Here's a beautiful way to weight menus at an outdoor wedding -- and identify tables at the same time. For each plate, you'll need a smooth, unpolished stone -- we used Mexican beach pebbles. Add the table number with a rubber stamp and ink pad; if you make a mistake, just wipe clean. Do the stamping a day or two before the wedding so ink can dry. Scatter more stones down the center of the table to follow through on the theme.
Have wine bottles do double-duty as table numbers. Cover-weight paper printed with large, graphic numerals can be adhered over existing labels with double-sided tape for a clean, contemporary look. It is a clever touch that will have guests drinking to your good fortune -- and your good taste.
On every table at this California wedding is an individual guest book; three sheets of card stock were folded, sewn at the crease, and backed with bookcloth using double-sided tape. The table number was printed on card stock and tied to the book with ribbon woven through slits at the edges.
Stamps can be used to create seating and table cards so guests can find their places. Instead of labeling each table with a number, give each a constellation (for instance, Orion). Stamp it on a card, and place in a holder. Then guide your guests to their tables by making them seating cards with their table's constellation inside.
A little goes a long way with this table decoration. Fresh German chamomile is placed in a jar, then enclosed in a white paper bag for an exuberant centerpiece that is also economical. The top of the bag is trimmed with scalloping scissors, folded, punched with holes, and laced with yellow ribbon. Thread a tag with the table number onto ribbon before tying.