Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm at Table Number What?

I realize this is outside of the Louisiana norm for weddings but I'm planning on assigning tables for the reception. If you don't believe me, take it from the owner of our venue who told me, "I should have known you were from California considering you wanted a seated buffet." But one of the reasons I'm looking forward to table assigned table is to be able to name them.

There's all type of creative ideas for table names, places you've been as a couple, favorite books, types of herbs, but I'm planning on doing actual numbers! For a bit of background the boy and I met in a Combinatorics class. I have my masters in math and the boy is currently working on his Phd. So when I say numbers, I don't mean numbers like 1,2,3. Instead I mean numbers like π or e. Here's some of the number I'd love to use, and a brief description of what it means.
Just and average day in Math 347
This is the board from one of my classes senior year of college to give you an idea of the numbers we actually used.
φ - Phi - Known as the golden ratio, which is related to the Fibonacci Sequence
i - as in the imaginary numbers, by definition √-1
ε - Epsilon - Basically used as a small area of measure. So often in proof you'll want to proof something when epsilon is greater than zero, which basically means something that exists in very small terms.
λ - Lambda - This is more chemistry than math, but it's used to designate wavelength.
∞ - Infinity - Technically not a number in mathematical theory, but more for the idea that something is infinite.
0 - Aleph Naught - First I love this one because it's actually a Hebrew letter instead of a Greek letter. To try to explain this concept as simple as possible, this symbol represents the number of integers that exist.

I could probably come up with a few more, but it at least gives you an idea of where I'm going. Although honestly I'm not sure how many more we could actually come up with that would work. I thinking maybe along with the numbers we could do mathematical theory, or maybe even famous mathematicians, but for now I think it's a start.

Did you do anything clever for your table numbers? And if you're more math-y, any ideas of other "Famous Numbers" we could use?


  1. We are doing table numbers as well. Most weddings in my family have been casual and seat-yourself but we have a bit of drama in my family + lots of guests who might not know a lot of people and I just think table numbers makes the whole "where should I sit?" thing less awkward.

    I'm not sure if we'll do cool names or not, though. We haven't thought of anything yet!

  2. You make me want to plan a wedding. HAHAHA I just got married at a Courthouse with no family, so I will just have to read about all your happenings.

  3. Great idea. We didn't do seating assignments but I would have used books or tv shows.

  4. This is such a cute idea and I love the story behind it! I think I would definitely consider cool table names and assigned tables for my guests!

  5. That is awesome! I think it is such a great idea! If you run out of numbers, you could go with other math signs, like integrals or summations or things like tht!

    If i got married, I would like a book themed wedding and the tables would be sections of the library!

  6. First, don't feel alone. I'm planning on assigning seating, too. And I don't think I've ever been to a wedding around here that had this.

    Mr. Big Easy and I are huge astronomy buffs. In the early stages of planning, I was considering an astronomy theme -- and tables named after constellations, nubulae, etc..

    Now that we're going with a more jazzy theme, I'm thinking names of famous jazz musicians or maybe even song titles.

  7. I feel like I should be more help but, well, I am not! I started out planning to major in math but then switched to accounting when I decided I wanted to go into accounting. Plus, math makes my head spin a bit.

    If you read the Stieg Larsson series, the second book actually talks a lot about math believe it or not.

  8. I think that's really clever and sounds perfect for you both!