Post # 1
I’m really struggling with our seating arrangement. Most of the people in our Bridal Party have significant others that will be coming to our wedding. These SOs don’t really know other people so I’m trying to figure out a seating arrangement. We have 8 Bridal Party members plus 2 ushers, so that’s 12 (including us). The head table arrangement our venue has only seats 12 so I can’t seat SOs at the head table.
I’m not really a fan of doing a sweetheart table. While I love my Fiance we live 8 hours away from our family and friends and I do want the opportunity to talk to them. So then I figured we could just sit at a regular table (our tables will seat 10) but I have no idea how to choose which bridal party members to sit with. I was also considering sitting with our parents but his mom and dad do not get along and I would rather not create the tension that will come along with putting them at the same table.
Any other ideas? Did anyone have a really long head table? I was considering asking the venue about this but I’m not sure there is room.
Post # 3
What about a serpentine table? I dont know if I spelled that right. It is like a half cirlce table maybe you could use it to curve around a corner and create more room? I have also been to a wedding where the bride and groom have a table up on a stage and the attendants sit at one in front of them on the lower level. At this wedding they had the cake in front of that table but you could just use the other side for their spouse, SO, or guest. Does that make sense?
Post # 4
@Miss2Mrs_Beerlover: That does make sense! I’m sure if the venue would have a serpentine table but I bet they could seat the SOs opposite each other! Such a simple fix lol- thanks!
Post # 5
Boo Fiance isn’t going for this at all. He doesn’t want to “highlight” people who didn’t do anything. I told him the Bridal Party didn’t really do anything either. He thinks that because he has had to awkwardly sit with people he didn’t know that it doesn’t matter if the SOs have to do it at ours. I guess I just don’t look at it that way- I want them to have fun too.
Post # 6
We had a sweetheart table, then put the Bridal Party at 2 tables with their dates. We didn’t have enough to fill both tables though, so put a handful of our friends with their dates at the “bridal party” tables. Had we not done a sweetheart table, we would have sat at one of the bridal party tables (the one with our siblings) and filled the 2nd table with bridal party and friends.
It’s really not a big deal where people sit as long as they know at least 1-2 other people at their table. We hardly sat at our table, even during dinner since we were up talking to guests. The most time we spent sitting was during speeches.
Post # 7
What about a king’s table? I’ve been to two weddings with them now and I think they’re kind of cool if they work in your venue.
Post # 8
We’re sitting at a table with our parents. Due to distance, the last time we had dinner at the same table with all four of them was over five years ago!