Sunday, February 21

Landmarking Guest Tables

I love getting packages in the mail, especially when they are for the wedding! Yesterday our Sand Ceremony engraved vases and colored sand arrived, and they were stunning and exactly as I’d envisioned. I’d ordered the Guest Book Vinyl Record from Amazon just a few days ago, and today it arrived in perfect condition! Now I’m waiting on just a few other packages to arrive, including the Things Remembered Server Set that matches the flutes we already purchased, as well as the personalized wedding gown hanger that I ordered from Etsy after reading march-eleven2010’s Hanger of Love blog post. And soon enough the engraved Glass Photo Blocks we ordered for the reception tables should be here. Which leads me into today’s blog post… our guest table theme!
Joe and I wanted to do something a bit more untraditional than table “numbers” at the reception and spent time researching different creative ideas and imagining unique ways to seat our guests at their designated tables. Since we’d already decided to go with the St. Louis-specific tradition of giving boxed mini Gooey Butter Cakes as our guest favors, we thought it would be neat to also incorporate a St. Louis theme into the tables to bring it all together. So instead of numbering each table, we decided to name them after each of our favorite St. Louis landmarks. Of course we had to include the stadium where Joe’s beloved Blues hockey team plays as one of the table themes, and I got to include one of my very favorite spots known as Forest Park which is home to the live outdoor theater called The Muny. But the list wouldn’t have been complete without a table theme for both The Arch and for Busch Stadium (home of baseball champions The St. Louis Cardinals), and we chose several other popular spots like the famed U-City Loop, acclaimed Botanical Gardens, and award-winning St. Louis Zoo.
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We needed to come up with a landmark theme for all nine guest tables, which proved rather difficult considering it’s hard to narrow all of the amazing St. Louis landmarks into a list of only nine favorites. Once the St. Louis landmarks were finally decided upon, we had to think of a way to display these themes on the tables. We had also liked the idea of putting engagement photos on each guest table to reflect our personality as a couple, and since we never did have official engagement photos taken, we figured this would be a perfect opportunity to snap some fun “official” engagement pictures. We also thought it would be pretty cool to have these photos actually taken in front of each of our chosen landmarks so they could totally reflect the table’s theme. It will be a time consuming project to drive around St. Louis to get photos in front of all nine landmarks, but I think it will be something our guests can enjoy and will appreciate.
Finally, we had to figure out how we wanted to display the photos on each table. It didn’t take long before Joe was able to find exactly what we were looking for online. By using two-sided glass block photo frames, we’ll be able to display the photo so that no matter what side you are looking at the photo from, it will be aesthetically pleasing near the table centerpiece. And since the frames included free engraving, each one will have the name of the landmark etched onto the front of the frame so there will be no question about where the photo was taken! You know I’m all about re-using everything I possibly can after the wedding is over, and with these frames, we’ll be able to replace each photo as we revisit all the landmarks throughout the coming years. How cool would it be to take a photo in front of the St. Louis Arch 50 years from now and be able to display it in the same frame we used on our wedding day?
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What are your ideas for totally unique and personalized reception table themes?

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