(Closed) head table or sweetheart table?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sweetheart table for us; I want the Wedding Party to spend time with their dates and families. I already have a date, know what I mean?

Also, if you have a Bridesmaid or Best Man or Maid/Matron of Honor with a kid at the reception not sitting with mom or dad, its a hellish experience…I’ve seen it first hand.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re going to try to eat somewhere secluded while everyone is getting their food, then make our rounds while everyone is eating. No sweetheart table OR head table for us. IF we did a table, I would want it to be the two of us and our daughter [flower girl]. I guess technically we’ll have a sweetheart table, just off in another room, haha.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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@SarahSmilesDec28:  I like that idea, are those two tables put together or were you able to rent a table that big?

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@em_panda214:  It’s two rectangular 8′ tables pushed together.  The runner covers the gap.

It was one of my favorite “non-traditional” things that we did.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@SarahSmilesDec28:  We’re going to be doing something similar. I’ve most often heard it referred to as a “Captain’s Table”. It will include us, as well as all our bridesmaids/groomsmen and their dates. 

 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes that is the difference… We did the sweetheart table… Our reasons:

  • We wanted to have special moments between just the 2 of us
  • We had bridal party members whose spouses were not in the wedding
  • We had bridal party members (my bro and sis-in-law) who have 2 little girls (our flower girls)… That just didn’t seem to pair up well with a head table 🙂
  • We had more space for guests’ tables if we did a sweetheart – it freed up more space in our reception venue 🙂

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@amandaks86:  This is exactly what I want to do, but I’m still trying to work with our venue to make it happen.  I like the idea of the wedding party being able to sit with their SIs.

Agree with others, I’ve been the +1 in weddings where my Fiance was a groomsman and it’s miserable to sit at a table with people I barely know while he’s up at the head table without me.

I also don’t want a sweetheart table, I don’t like attention at all (I’m cringing at the idea of walking down the aisle and all that – ha!) so I don’t want to be at a little table, just the two of us. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We did a head table, because I had a bad feeling regarding sweetheart tables (wanting to separate yourself in a room full of guests), but now I see why people do them. Our bridal party was super sweet to sit at the head table for an hour, but they all looked awkward, and eventually went to sit at tables with their friends, and that was much better. We just ate before they served food in a separate room for 20 minutes, and that’s where we got our alone time. 🙂

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think we’re doing a sweetheart table (with our 2 year old). I don’t love the idea, but I really wanted our bridal party to be able to sit with their dates, and a 20+ person head table just makes no sense at a 100 person wedding. I’m also considering sitting with our parents, siblings & spouses of siblings (at a regular round table, not a head table). I’m trying not to overthink it, as I don’t think we’ll sit long to eat, as I want to get around & talk to our guests.

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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@SarahSmilesDec28:  This is exactly what we are doing as well!

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