticks by Company Forty Two | http://emmalinebride.com/reception/swizzle-sticks-weddings/

by company forty two

by company forty two

Wedding swizzle sticks by Company Forty Two | http://emmalinebride.com/reception/swizzle-sticks-weddings/

by company forty two

Find out more about these swizzle sticks and see other finishing touches for your reception at Company Forty Two.

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xo
-E.

17 Coasters That Will Look Absolutely Lovely at Weddings

How will you incorporate your personal style into your wedding bar? The first things couples always tackle are drinks and glassware, but what about fun and unexpected details that can make your bar really POP? Besides fun swizzle sticks or straws like these and a signature drink sign, wedding coasters are another detail we love to see at receptions. We have seen coasters given as favors, we have seen coaster save the dates, escort cards, and we have seen them turned into creative guest book alternatives. A unique wedding coaster can act as an element of decor for your theme, as well as offer functionality by keeping tables clean of condensation and acting as a “drink saver” (more on that below). To illustrate how awesome wedding coasters can be, we’ve rounded-up seventeen finds to inspire your unique wedding bar style. Read on to see what we’ve found!

Coasters for Weddings

1. Birch wood wedding coasters

These wedding coasters are essential for a rustic wedding bar. By Pixels and Timber.

birch wedding coasters personalized

by pixels and timber

2. Coasters as your Save the Date

These wedding coasters are so pretty! Send them in the mail as a save the date announcement instead of a traditional card. By Paper Street Press.

save the date coasters

by paper street press

3. Eat, Drink and Be Married

These coasters are elegant and feature a fun saying: “Eat, Drink and Be Married”. We love this example which features the couple’s names, wedding date, and website address. Perfect for guests to visit after the wedding if you’re showcasing photos on your wedding website. By Ruffhouse Art.

eat drink and be married coasters

by ruffhouse art

4. With Love from Chicago

Or Detroit. Or Los Angeles. Or NYC. Wherever your love adventure began! By Allie Hasson. Sidebar: it looks like this is the last batch of wedding coasters with “Chicago” and they might not be making more (sadface). Hmmm. I say, ask them anyway and maybe they’ll get a huge response and make them for all cities, since they’re incredibly lovely! I call dibs on Romeo.

from chicago with love wedding coasters

by allie hasson

5. Fondest Memories

These are coasters AND cute memories in one! Have guests write down their favorite good times with the bride and groom. By Starboard Press.

fondest memories with the bride and groom wedding coasters

by starboard press

6. Cheers Wedding Coasters

This wood coaster is perfect for a rustic wedding! We love the elegant calligraphy. Spotted at Julie Song Ink.

cheers coasters

julie song ink

7. Initial Here

For a handcrafted wedding, personalization is key! A coaster like this is a fun way to show off your new initial. By When it Rains Shop.

floral monogram wedding coaster

when it rains

8. Thank You to Parents

We’ve talked about unique ways to thank parents and guests at your wedding. This coaster is another fantastic way to do it! By Dinglewood Design.

thank you to guests wedding coaster

dinglewood design

9. Polka Dotted

This festive polka dotted monogram coaster is one of our favorites: it can be customized to suit your color palette and shows off your monogram. By Dear LC.

polka dotted monogram wedding coaster

dear lc

10. Wedding Coaster Favors

Wrap up a set of coasters and give them to guests as favors, like these by My Little Chickadee Creations which are custom and handmade.

custom wedding coaster favors

my little chickadee creations

11. Please Don’t Take My Drink

A wedding coaster can be used as a drink saver, when placed on the rim of a glass. This coaster reads, “Please don’t take my drink, I’m dancing“. I swear, the number of drinks “cleaned up” while people are dancing is incredible! It will save you money, too, as a bonus, since most guests go get a new drink when they discover theirs is gone.

dont take my drink wedding coaster

tea and becky

12. My Wish for the Newlyweds

Place these wedding coasters at the bar and guests can write their well wishes! This also takes the place of a guest book (similarly to #5, above). By Starboard Press.

my wish for the newlyweds wedding coasters advice

by starboard press

13. Chalkboard

Guests can write their names on these chalkboard coasters so they don’t lose sight of which drink is theirs.

chalkboard wedding coasters

kate aspen

14. Photo Save the Date

You can have your engagement photo placed onto a coaster and sent as a unique save the date, well ahead of the big day.

wedding coasters personalized with photo

via evermine

15. Escort Card Coasters

Meet the escort card coaster: it’s an escort card and drink coaster in one! Two birds, one stone.

coaster escort cards wedding

photo: k seidl photo via style me pretty

16. Happily Ever After

Bright and cheery, these happily ever after coasters are a delightful touch.

and they lived happily ever after wedding coasters in green

print smitten

17. Save the Date Coaster

Last but not least, this save the d-ate coaster is another favorite way to set the tone of your event and tie in your theme, too.

save the date coaster

fossil letterpress

Will you be using wedding coasters at your reception?

Why or why not? Tell us what you think in the comment box below.

xo,
-E.

These Cursive Cake Toppers are So Lovely in Gold

When it comes to your classic wedding cake, a cursive cake topper with a gold finish is always a fitting touch. These cake toppers are handmade with fiber board, gold paint, and a whole lot of love! With custom options like your names or cute sayings like, “And so the adventure begins“, it’s no surprise that these toppers (by Better Off Wed) are always a crowd-pleaser at weddings! Plus, you can enjoy them on your anniversary cakes for years to come. Take a look at a handful of our favorites below. Which one do you love best?

Cursive Cake Toppers in Gold

Your Names

gold writing cake topper

pretty script cake topper

Happily Ever After

happily ever after cake topper

To the Moon & Back

to the moon and back cake topper

All of Me Loves All of You

all of me loves all of you

And… my favorite…

You Are My Greatest Adventure

you are my greatest adventure cake topper

You can see these (and tons more!) Better Off Wed.

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Which of these cake toppers is your favorite?

xo
-E.

Monogrammed Lace Garter (& ‘You’re Next’ Toss Garter) — Giveaway!

Want to win a garter for your wedding? Thanks to the lovely Sheila of Southern Ever After, now’s your chance! She is giving one lucky bride-to-be a monogrammed lace garter AND a tossing garter that reads “You’re Next”! Toss the You’re Next garter at the reception and, as tradition states, the woman who catches it is next to marry. The monogrammed garter is handmade and stitched in blue thread (so your something blue is covered). How’s that for making your wedding planning less stressful? ;)

Read on to find out more and enter for YOUR chance to win!

Monogrammed Lace Garter

Take a look at this beautiful lace garter and matching toss garter set, below:

by southern ever after

Monogrammed Lace Garter

by southern ever after

Monogrammed Lace Garter

by southern ever after

Monogrammed Lace Garter & Toss Garter Set — Giveaway Details

o Giveaway dates: 6/24/15-7/1/15 (11:59pm EST)

o Prize: Monogrammed Lace Keepsake Garter and You’re Next Toss Garter Set by Southern Ever After

***NOTE: Wedding date must be a minimum of two months out.

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o Free shipping included to the U.S. and Canada
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $44.99 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter…

Wedding State Cake Toppers

Did you and your soon-to-be spouse meet in separate states? Share your story with these wedding state cake toppers spotted at Prince Whitaker! They’re made of wood for a rustic look and are carved with your initials for personalized flair. You can have an ampersand included in the middle, which is engraved with your wedding date. Any state available.

Wedding State Cake Toppers

Wedding state cake toppers

topper: prince whitaker | photo: rebecca pfeifer

topper: prince whitaker

wedding state cake toppers handmade

topper: prince whitaker

You can find out more in their shop.

xo
-E.

20 Questions You *Need* to Ask Your Wedding Venue

Ready to book your wedding reception venue? WAIT! — don’t do anything until you ask these important questions. They’ll save you a headache later on and guarantee that you and your venue are on the same page. After all, don’t you want to spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the fun, like this cute couple?

bride and groom smiling

photo: william kim photography | see the real wedding

We thought so! Read on to begin…

Questions to Ask Wedding Venue

1. Is our wedding date available?

The most popular of the questions to ask your wedding venue? Your date! Find out if your date is available and, if so, how to book it to ensure your date is saved.

2. How many other weddings are booked on the same day?

It’s helpful to know how many other weddings are happening at the same time as yours. It’s fine if there are additional weddings the same day, as long as ample staff can handle the size of your event.

3. How much is the deposit?

Be very clear about how much you owe to reserve the date, when it is due, and how you can make a payment.

4. How many deposits are required?

If more than one deposit is required, find out when they are due and which method payment can be made.

5. Do we owe for “extra” costs?

These extra costs are sometimes in fine print and can include a cleaning fee, overtime charge, or gratuity. Make sure you get all the costs before signing anything.