All Things Wedding Seating

A ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ Wedding Table Plan

“Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you really dare to dream really do come true.”

Who needs a white wedding when you can bring all of the colours of the rainbow to your special day? Red, Orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – a perfectly coordinating and colourful basis for everything from bridesmaids and flower girls to the gents’ ties and socks!

Wedding seating plans and escort cards

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  • Create a rainbow chalkboard wedding seating plan by using multi-coloured chalkboard pens.
  • Use multi-coloured lollipops as edible escort cards.
  • A craft shop will be able to supply you with paper in all colours of the rainbow – this escort card display tells guests to find their table based on the colour of their escort card.
  • This seating plan is mounted on a frame, with multi-coloured ribbons creating the backdrop.
  • These beautiful origami irises come in all colours of the rainbow and would make a stunning and elegant escort card display.

Table names and numbers

  • Use colours as table names – either straightforward red and blue, or choose specific shades of colour, such as British Racing Green or Blizzard Blue! Here’s a complete list to give you some more ideas.
  • Choose table names from the characters found in the Wizard of Oz – this couple have used Toto, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, to name but a few!
  • If you are going with numbers, use your rainbow theme to create colourful table number holders. These table numbers have the same design printed in a different colour for each table, and here’s a great DIY tutorial for making your own rainbow table numbers with lollipop sticks.

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Table décor

Rainbow colours look stunning if used against white table linen. Other ideas include:

  • Use a rainbow table cloth for your top table, and assign a colour to the other tables, decorating them with different shades of that colour.
  • Create your own vibrant tissue paper flowers as table centrepieces and venue decoration.
  • For an extra special after dark rainbow effect, arrange for coloured lights to light up each table in a different colour of the rainbow. Lights could be incorporated into the centrepiece design or, as in this example, actually under the table itself!

  • The African Daisy (gerbera) comes in practically every colour imaginable and would make for stunning flower arrangements on a colour-coordinated table.
  • For truly rainbow flowers, take any white flower – roses and carnations work well – and turn it into a rainbow flower with the simple trick shown in this video. Magical!
  • For a ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ theme, look for accessories in Emerald green (city), sky blue (skies are blue), Ruby red (slippers) and bright yellow (brick road)!

Other ideas

Rainbow wedding dresses

  • Balloons in every colour of the rainbow make an ideal decoration for your evening – weight them down with a pot of chocolate gold coins – the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  • Get the party started with multi-coloured cocktails or mocktails and, if you love a bad joke, why not have a ‘guess the weight of the pie’ competition (‘Somewhere, over the rainbow, weigh a pie…” – get it?).
  • This couple simply have to be in line for the title of the ultimate rainbow wedding – from hand decorated rainbow crystal bride’s shoes to colour coordinated cupcake trees, rainbow themed tables with handpainted wooden flower tree centrepieces.
  • Remember to look at all of the additional ideas on our Rainbow Pinterest board!

Real Wedding Seating Plans – New York, New York

Statue of Liberty Table NameWith most of my friends and family now settled down and married, it’s not often that I get the chance to go to a wedding these days.

In Summer though, we had the pleasure of heading down to Arundel in West Sussex for the wedding of my sister, Chloe, and her partner Adam. Both the ceremony and reception were held at the lovely Hilton Avisford Park Hotel. The day caught the last of the warm weather and was an idyllic event, with drinks on the lawn and children playing happily, The little bridesmaids were particularly cute (oh, ok, one was my own daughter).

Naturally, Chloe and Adam used TopTablePlanner to plan their reception seating and a few weeks before the big day, we had a chat on the phone about possible themes for table names.

New York, New York

Inspired by our recent post on landmark themed seating plans, Chloe and Adam chose a New York theme for their seating plan. New York holds a special place in their heart after a romantic holiday they spent there. Their tables were named after famous New York locations – Times Square, Broadway, Empire State Building, Central Park and Statue of Liberty – and the seating plan itself featured a stunning backdrop of the iconic New York City skyline. The plan was printed and displayed on a wooden easel provided by the venue.

Both the seating plan and table name cards were designed by graphic designer brother, George, who also produced some amazing invitations. It all fitted beautifully into their black and white theme. The photographs were taken by Horsham-based photographer Louise Moule who has very kindly allowed us to publish them here.


Central Park Table Name

New York Themed Seating Plan


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A Treasure Chest Of Romance With A Nautical Wedding Table Plan

Location

Sailboat table numbers - etsy.comSet the scene by choosing your reception venue as a yacht, pier, ferry boat, lighthouse, beach, aquarium sealife centre or seaside resort. If you live inland, you could arrange a seafood restaurant to host your reception or provide a seafood buffet in a decorated marquee.

Seating plans and escort cards

Use simple accents to add a nautical touch to your existing wedding seating plan – for example, a background of blue and white stripes, some knotted rope or seashells could turn a plain seating plan into a nautical work of art! Here are some other ideas on a nautical theme:

  • These miniature compasses have been inscribed with the guest’s name and table number, which would make both a stunning escort card display and the perfect wedding favour;
  • This nautical navy seating chart uses a navy and white nautical colour scheme;
  • Nautical navy seating chart - etsy.comCreate an escort card display using small glass bottles, with each guest’s name tied round the neck. Inside, place their table number with a short personalised message from the happy couple to double up as lovely personal favours;
  • Think big – what better for a nautical wedding seating plan than using an old boat or large wooden oars to display it? Alternatively, how about this seating plan constructed from lifebuoy rings?

If you enjoy a DIY project, scout around antique and second hand shops for an old trunk or blanket box that could be decorated to become a nautical treasure chest! Make a false bottom for it, then fill the top few inches with fake pearls, lots of costume jewellery and gold (chocolate?) coins. In or above the lid of the treasure chest, design your wedding table plan as an ancient pirate’s treasure map, complete with ‘X marks the spot’ for the top table. Other tables could be marked with ‘here be dragons’ and plenty of skulls and crossbones!


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Table names and numbers

Nautical knot table numbers - etsy.comUse nautical table number holders, such as knotted rope or sailing boats.

If you want to avoid numbers, why not name tables after:

  • Oceans and seas of the world;
  • Famous seafarers and nautical characters – Captain Jack Sparrow, William Kidd, Henry Morgan or Blackbeard;
  • Sea shanties;
  • Nautical phrases – whose table will be ‘walking the plank’?!

Table décor

Decorate your tables with nautical items, such as:

  • Miniature fish bowls with fake fish, coral and shells;
  • Small treasure chests and fill with tasty chocolate coins as a delicious table centrepiece! (You can also use a larger chest as a card box);
  • Practice your nautical knotwork to create a centrepiece or table name holder of knotted rope;
  • Use nautical props, such as anchors, a boat helm wheel or shells and driftwood, to create a centrepiece;
  • For the perfect nautical colour scheme, use blue and white stripes on tablecloths or runners, with a cheerful primary red accent colour for flowers and napkins. The video here describes in detail how you can create a very stylish nautical themed table.

Favours could include starfish thank you favours or a collection of scented shell shaped soaps wrapped in sea-green tulle.

Other ideas

Dance the night away to the Beach Boys, or Disney’s “Little Mermaid”, The Beatle’s “Octopus’s Garden in the Shade” or “Yellow Submarine”. What better excuse to arrange a once in a lifetime honeymoon on a cruise ship!

For many more nautical themed wedding seating plan ideas, have a look at this blog’s Pinterest board.

“And they’re off!” – A Formula 1 Wedding Table Plan

Racing circuit table nameIf you love everything motor racing, sports cars and Formula One, use it as inspiration for your wedding décor and theme. From Scalextric to racing car simulators, Grand Prix racing circuits to famous F1 winners past and present, we have collected together lots of inspiring ideas to get you started with your Formula 1 themed wedding seating plan.

Seating plans and escort cards

  • This Formula 1 themed wedding seating plan uses F1 cars for each table, with the top table represented by the starting grid.
  • Or how about this seating plan with a printed on a backdrop of an F1 race, with table named after teams – the top table is McLaren – complete with photos of the cars.
  • This sports car themed seating plan uses the couple’s colour – aqua blue – as a backdrop to numbered tables represented by different sports cars.

Table names and numbers

Sports car racing has a wealth of great ideas for table names – for example:

  • Famous drivers past and present. For example, Schumacher, Alonso, Senna and Hamilton. Here is a complete list of F1 Grand Prix winners.
  • Racing circuits – this is a great example. Using a black and white chequered background, each table is named after a different country’s most famous track, complete with circuit diagrams and track details for each table.
  • Use famous logos from your favourite sports cars.

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Table décor and favours

  • Winner’s trophies centrepieces, with the couple’s name and wedding date engraved, would be fantastic talking points.
  • Black and white chequered tablecloths or runners, with red and silver accent colours, emphasise a Grand Prix theme perfectly.
  • Place names written on matchbox toy Ferraris or Lamborghinis would double up as great favours for guests.
  • If you are having floral centrepieces, add a few dinky toy racing cars to complement the theme.

Formula 1 themed favours could include:

Other ideas

Racing car cake topperYou could incorporate your F1 theme into the entertainment for the evening too:

  • Collect a few Wii or similar games consoles and buy or borrow some racing games for guests to enjoy.
  • Organise a huge Scalextric track and cars for guests to play.
  • Hire a racing car simulator machines for guests to race the night away!

Reflect your theme in your choice of venue – there are lots of racing circuits across the UK that host wedding receptions. For example, Goodwood in Sussex offers a stunning wedding venue for motor sport lovers. If you really want to push the boat out, you could incorporate a track experience or luxury sports car ride for guests as part of the special day.

Remember to have a look at our F1 themed Pinterest board for even more ideas.

Make The Right Move With A Chess Wedding Table Plan

Chess piece place card holderWhether the bride and groom are chess lovers, or you just want a unique spin on the classic black and white wedding, a chess theme creates a totally stylish and classy look. Black and white lend themselves to any striking accent colour – crimson red, turquoise or emerald green to name but a few – and this colour can provide bright and cheerful highlights throughout the wedding day. The chequered black and white chess board provides the perfect base for the design of your wedding table plan, with the table layout highlighted in your accent colour.

Table plans and escort cards

  • Chess pieces make great escort card holders – arrange your cards on a chess board for the perfect chess themed display.
  • Don’t feel you have to stick to the black and white colour scheme – here is an example of chess piece escort card holders in light pink and blue.
  • Use chess prints on escort cards to make simple but stylish escort cards.
  • If you have a simple black and white design for your seating plan, then mount each table’s guest list onto a large chess board on an easel.

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Table names and numbers

  • The striking black and white colour theme lends itself perfectly to simple contrasting papercut chess table numbers.
  • Name tables after chess pieces – with the King and Queen at the head table.
  • Alternatively, name tables after famous chess moves or gambits.
  • If you love everything quirky, use the chess theme from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the looking Glass’ – the sequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – where Alice finds herself in a weird and wonderful white and red chess themed land. Main characters are chess pieces (Alice is a pawn) and the whole world is a chessboard made of fields. Table names could include ‘Jabberwocky’, ‘Tweedledum and Tweedledee’, ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ and ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’.

Table décor and favours

Bride playing large chess game

Other ideas

This theme would complement many other themes, particularly a Victorian steampunk wedding, shabby chic or garden weddings.

If you fancy having a go at making your own chessboard table decorations, this video shows (what appears, to an amateur!) to be a remarkably simple method.

Remember to visit our Pinterest board for lots of other chess-inspired wedding seating plan ideas!

Swinging 60′s Wedding Table Plan

Flower power flower seeds wedding favour - etsy.comThe sixties were a truly inspirational decade – man walked on the moon, England won the world cup and Martin Luther King made his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech. Full of rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelia, the sixties is a great decade to choose as a wedding seating plan theme. Here are a few flower powered ideas to get your started!

Table plans and escort cards

  • This fantastic sixties table plan is made to look just like a poster for sixties bands, featuring ‘The Newlyweds’!
  • For Beatles lovers everywhere, this table plan uses the couple’s favourite Beatles hits as table names, and is drawn on a large chalkboard.
  • Chalkboard seating plan - Beatles Hits. etsy.comName each table after a 1960′s celebrity – there are lots to choose from, for example Twiggy, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Louis Armstrong, Mary Quant and Stevie Wonder. Whose table will be named after Austin Powers?
  • I’m sure we’ve mentioned this seating plan before, but it is so good we’re going to mention it again! Pop art was big in the 60′s, with images drawn from popular culture and bright colours. These escort card puzzle pieces not only tell the guests where to sit but also fit together to create a unique, pop art inspired wedding picture for the bride and groom to treasure.

Table names and numbers

Table décor and favours

  • Psychedelic retro lava lamps will make colourful table centre pieces.
  • Place some 1960′s trivia on each person’s place name to provide fun conversation starters.
  • Favours can be famous icons of the 60′s – miniature scooters and VW camper vans spring to mind, or maybe some ‘make your own’ tie dye t-shirts!

And finally, how about this for stage stopping seating! Chop a Vespa scooter or two in half, and attach them to a table as a totally unique 1960′s wedding ice cream counter!


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Other ideas

Rock ’n’ Roll the night away to classic 60′s tunes. The variety of music in this era is mind boggling – everything from the Beatles and John Lennon to Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix to The Monkees. Why not take a few jive lessons and have a rock’n’roll first dance? It’s actually not that hard to learn some easy jive moves – look for local Modern Jive, West Coast Swing or Ceroc classes. (For those who are more confident, Lindyhop, jitterbug or rock ‘n’ roll are more authentic but have trickier footwork). Here’s how it should be done!

For a classic finishing touch, why not hire a VW Camper van to drive the bride and groom off into the sunset playing ‘All you need is Love’ (everyone sing along now!).

Update: VW Campervan Photo Booth

VW Campervan Photo BoothWhilst researching this blog post, we came across this great VW campervan photo-booth service – a classic photo-booth, inside a campervan!

‘Camperbooth’ comes complete with a suitcase full of props and you’ll receive a disc of high resolution images with low resultion versions that you can share.

Whether you’re having a 60′s inspired wedding theme or not, this would be great entertainment for any wedding day!

Campervan image courtesy of @camperbooth.

Eco Friendly Wedding Seating Plan Ideas

Personalised solid oak table plan - notonthehighstreet.comIf you want the wedding of your dreams, but do not want it to cost the earth environmentally (or financially!) then planning your wedding with an eco-friendly theme will help you do this. We have collected together a selection of ideas to help you design an environmentally friendly wedding seating plan, escort cards and table décor. Follow the hyper-links to find out more about each idea and don’t forget to look at our Pinterest board as well, where you will find even more inspiration!

Seating plans and escort cards

Handmade to perfection, this solid oak and slate table plan shown here is sure to be a show stopper on your big day!

Solid oak table plan detail - notonthehighstreet.comIt will be working hard long after everyone has found their seats. Each of the laser engraved slates are simply held in place with sticky velcro tabs. This means that once you are back from honeymoon, you can use the solid oak board, minus the slates just as you please.

You could use it to display your wedding photographs, or send it back to have it made into a bench. Whichever you choose, it’ll be personal to you – a memory of your wedding.

Some other ideas include:

  • Use a trellis (which can be taken home for the bride and groom’s new garden!), and tuck in colour coordinated, recycled escort cards for each guest. Interweave some pretty garden flowers and ivy, scraps of ribbon and pretty wooden decorations
  • Use hand-stamped stones as escort cards
  • Perfectly rustic, this eco wedding seating plan uses twine and recycled paper
  • Write guest’s names and table numbers on apples or leaves for fabulously eco friendly escort cards
  • Wildflower seed packets pegged to twine and used as escort cards make a beautiful display and are also a great little favour for guests
  • If you know someone good at woodcraft, how about asking them to turn a slice of tree trunk or driftwood into a bespoke wooden seating plan?

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Table names and numbers

Escort cards in plants - via Flickr (donotlick)

  • Use eco-friendly phrases such as ‘reuse’, ‘recycle’, ‘fair trade’ or ‘organic’
  • Use recycled or sustainable materials, such as recycled paper, wood or cork for table numbers
  • Try to find fair trade table name holders, or scour your local antique or charity shops for some shabby chic frames for table names.

Table décor

  • Use small perennials in pots as table decorations, which guests can take home to plant after the event
  • If you want fresh flowers, either grow your own or ask a florist to pick flowers that are locally grown and in season. When you have finished with them, donate them to a local hospital or nursing home
  • To make a decorated heart centrepiece, weave 6 pliable branches together to make two straight pieces and tie them at the bottom and the top. Then use a piece of string to connect the top and the bottom together, pulling it tight so that the top bends down and in to make a heart shape. Decorate with pieces of colourful ribbon, leaves and flowers
  • Use recycled natural paper to make your own paper flowers as a table centrepiece
  • Decorate your table using these lovely plantable paper flowers. If you are feeling adventurous, here is a video tutorial showing you how to make your own!

Other ideas

  • Choose a reception venue that is local to the majority of your guests, to reduce travelling time, and encourage guests to share transport where ever possible
  • Dry rose petals can on a tray in the airing cupboard, and put in home made paper cones to distribute to guests. You will be surprised at the amount of rose petals required, so ask any green-fingered friends and relatives to help you collect and dry the petals
  • Find a caterer who will supply a locally sourced, organic buffet. Remember not to waste any leftover food – either offer your guests ‘doggy bags’ to take home or offer it to a local homeless shelter

Many other styles will complement your eco-friendly theme perfectly – rustic, shabby chic and garden themes to name but a few. A green, environmentally friendly wedding with a minimal carbon footprint will be kind on the environment and will show that you care about the future world your descendants will live in. What perfect sentiments for a special wedding day.

Once Upon A Time… A Fairy Tale Wedding Table Plan

Happily ever after wedding tagsDid you love fairy tales as a child? Full of romantic princes and princesses, love’s first kiss and happily every afters, fairy tales embody the perfect sentiment for your wedding seating plan. We take a look at how you can incorporate a little fairy tale magic into your seating plan and table décor, from subtle magical touches to horse drawn carriages, castles and ball gowns. Dreams really can come true!

Seating plans and escort cards

Table names and numbers

Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage Table Number

  • Table names can be directly based on fairy tales – choose your favourite fairy tales from Grimms’ Fairy Tales or choose from Disney’s version of the classic tales for inspiration. A fantastic little extra touch would be to place a copy of the story on each table.
  • If you are planning to include a sweetheart table, a perfect touch is to name it simply ‘Happily Ever After’.
  • Choose classic phrases such as the ‘Stroke of midnight’, ‘Dreams do come true’ and ‘True Love’ as table names. Here is an example, using the story of Cinderella as inspiration.
  • The simple table number to the right here has a great pumpkin carriage print.
  • Other ideas for table names could be:
    • Fairy tale lands – Wonderland, Rivendell, Sherwood Forest or Narnia.
    • Fairy tale romances – Cinderella and Prince Charming, Beauty and the Beast, Fiona and Shrek.
    • Fairies from a Midsummer Night’s Dream – Titania, Oberon, Puck or Mote.

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Table placecards and décor

Happily ever after cutlery

  • These personalised Storybook Fairy Tale place cards are beautifully in keeping with a vintage fairytale theme.
  • Silver cutlery printed with ‘Happily Ever After’ would make a fabulous finishing touch to any fairy tale wedding table.
  • Pumpkin carriage table centrepieces abound – here are two pumpkin themed centrepiece ideas.
  • Other centrepiece ideas could be small pillows holding a glass slipper, castle or princess figurines, fairy godmother wands or little green frogs!

And finally…

Remember to have a look at our fairy tale Pinterest board, full of magical ideas for your enchanted seating plan. May all your wishes come true!

On A Bicycle Made For Two – A Wedding Seating Plan On Two Wheels

Bicycle Table Numbers - etsy.comA bicycle themed wedding seating plan combines the romance of pedalling through the countryside together with stylish images of tandems and Penny Farthings. It can be incorporated very well into other themes such as shabby chic, or country style wedding seating plans.

Seating plans and escort cards

If you can find an old vintage bike, or even a tandem or Penny Farthing, they can be put to great use as your wedding seating plan. Have a look at these examples:

Alternatively, if you can find somewhere to buy lots of bicycle bells, you could use them to great effect as escort cards and favours – look at this example for inspiration.

If you like a good pun, how about these bike escort cards/favours which include the phrase ‘We’re wheelie glad you came’!


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Table names

Bride and Groom riding a bikeSimple table numbers work well with this theme, as the image of a tandem – a bicycle made for two – is so striking! Here are a few examples:

Having said that, there are also many imaginative options for table names. A few ideas:

  • Name tables after parts of the bike – handlebars, bell, pedals, gear levers!
  • Use a map of a famous bike race (Tour de France, London to Brighton), and name tables after stages in each race.
  • Name tables after famous bike races, such as Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, UCI Pro Tour etc.
  • For a classic vintage twist, name the tables after lines of the famous ‘Daisy Bell’ song (written by Harry Dacre in 1862).

Table décor can easily incorporate a bicycle theme, for example this lovely tandem bottle holder, or these printed tandem wedding napkins.

And finally…

For the couple who love to amaze – arrive at the reception on a bicycle made for two, complete with tin cans, top hats and veils (over helmets). A cautionary note – even for the experienced cyclist, riding a tandem takes a little practice, so wobble around a little in the privacy of your local park to save falling off in your wedding gown!

Remember to check our Pinterest cycling wedding seating plan board, for plenty of other wheelie great ideas for your cycling themed wedding!

A Table Plan Full Of Happy Memories

Photo Escort Cards - via flickr.com (Mannia&Titta)Do you remember splashing in the puddles on a rainy day, running along a glorious sandy beach on holiday or enjoying a family Christmas together when you still believed in Father Christmas? A wedding provides such a good opportunity to collect together all your happy childhood memories and remember them with your family and friends.

We have collected ideas for wedding seating plans, escort cards and table décor especially to help you create a fun filled wedding complete with as many happy memories from the past as you will be making on the day.

Seating plans and escort cards

  • This tall room divider makes a perfect photo and wedding table plan frame. On one side, you can add photos from your life, on the other is your seating plan.
  • Bring back memories and have a bit of a giggle by using baby photos of your guests in your seating plan!
  • Photo Seating Plan - etsy.com

  • Choose just one perfect photo, and have it printed as the background to your wedding seating plan as shown here.
  • Find a photo of each guest from a happy time together, and clip it to a board with a peg to make an escort card board. A personal note on the back to remind them of your happy memories together instantly creates a brilliant little favour for each guest.
  • This is a great way to create new memories – when guests take their escort cards, they are asked to replace them with a polaroid of themselves for the bride and groom to keep.

Table names and numbers

  • Choose a theme for each table – ‘lazy summer days’, ‘holidays’, ‘Christmas times’ for example – and collect photos from your albums to use as decoration. Don’t forget to include all the funny times – getting lost on a holiday excursion or forgetting to turn the oven on for the Christmas turkey? Disasters at the time, no doubt, but all part of the rich tapestry of your happy memories!
  • Decorate each table with ‘blast from the past’ photographs of each guest – use these photo frame place mats for that extra personal touch.
  • Name each table after a different year, where something significant happened, and add a photo of the bride and groom taken in that year – here is a great example.

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    Table décor

    A great table centrepiece which will get your guests talking is an illuminated photo display. Here is how to make a photo illuminary using frames and here you can discover how to make them in large Mason jars. You can also purchase personalised photo candle holders and even have your own photos printed onto candles as table decoration or favours.

    Other ideas

  • Do you remember skipping in the road with your childhood best friend, or secretly sharing sweeties with your cousin in a garden den? Make up a ‘guess the memory’ box and challenge guests to choose the item that reflects your shared memories.
  • Your wedding day will be the start of a whole new chapter of happy memories, so ask your guests to write their own memories of the bride and groom in a hard backed memory book so that you can keep as many memories as possible – both old and new.
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