[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from Ryan Miller, who has a great story about how he gave a uni-themed spin to his recent wedding rehearsal dinner. Enjoy! — Paul]
By Ryan Miller
My family was in charge of the rehearsal dinner the night before my recent wedding. During the planning process, my parents and sister asked if I wanted to do anything special for the table numbers. I thought it would be cool to base each of the eight numbers on a team’s number font — four of my favorite teams and four of my wife’s favorite teams. I’m from New York and my wife is from Cleveland, so all of the teams, besides our two alma maters, are from those cities.
I began by deciding which number from 1 though 8 would be assigned to which team, trying to make it so the numbers were particularly fitting. This was a lot easier for my New York teams, as Ed Giacomin (No. 1) and Derek Jeter (No. 2) seemed obvious, and Kerry Collins (No. 5) was the first Giants quarterback I remember watching when I was little. For No. 6, I went with the Cavs for LeBron, even though he never wore that number for them, because I figured it was close enough. I initially assigned No. 4 to the Browns for DeShaun Watson, just because he was the only single-digit Browns player I could think of, but then I decided to switch it so he wouldn’t be associated with our wedding weekend. Then I just filled in the rest of the numbers with whichever teams were left.
Here’s how it played out:
1 – Rangers
2 – Yankees
3 – Guardians
4 – Boston University
5 – Giants
6 – Cavs
7 – Boston College
8 – Browns
I then sent the list to my sister, who is a graphic designer, so she was able to create numbers, like so:
My mom then printed out the designs onto stickers. The rehearsal dinner was at a brewery, so we put the stickers on growlers, which we used as table markers.
All in all, they came out great! Prior to the dinner, my family suggested that we print out an explanation of the numbers, or put the team name along with the number, but I thought that was a bit too much (and too similar to table assignments at kids’ parties). I figured the stories behind the numbers could be a cool Easter egg for whoever could figure it out. In the end, though, my family may have been right, because it seemed like not that many people made the connection. Oh well!
Paul here. I love this story! This isn’t the first time we’ve seen uni-themed table numbers, but I never get tired of them. Big congrats to Ryan and his bride, and also big thanks for sharing this story with us.