(Closed) Head Table Suggestions

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

The last wedding I attended the couple had the entire bridal party at two long tables facing each other with the bride and groom at the head of the table, it wasn’t really a “head table” but the two long tables stood out in the sea of round tables. I thought it worked well. Another suggestion or rather question is there anyway you could rent an extra large round table to fit all of you at? You have a bit of time before your wedding so maybe you could look into that and have that be your head table and find some way to distinguish it (balloons tied to centerpieces or really high centerpiece vs all other centerpieces) hope that helps.

Post # 5
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3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had a wedding party of 18 (Me, Fiance, 8 bm and 8 GM).  So yeah, I had a huge wedding party. 

I ended going with the sweetheart table and with a Groomsmen table and a Bridesmaid or Best Man table near us.

I also thought about doing a captain’s table.  Think big family dinner table.

I also thought about have a two tier table.  Two tables parallel to each other, one on risers.  I really liked this set up but the cost rent the riser was expensive because I would have to rent them for 3 days, since the rental company wasn’t open on the weekends. 🙁

http://www.grandillusions.biz/images/2%20tier%20head%20table.jpg

Post # 6
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235 posts
Helper bee

You could have a captains table which is generally 2 long tables put together with half rounds on each end.  The bride and groom sit in the middle on one side with the BMs and Groomsmen sit all the way around on the sides and facing the B and G.  The table is often put in the middle of the guest tables or in front of the dance floor.  Because the table is much wider than the normal long table, you can really decorate the middle with flowers, candlelabras, picture frames, etc. Because it’s so different than the quest tables, you can use completely different but coordinating upgraded linens, chargers, chivari chairs, etc. to set it apart from the rest of the tables if you want to.  The only negative is that some quests will be looking at your backs if you put it in the middle, or at some of your BM’s and GM’s backs if you put it in front of the dance floor. I see this set up all the time at a local venue that my best friend operates.  She says about half of her brides are choosing this set up now over the traditional long head table. 

Post # 7
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

At a wedding I was in last summer, the bride also didn’t want a big long head table.  She set up two shorter tables side by side in a rectangle.  So then there were three people down each side, and then two people on each of the ends.  And the bride and groom sat at the end that faced towards the dance floor and center of the room.  It was really nice because the whole table was able to talk to each other.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Our wedding party is too small (only Maid/Matron of Honor and BM) and our venue is too close to capacity to allow for us to have a head table with just us and the wedding party.  So what we’re doing is having a long table (but all of our guest tables are long) with us in the center facing the room, our Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man on either side, their dates next to them, and then our immediate families (4 each) filling out the table and wrapping around to the other side.  Since that’s a total of 14 people and we have to do even numbers on each side of the table, we’re doing 8 people on our side, and 6 people on the other side, with the two seats facing us left open.  It might sound weird, but it was the only way we could fit everyone at the table (and in the room!) but still allow the guests to see us…

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

i believe Lees had a square table for her bridal party. thats how it looked in the pictures. ive thought about having me & Fiance at a round table and his 3 groomsmen at a short rectangular table on his side & my 3 BMs on my side.

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