Caitlin Stecansky and husband Chris were married in October and wanted to infuse their wedding with seasonal touches. “We wanted to go for a fall/rustic theme but still be elegant enough for a wedding atmosphere,” says Stecansky. The couple worked with Sue and Kent of Cheshire Tree Floral Design in Mount Kisco to create unique centerpieces with table numbers carved into miniature white pumpkins. A votive candle, a miniature carving of the couple’s initials, and a slice of wood pulled the table together. In the end, everyone loved the look and feel. “Our guests really liked the fact that they could see across the table,” joked Stecansky.
With the Bride working for the NFL and her groom working for MLS, this couple was rather submerged in the world of sports. Though they did not have a sports theme at their very elegant wedding, they did have some fun with the place cards and table names.
According to Kelli Szluka of Kelli & Company, Inc. in Bedford who put together their stationery suite, guests entered the cocktail hour and were led to a board covered with hanging lanyards. Each guest had an authentic game credential pass (from organizations like the NFL, MLS, and NBA) with their name and table name on it. “It was a fun way to tie in a topic that’s very important to this couple,” says Szluka. “And with some guests even wearing the lanyards, it helped everyone to know other people’s names when they were chatting and mingling.”
Sarah and Michael Marrone wanted a vintage feel for their wedding, but they also wanted some DIY touches to keep everything individualized.
“I am in medicine, and Michael studies epidemiology, so we wanted to bring this out somewhere in the wedding,” says bride Sarah Marrone. “At each place setting we made a card that contains the biography of a famous, historical figure in medicine or public health. The bio explained how that person was connected to the specific symbol [for the table number]. For example, Alexander Fleming, who is famous for his work in discovering penicillin, was connected to a symbol of vintage medicine bottles.”
Concerned that guests might have a hard time finding their tables, the bride and groom created a sign to explain the process at the escort card table. “In the end, it went over really well, and we heard nothing but compliments for adding a little extra of our personalities into the wedding,” says Sarah.
“We wanted to make the wedding a celebration of autumn, so we tried to find natural elements to make the table and place cards feel that way, too,” says bride Hannah Byland. “My husband and I sat down and thought of different things we love about autumn to name the different tables.”
The bride, who has a fondness for calligraphy, did all of the escort and table cards herself.
To tie in the autumn theme and make guests feel cozy and warm, the couple added pumpkins, apples, and little felted acorns to the tables. Each place setting also had a small bottle of maple syrup for guests to take home with them.
Bride Gina Dolecki and her husband really wanted personal touches throughout their wedding, and the table cards were no exception. “When thinking about table cards, I wanted something unique, something our guests could actually take away as opposed to just a piece of paper,” says Dolecki. “My husband loves craft beers, and I love the look of vintage tags; from there, it all came together.”
The couple worked together to pick three beers, all with green labels, to go with the color palette of their special day. One of them was a Brooklyn Lager, since the couple set up house in Williamsburg.
For this November wedding, the bride wanted to incorporate a rustic, autumn feel; however, the venue was more traditional. “The theme of [the wedding] was elegant-meets-rustic-November,” says bride Jennifer Scherz. “[There were] lots of bright, fall colors, golden hues, and candles. I thought if I could bring some wood in somewhere, it would achieve the look I was going for.” The wooden table numbers were purchased online (you can find similar ones on www.etsy.com).
Kelli Szluka and her husband were married in a gorgeous venue in saratoga that made you feel as if you were outside. With a koi pond in the room and trees growing out of beautiful wooden floors, they opted to keep everything very natural, bringing in only fresh flowers and wooden elements.
“Birch tree branches, with little notches cut in them, held the place cards,”says bride and stationer Szluka of Kelli & Company, Inc.
“It was a beautiful display as guests entered the room.