Break the rules and choose a fun and unique wedding table plan to display to your guests.
Each and every guest at your wedding will look at the table plan you’ve created for them, so get creative and have a truly unique table plan featured at the entrance to your wedding breakfast. Think along the lines of your wedding colour scheme or specific theme of your wedding – or just break all the rules and opt for a wedding table plan with a difference.
Ten Unique Wedding Table Plan Ideas
Fill Photo Frames
If you’re looking for a cool and cost effective way to display your table plan, you could start collecting unique and unusual photo frames. Pick them up at car boot sales, charity shops or even a store that has a sale on frames, then fill each frame with a lists of the guests seated at each table. You can then mount/stick each frame on to a bigger board to display on an aisle at the entrance to your wedding breakfast - or just have them all lined up on a side table for everyone to view.
International Table Plan
If you plan on visiting a number of places on your honeymoon or you’ve travelled a lot together already, consider an international table plan. Think about printing out the shape or map of each country and then list the name of each guest over it. Then, when it comes to the tables, they could each have the same country theme as the location on your table plan map!
Favour Table Plan
Steal an idea from American weddings, where guests pick up their wedding favour or place card before they enter your wedding breakfast. On a big table outside your banquet room, have all of your place cards or favours lined up, with the name of the guest and their table number attached. That way, each guest has to physically find their favour or place card and carry it with them to the table. Favours could include a box of truffles, a small plant or a box of mints to enjoy later on in the evening.
Table Plan Tree
If you both love the outdoors or are keen gardeners, consider having a potted tree situated outside the wedding breakfast room with the different table names and guests hanging from the branches. An effective, unique and very green way of displaying your table plan. You could even take the tree home with you afterwards and plant it as a memory of your wedding day.
Rustic Table Plan
If you’re having a rustic wedding theme then consider having a big bale of hay at the entrance to your wedding breakfast with long picture holders poking out, displaying your various table names. Names hanging off the rung of a ladder, leaning up against a wall is also a unique idea.
Vintage Table Plan
There are dozens of ways to introduce a touch of vintage into your wedding table plan. Imagine putting iced cupcakes inside vintage tea cups with the list of names displayed on card poking out of the cupcake. Or you could pin large white doilies onto a cork board display and write the names in calligraphy onto each doily for an uber-vintage look.
Engraved Table Plan
If you like the idea of keeping your wedding table plan as a keepsake forever, then investigate ordering an engraved table plan. Various companies will be able to engrave your plan onto wood, Perspex or mirrored glass, creating not only a truly one-of-a-kind table plan, but something that you’ll be able to hang up at home in order to remember your wedding celebration.
Chalk Board Table Plan
A cute idea for teachers tying the knot – write the names of your guests and table names on to a large chalk board for all to see.
Wedding Cake Table Plan
If you like the idea of doubling up your wedding cake with your table plan, then discuss (with your cake designer), creating a cake with the edible names of your guests in iced frames cascading down the cake. This could be a focal feature upon entrance to your wedding breakfast, and a fun moment to photograph when you cut through the cake after the wedding breakfast has been served.
Pot Luck Table Plan
If you don’t mind taking a risk, a pot luck table plan could be fun! Have a baskets at the entrance to your wedding breakfast containing the table names or numbers. Then, as each guest enters the wedding breakfast, they get to pick from the basket – leaving your entire seating arrangement up to complete chance. This option may not work if you have children or babies attending your wedding so do bear that in mind!
Where to Display your Table Plan?
Depending on the lay out of your wedding venue, you’ll more than likely need to display your wedding table plan at the entrance to your wedding banquet room. Your wedding planning manager or venue team will be able to give you the best advice when it comes to placing your table plan in the most appropriate location for your wedding guests to see.
How Much Should I Spend on a Wedding Table Plan?
Your table plan will probably come under the stationery portion of your wedding budget. You may be able to have this quoted by your wedding stationery designer or if you are planning to do a DIY wedding table plan, be sure to set yourselves a budget and stick to it.
Further Wedding Table Plan Inspiration
Once you’ve chosen an idea for your wedding table plan, be sure to choose names for each of your tables by reading our article on 100 wedding table name ideas.