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Published on June 23rd, 2010 | by Staggered


Top 10 Wedding Table Names


Wedding table planning is a minefield unless your family could give the Waltons a run for their money in the harmonious relationships stakes. If your lot are anything like mine and have elevated dysfunction to an art form, things could get seriously hairy when you tackle the top table and you’ll need all the help you can get.

Help like Toptableplanner, in fact. It’s an extraordinarily nifty online tool for planning the seating at formal events like weddings. Forget messing about with scraps of paper and Post-It notes – you need a hi-tech solution for your wedding table plan. Toptableplanner lets you drag and drop your guests and tables around the screen until you’ve created your perfect plan.

You could go for the US ‘sweetheart’ table for two and avoid all the rels or maybe just have ushers and bridesmaids on the top table. There are loads of options which should satisfy even the tetchiest of families. Since it’s an online tool, you can edit your master plan from any internet-connected PC – handy for those lunch hour eureka moments.

Once the seating is sorted, it’s time to name your tables. Why? Names are way safer than numbers as they stop guests feeling that they’ve been seated in order of importance. If you’re stuck for ideas, here are the top ten trends in wedding table names for 2010, as compiled by Toptableplanner:

  • Places special to you as a couple e.g. where you met, where you got engaged
  • Countries or cities you’ve visited on holiday
  • Something related to the time of year e.g. snow, holly or Christmas for a winter wedding
  • Famous couples e.g. Romeo and Juliet, Fred and Ginger
  • Names connected with your theme e.g. types of butterfly or star constellations
  • Song titles
  • Names of special relatives
  • Famous authors or books
  • Gemstones
  • Football players. Really. Apparently, some blokes really do get away with this…

Adam, head honcho at Toptableplanner, explains:

“Giving tables names rather than numbers removes any perceived hierarchy. You don’t want Auntie Doris getting upset because she’s only on Table 8 whilst Auntie Eileen is on Table 5. Table names are also a great conversation starter, as guests try to work out the relevance.”

Table tantrums averted, now you can get back to the serious business of dreaming up the stag do pranks, writing the dreaded wedding speeches and sourcing the best men’s wedding suits.


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