I love personalizing things at weddings, and I'm not just talking monograms. Little touches that you put lots of thought into add depth and added personality to weddings, and these are the things you and your guests will remember. Take, for instance, these stamped "Mr. and Mrs." forks to be used by the bride and groom at their reception dinner or cake cutting.
These table number spoons are perfect for an intimate rehearsal dinner, or maybe a wedding brunch.
Chalkboards are big at weddings right now. Add a pretty bunch of flowers and use these chalkboard mason jars to identify either table numbers or place settings.
Having a seaside event? These calligraphed sand dollars are pretty decor and double as escort cards. Mini-versions can be set at each seat for place cards.
Other ideas for personalizing your tables:
Use photos of the bride and groom at age 1 for Table 1, age 2 for Table 2, etc...
Perhaps best for an intimate affair, photo place cards are a unique and very thoughtful touch. Using a photo of each guest (childhood, recent, maybe with the bride/groom), print photos in black and white or sepia toned and matte with card stock.
Many brides chose to name their tables rather than number them. This works well IF:
1. Your table names are printed clearly and in a large enough font to be read in a candlelit room. Use a printed font rather than script.
2. You've given your caterer and coordinator a floor plan with table names.
3. There are not too many tables. Ten tables is easy to navigate; 20 named tables makes it hard for guests to find their seat. Unlike numbers, where "1" is likely near "2", the "merlot" table is not necessarily anywhere near the "cabernet" table. Note: if you do have a large amount of tables, you can display a sign at cocktail hour showing a diagram so that guests can know ahead of time where in the room Table 18 is.