There were plenty of DIY projects I had to be proud of at my wedding, but what I consider to be the crown jewel was my table assignment window.  This salvaged window was bought at a flea market for about ~$15.  It needed cleaned up, but I liked the rustic look and the hint of color this window had.

Due to the time restraints of a seating chart, this isn’t a project that can be completed well in advance. However, it is a quick project, I finished it up (and loved it) in one evening.  The only supplies you’ll need are a window, or another piece of glass, and paint pens.  It’s also useful to have rubbing alcohol on hand, because all mistakes can be erased!

Table number windows
Upon first glance, you may be impressed with my hand writing and straight lines.  Yes, yes, it’s all very impressive.  Not that impressive, actually, because the thing about glass is, you can see through it.  While that may not be news to you,  it is the secret to my perfect handwriting and parallel lines–it was designed, printed, and traced!

Before ever taking my paint pens to this window, I measured the panes.  Mine happened to be roughly the size of a piece of paper, making this project even easier.  It was also helpful that I had 6 panes and 11 tables, making it two tables per pane. With my dimensions entered, I started this design in Photoshop, playing with sizes and fonts, and knowing colors wouldn’t matter. Don’t have Photoshop? Powerpoint would work just fine. I printed out the page, true to size, for Table 1 and 2 first, tested out the size, then enlarged the fonts before completing the rest of my tables (Keeping in mind, older eyes will be reading it).    In the end, the pane for my head table (numbered as “&” because we were sitting under an ampersand sign) looked like this:

Table assignment template Though color does not matter, I added in a floral motif for this pane, the same motif I used for our invitations, wedding website, table numbers and signs.

Once printed, simply tape your pages to the back of your window, so that you can read it through the panes.  Because my numbers are behind the names, I first took a gold paint pen and traced them all, filling it in with the gold.  It may look like I did the gold numbers on the back of the glass, but it is actually on the front. After the numbers dried, I traced the lettering in a white pen, writing directly on my gold numbers if need be.  Trace onto window

As I only used two colors, it is good to have at least two pens for each color.  My gold pen started running out of paint, and my white pen was getting rather dull. And what do you do with the floral motif?  I simply traced the outline of the flowers and stems with my white paint pen.  Looks hand drawn doesn’t it?

table assignment window

Before choosing your color scheme, think about what your background will be.  This gold and white scheme needed a dark background, and leaning it against the brick wall of my venue worked perfectly.

Photo credit: Krista Bevan

Photo credit: Krista Bevan