Post # 1
I know, head tables are totally out of style now, but we’re doing one because it’s the best option for our configuration. We only have 8 people at the head table, so we don’t need the two row thing.
But – should we put it on a small riser? (I think it is about 6 – 10 inches.)
As a guest, I say yes – I like being able to see the bride & groom clearly.
As a bride, I’m like… uggghhhh. It feels sort of dated, the riser isn’t skirted, and I feel like people are already going to know where to look for us.
But, on the seventeenth hand – we are having our cake on the dance floor in front of the head table, so it seems like a little riser will help with visibility issues.
No debating the head table. But a riser – yay or nay?
Post # 3
As a guest, I personally don’t like the head table on the risers. I feel like it really makes the bride and groom, and bridal party, unapproachable.
Post # 4
Being me, I’d probably fall off the riser at some point. Totally not something I’d wanna be remembered for. My family would never let me live it down.
Post # 5
I say no. Like you, I think it looks really, really dated. Last week I had a consultation with a lighting company and was shown a bunch of different pictures. In one of them the head table was on a riser, there was white drapery on it and behind the table and a spotlight on the bride and groom! I asked, “was this an ’80s wedding??” not to be snarky but because I genuinely thought it looked so outdated!
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I vote no, because I think it will look a little dated – especially since the riser isn’t skirted. It’s true that the guests want to see the bride and groom – but you probably won’t be sitting at the head table for that long – you’ll probably be mingling with guests, and you may not eat at all. And I think it makes it a little more difficult for the bridal party to mingle with the other guests.
Instead, maybe look at the floorplan and see if there’s a way for the head table to be clearly at the front, or else in the center, so people can see the head table. It will probably feel cozier and more natural that way!
@yumiyumi: Lol!! Me too!
Post # 7
Well, how big is your wedding? If you’re having a smaller wedding <100 people, you probably don’t need a raiser – everyone will be able to see you. However, if you have a large wedding, it’d say do a raiser, but only 6″. We did a modified head table (me, H, Maid/Matron of Honor, and BM) and were on one. I didn’t want it, but my dad insisted saying that guests will want to be able to see you (and we had 230 people). I know I enjoy seeing the couple during speeches and when I start clinking my glass.