Post # 1
I’m getting married in a restaurant where the room is rectangular and has a bit of obstruction (there are these gigantic lamps in the centre of the room that are not moveable). Since there will not be a typical head table like you would see in a banquet hall, would it be weird if our bridal party’s table is in the middle of the room, among our guests’ tables, or should we try to find a table where there are no guests behind us?
Also, if you were a guest, would you be annoyed if you could not see the head table?
Post # 3
First of all, that is a kick ass venue! I love it!!! Could you set up your head table between the two lamps? You could sort of have it stand out by it being flanked by them. Also, a small suggestion if you’re not in love with them, cut out your names or logo (if you have some sort of a wedding graphic) from black construction paper and tape it to the inside of the shade. It will sort of show up like this, although a bit more “shadow-y”. I did this with bats for a Halloween party and it looked awesome! Try it out on a lamp at home to see what I mean!
Next, if I were a guest, I wouldn’t care about not being able to see the head table. Friends of mine had a sweetheart table that was sort of in the middle of the guests (they ended up being behind me), and it didn’t make a difference to me. Personally I think it’s a bit awkward to watch a huge table of people eat. I think so long as everyone can see whoever is giving their speech that’s all that matters, but just my opinion!
Post # 4
i wouldn’t mind not being able to see the head table. i think head tables are kind of weird, how everyone is always facing out at the crowd and not at people.
Post # 5
I love the venue and agree that it would be cool to be in the middle of those lamps! plus, think of how much time you actually spend sitting down..not much…you’ll eat quick and then go say hi to each table….its a great venue! very unique
Post # 6
Thanks! I am feeling a little less stressed after reading some comments.
I do love the table between the lamp option, and the venue coordinator made the same suggestion. The only issue is that there is a large private dining room we have in the back (not seen in this photo) which means all of those guests would not see a thing. One option i’m playing around with is to to seat the bridal party, their significant others, as well as some close friends in the two back tables (two long tables of 12). We can seat his family by our left, and my family in the room. With the room doors open, they will at least see the bridal party and feel included in the reception.
I guess this is the stuff you have to go through when you choose a non-traditional site!
(btw, i might just use the lamp stencil idea!)