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Do you really need table numbers for your wedding?

by Emma Arendoski

Are you looking for wedding table numbers (also known as table cards) for your wedding? You’ve likely seen table numbers at weddings, but do you really need them? Yes! Today we’ll tell you why you need table numbers, show you a few table card examples, and tell you where to buy numbers that look absolutely stylish. Take a look!

table number spelled out - part of centerpiece

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Why Do You Need Wedding Table Numbers?

The table cards we’re sharing with you today are from Z Create Design. They make some of the prettiest wedding table numbers we’ve ever seen! In this post, you’ll learn everything you ever wanted or needed to know about placing numbers on tables at weddings. From shiny gold table numbers to matte to free-standing table numbers, you’ll find it all right here. Who knew there was so much to it?! ;)

What Are Table Numbers?


p align=”justify”>First, what is a table number? A table number is, at its very basic form, a type of signage used to identify a table. If you have twenty tables, your tables will be numbered from 1 to 20, with the first few numbers typically used as reserved tables for the bride’s parents, groom’s parents, and any other family members you wish to have seated in a reserved section. Usually, tales with the lowest numbers are seated closer to the bride and groom (whether seated at a head table or sweetheart table).


The first few tables — depending on how many are seated at your round tables or how big your immediate family is — are generally reserved for your immediate family members and your groom’s immediate family members. This would typically include table numbers 1 through 2, or even 3 or 4. Parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. are generally seated in these tables. It’s a nice gesture and really makes your immediate family at the center of the reception happenings: they can easily see you during dinner and toasts, hear everything clearly, and be in optimum seats for taking photos.

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Why Are Table Numbers Used?

A table number makes finding a table very easy for guests. In addition, it is also helpful for dismissing tables to the buffet line at dinner or for waited service to keep track of requests at specific tables.

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Why Do You Need Table Numbers

• If you have assigned seating (with escort cards or a seating chart), numbers are absolutely required. Guests will look for their seats based on the table number to which they are assigned.

• If you do NOT have assigned seating, we urge you to reconsider. Assigned seating will make your reception run much smoother. Assigned seats also give guests the chance to mingle with other guests with whom they’d be a good fit, as well as make your guests feel more welcomed. Having a specific seat set aside for you always feels welcoming, doesn’t it?

What Kinds of Wedding Numbers Are Available?

Table numbers used to exist solely as black-and-white numbers on flat paper, affixed to a number holder. While those are perfectly fine to use, they don’t really add much to your decor. With creative table cards today, you can really make your decor pop! For example, these cursive table cards are actually made of wood. They can be affixed with a vase of flowers as a part of your centerpiece decor.

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Another option are free-standing table numbers, made of wood or vinyl. These table numbers are shown below.

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Here are more free-standing table numbers you’ll love.

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Finally, a table number doesn’t even have to be a number! Couples are also using creative table number ideas, too, such as table names (see: 75+ Creative Table Names) instead of numbers. Some examples include places you’ve visited together (Napa, Sonoma, etc. are great for a wine themed wedding), honeymoon locations, flowers, book titles, favorite sports teams, song titles, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Where to Buy Table Numbers

If you like the table numbers we’ve shared with you today, you can buy yours at Z Create Design! They’re amazing to work with and their products are beautiful. Check them out in their shop or visit The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride.

We hope this answered your question on why you need numbers on tables at your reception. But if you have any additional questions on wedding table cards, numbers, or anything else, let us know in the comment box and we’ll swoop in to help! We’re here to help with the best wedding planning tips!

Happy Planning!


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Kerri a March 24, 2016 - 11:32 pm

My favorite is Personalized Name Wedding Cake Topper in Gold Glitter (Item – CCP910)! Very pretty.

Harriet March 24, 2016 - 11:16 pm

I love the Mr. And Mrs. Chair signs.

Nikki S March 24, 2016 - 11:28 am

I love all of your choices, they are beautiful! I’d like my table numbers to somehow be associated with places my fiancé and I have traveled. Our wedding is travel themed. Do you have anything like that?

Chelsey March 24, 2016 - 1:58 am

I love the glitter table numbers in Rose Gold because it makes the seating area more festive, and it allows for more perhaps more cost-savvy options for flowers. I love flowers and would die to have beautiful arrangements, and I think the addition of the table numbers would definitely serve to highlight the beauty of whatever arrangement I decide on.

Mikayla crews March 23, 2016 - 11:41 pm

I love the gold “&” sign that hung between the chairs! Your work is amazing and your prices are very reasonable! I will definitely be telling my friends about y’all!

Rachel Swor March 23, 2016 - 10:17 pm

Too funny! Our wedding is vintage themed and the one I loved the very most on the etsy shop was the gold painted “vintage” numbers! The one with the 16 in the image. I just laughed because it just shows that is truly our taste! :)

Sheena S March 23, 2016 - 9:18 pm

I love the cursive table numbers from wood! They are exactly what I’m envisioning for my outdoor vineyard wedding!

AB March 23, 2016 - 12:27 pm

Love the gold numbers! Would look great at our rustic, country chic wedding!

Becky S March 22, 2016 - 6:14 pm

I love all things gold (fiance says I have the tastes of a well-off Italian gangster – marble, acrylic, and gold) and this is so needed as I am not crafty enough to make numbers on my own!

Alexandra Visconti March 22, 2016 - 5:21 pm

I love the gold colors ! This would look great at our Marine corp wedding:):) it would help so much with our budget since we are stuck with student loans!!

Cecilia G March 22, 2016 - 4:24 pm

I love the Ringer Bearer Gift Ring Security Badge it is adorable.

Lindsey H March 22, 2016 - 2:08 am

Love the freestanding wooden letters!!

Anonymous March 22, 2016 - 1:16 am

In love with the cursive written numbers

Michelle March 22, 2016 - 1:18 am

Oops! forgot to sign

Kristin March 21, 2016 - 10:16 pm

I like their personalized cake topper!

Claire March 21, 2016 - 8:46 pm

love the navy blue numbers! perfect for a nautical wedding

Brenna March 21, 2016 - 5:34 pm

ACR100 the matte gold numbers are my favorite! All of them are beautiful but those would go best with my envisioned wedding decor :)

Alice March 21, 2016 - 10:16 am

The Guestbook Wedding Sign is great! I love it!

Tiffany Niswonger March 20, 2016 - 9:53 pm

Love the wooden letters!!! Would go great with our wedding!! Love all the table numbers especially the gold glitter!

Abbey B March 19, 2016 - 8:17 pm

I love the Gold Chair Signs Mr & Mrs Signs for Wedding Chairs for Bride and Groom!

Shannon March 19, 2016 - 2:58 pm

I love the cursive ones!

Teresa P. March 19, 2016 - 10:03 am

I love the “Table Number Words on Sticks”!

Rebecca C. March 19, 2016 - 2:23 am

I absolutely love the wooden cursive table numbers to put in the floral centerpieces!

Kate March 18, 2016 - 10:49 pm

Glitter table numbers

lindsey March 18, 2016 - 10:33 pm

I like spelled out cursive table numbers, it fits with my art deco style wedding!

Mary S March 18, 2016 - 9:43 pm

Love the “Mr & Mrs” standing sign!

Lauren Conlisk March 18, 2016 - 7:30 pm

I like spelled out cursive table numbers. I think for it makes for a more interesting visual aspect! I am looking for stand alone, but also considering the ones you insert into flowers, centerpieces, etc. that float above the centerpiece.

Katy J March 18, 2016 - 5:48 pm

I had already saved a bunch of their stuff on my Etsy page! I LOVEEE the script thank you sign for the TY cards and the script tables numbers would go perfectly with the romantic garden feel I’m going for!

Olya C March 18, 2016 - 5:05 pm

I love the Glitter Table Numbers in Rose Gold Glitter Table Numbers (Item – GLI130) it will be a perfect touch for the rustic Colorado look I am aiming to create. Non glitter also looks amazing! I also love the thank you sign (Item – TYC200) – that is one of the coolest ones I have yet seen!

Megan P March 18, 2016 - 12:19 pm

My favorite table numbers are the acrylic clear base numbers. (Item – ACR100) It would look perfect on the pastel spring wedding we are planning. I love the “Mr & Mrs” wooden signs as well. So pretty!

Samantha Hardin March 17, 2016 - 11:21 pm

Having a seating chart was at the top of my list when I started planning and getting cute table numbers is on shopping list to buy, just like these! I love the peal colored ones! I am going for the Kate Spade/pearl look. My girls & I will be wearing peals as well! It would look so perfect with my theme!

Samantha Hardin March 17, 2016 - 11:16 pm

Having a seating chart was at the top of my list when I started planning and getting cute table numbers is on shopping list to buy, just like these!

Nicole D March 17, 2016 - 5:24 pm

My favorite table numbers the gold ones!! (Item – NUM125)

Nicole D March 17, 2016 - 5:21 pm

Love the Mr and Mrs Pillow Cases!!

Kristin Bradstreet March 17, 2016 - 12:40 pm

I absolutely love their wedding hashtag sign! I was already thinking of getting one made & I’ve used a ton of etsy shops for the wedding already & will definitely check out ZCreateDesign further for this sign!


Jessica March 17, 2016 - 10:52 am

I love the silver sparkly free standing numbers!

Heather Buchanan March 17, 2016 - 9:25 am

The Mr & Mrs wall hanging for above a bed is just beautiful. But I also love the table number words. Too cute!

Stefani Lowe March 17, 2016 - 4:51 am

love the wooden gold numbers!

Kelly Gwardzinski March 16, 2016 - 11:02 pm

Love the mr and Mrs. Pillows and the puzzle piece guest book!

megan van March 16, 2016 - 10:34 pm

my fav are the Table Number Words in GLITTER!!! love :)

katrina t. March 16, 2016 - 10:25 pm

Love that etsy designer!

Bailey klapmeyer March 16, 2016 - 9:59 pm

I love the gold numbers!! Gold is my wedding color and they would go perfect! :)

mary gwardzinski March 16, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Your work is amazing. I really like the Thank You Sign – Calligraphy Style – Wedding Signs Photo Props – Just Married Wedding Signs for Thank You Cards (Item – TYC200).

Christina Chong March 16, 2016 - 8:42 pm

I love the gold numbers that look elegant. :D classic.

Holly M. March 16, 2016 - 7:40 pm

I really like the Wedding Guestbook Monogram Letter Sign. A great guest book alternative!

Skyler C March 16, 2016 - 6:23 pm

I love the Gold Chair Signs Mr & Mrs Signs for Wedding Chairs for Bride and Groom – Hanging Chair Signs Wedding Decor – 3 Piece Set (Item – MCK200)! They would match our wedding perfectly, and they’re adorable!

Emily G March 16, 2016 - 6:18 pm

I love the Mr. & Mrs wall sign above the bed and the thank you wedding signs!

Jessica Minor March 16, 2016 - 6:13 pm

I love the silver acrylic numbers! Would be perfect for our clean and modern reception!

Julie L March 16, 2016 - 5:25 pm

I love the rustic table numbers.

Monica March 16, 2016 - 5:20 pm

I love the Mr. and MRS. table sign. It would be perfect for my reception!

Terrah B March 16, 2016 - 4:10 pm

I LOVE the *limited edition* calligraphy names cake topper! I think the color really sold me but the font is great too!


Kimberly wolf March 16, 2016 - 4:05 pm

The mr & mrs wedding sign for a sweetheart table are adorable!!!

jtc5297 March 16, 2016 - 3:52 pm

I love love love the “Thanks Y’all” sign in calligraphy. Great for thank you card photos!

Amy March 16, 2016 - 3:47 pm

Gold glitter table numbers would be perfect for my wedding!

Emma Arendoski March 16, 2016 - 3:48 pm

The glitter table numbers look awesome! Good luck, Amy!

Mackenzie Fagan March 16, 2016 - 3:41 pm

I like the Gatsby style numbers in sparkly gold for my Navy and Gold wedding!

Emma Arendoski March 16, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Hi Mackenzie! I love navy and gold as a color palette! And those Gatsby numbers are perfect! Thanks for stopping by :)

Jantsen March 16, 2016 - 3:24 pm

Digging the “regal” font of the table numbers! Very classic

Emma Arendoski March 16, 2016 - 3:41 pm

Me too, Jantsen, especially paired with the Royal base option! Good luck on the giveaway!

Maya March 16, 2016 - 3:09 pm

I love the Mr & Mrs wall sign above bed headboard!

Emma Arendoski March 16, 2016 - 3:12 pm

Beautiful find, Maya! Thanks for participating in the giveaway. Good luck!

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