Post # 1
Ok so we have 6GM/6Bridesmaid or Best Man and I wanted to do a head table so that people with SO’s could sit with them, two of our GM/BM are couples and only 2 of the rest are single. If we sat our bridal party next to their SO, then this would mean that we would need a head table of 20 people!! Our reception venue is in an outdoor tented pavillion that is 25’x80′ and offers six 8′ banquent tables and 20 round tables that seat 8 guests. Also, we are having a buffet dinner so we would need enough tables for all the food as well. There will be around 100 people at the wedding. I am just wondering what I should do as far as seating goes, do I: a) only seat bridal party at the head table without their SO’s b) seat everyone at the head table including SO’s c) just have a sweetheart table (which Fiance & I really don’t want!!!) Please help me bees! 🙂
Post # 3
I was 1 of 4 bridemaids for my friends wedding and most of us had a partner, Ive never seen a head table where people that wernt in the bridal party were seated at the head table..
Post # 4
Why doing you have them at their own table, and sit with your closest relatives? Moms, dads, grandma, etc
Post # 5
I am having a sort of “VIP” instead of “head table”. My bridal party will sit with their significant others and both sets of parents will also be at this “VIP” table. Myself and future hubby will be at a sweetheart table. Another option is to spread your bridal party out and have someone from the bridal party at each table to interact with guest.
Post # 6
When we were planning a sit-down reception, we were thinking of having our bridal party members sitting with their SOs, and we would sit at a head table with our parents and possibly grandparents and/or siblings.
Post # 7
I reckon: Bridal party at the head table without thier partners – even if 14 people on a head table seems like a lot, 20 people is a lot more! I don’t like the idea of sweetheart table’s, your bridal party are important, they should be up there with you!
I also think you should have the partner’s of the birdal party on their own table. Regardless of whether they know eachother or not. That way they can mix and mingle, and start off on common ground
Post # 8
Speaking from experience I really dislike it if the bridal party are separated from their dates. What’s the point in letting them bring a date if they can’t spend time with them? My Fiance was a groomsman and best man a couple of times and I always ended up sitting at a table of random people far away from Fiance. It was really uncomfortable. So please spare a thought for the dates! With a bridal party that big I definitely vote for a sweetheart table close to larger tables for the bridal party.
Post # 9
@Oxfordnerd: this. Why on earth would you have them
sit separate from their SO’s?
Post # 10
I like the idea of having the bridal party and SO all at the same table. I’ve been to a wedding where they split the tent and two and had round tables on either side the with dance floor and head table in the middle.
Post # 11
I just went to a wedding where they had the bridal party sit separate from their SO’s and it was a little difficult. One of the groomsmen had just recently started dating a girl and she didn’t know anyone but him, so she was kind of left wandering around until we grabbed her. For my wedding, we’re planning on doing a sweetheart table for my Fiance and me and then having two tables on either side of the sweetheart able – one for my girls and their SO’s and one for the guys and their SO’s. That way there’s not one huge table among a bunch of smaller tables. Just a personal opinion, but when you’re the date/SO of someone in the bridal party, it’s already a lot of alone time before/during the ceremony. I don’t want to extend that time by separating them during dinner/toasts/etc.
I’m sure you’ll figure out something that will work out perfectly for your reception! Good luck!
Post # 12
We are doing head tables, but not.. There will be people seated on both sides of the table, but the tables will be facing towards the rest of the guest tables.
We’ll be having the entire bridal party, flower girl, SO’s and our parents.
Post # 13
I hate being separated from my SO/FI. It was so awkward especially when we first started dating. I was always glad when we got ro sit with each other at weddings.
Post # 14
@kcweddinggirl: I was at one like this too. It was a very large wedding, it had what I called a family table( just what I called it don’t know what it’s offical term would be) all the bridal party and immidiate family members were seated at it along with SOs. I thought it was lovely, it was big but was didn’t matter.
Post # 15
Ours will look something like this, the “head tables” will have larger centerpieces and more candles than the other tables.
Post # 16
@foreverstar: I really enjoyed it because several tables got to sit around the dance floor! All of the wedding party had a SO so it made sense to have them all sit at the same table and the parents and grandparents of both sides sat at a round table right by the entrance of the tent headed to the dance floor.