Here are a couple photos of how the tables looked at the wedding:
(Above photo courtesy of my friend Kelsey.)
(Above photo courtesy of our photographer Char Beck. Who was awesome and we love and who you should use if you need a photographer.)
These are actually the only two photos I’ve seen of the tables, although I’m sure there are more out there. But for now this will have to do for the visual. The components of the table decor was:
1. Second-hand jumbo tea lights and holders from my friend Monica. Read the post about those here.
2. A vintage book (purchased for .50 cents each from the Seattle Public Library Book Sale) for each couple or for each person who came solo. I would say about 10% of the books were given to specific people on purpose, but all the rest were sort of random. Read about those books here and here.
2 a. A coloring book and crayons for each child who came.
3. Each of those books got a book mark (you can see those poking out in the top photo).
4. A stack of three vintage books wrapped in twine.
5. Handmade napkins that I plan on eventually turning into a quilt (and in case anyone is curious, after washing them I only threw away 8 that were stained). Read about those here.
6. Flowers in jars that we borrowed from my mom. A few flowers were taken from Steve’s parents garden and the rest we bought at Pike Place Market for a whopping $75. $75! In wedding talk that may as well be free. And a family friend was kind enough, and talented enough, to arrange the table bouquets as well as the bridesmaids bouquets.
7. Table numbers. I used my trusty X Acto knife and decorative corner punch to make these bad boys. Plus I used sturdy resume paper that I already had so I didn’t actually have to buy anything to complete them.
8. Name cards that told the guests which table they were at. I used the same exact supplies for these as I did for the table numbers. Visual:
I put the cards in stacks of ten so I would have a lot of mini victories as I was working. By this time in the wedding prep, it was definitely mind-over-matter.
About a week before the wedding my mom wrote the guest’s name on the outside and the table number on the inside.
When I break it all down like that it sure seems like a lot of work. Probably because it was. But spread out over a few months, it really didn’t seem like a big deal. Until I got to the name cards about two weeks before the wedding, and then I had the attention span of a potato bug. Wine helped though.
P.S. If anyone knows anyone who knows anyone in the Seattle area who might be able to use jumbo tea lights and holders, 19 table numbers, or some vintage books, please do let me know.