I have blogged about this before. Twice actually... before our wedding and then around our one year anniversary, but when I shared our 5 year card on Instagram last weekend and there was a lot of interest so I thought I'd stick it on the blog as well for future or current brides who are looking for an inexpensive, easy and SUPER sentimental idea that will last much longer than just the wedding day.
The table number cards at our wedding were simple 10x5 pieces of gray cardstock that I folded in half to make a 5x5 card that would stand on the table. I stamped each side with an orange number stamp (super old from Martha Stewart for Michael's) but these look similar.
They served their purpose at the wedding (told the guests which table was theirs) and then during the reception turned into anniversary cards.
When my dad spoke, he told the guests to write a note inside the cards at their table to be opened on our corresponding anniversary. So table 10 would be opened on our 10th. Depending on where you sat you got to drop us a note some odd years in the future.
It was a sweet idea at the time. But at the time you have no real concept of "the future." You don't think about what your marriage will actually look like in three years, five years, 16 years. So now, as we open the notes each year (my mom mails them our way), it transports us back to that day in a way that photos cannot. The words are so kind, so hopeful, so (depending on the table) drunk. It's hilarious and overwhelming in the best way.
Of all the things we did, this was by far my favorite even though I didn't realize it would be. I would recommend this to any couple planning a wedding. I would also recommend just ignoring all suggestions and doing exactly what you want.