head table? sweetheart table?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What did you do for seating for your bridal party?
    Head Table w/ Everyone : (7 votes)
    20 %
    Sweetheart Table : (24 votes)
    69 %
    Other - Comment! : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
    1607 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    We didn’t have any focal tables at all. We sat us and our wedding party dispersed amongst the guests. So the wedding party members actually got to sit with SOs and their friends (they didn’t all know each other). We sat at a table that was near the front and centre of all of the tables but it wasn’t a head table. I loved it because I don’t like the idea of being on display and the wedding party had way more fun than being at a long table at the front. 

    Post # 3
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

    All guests including us are sharing one big table. Only 50 guests though. Your bridal party will be grateful if you let them sit with their dates, I’d recommend the sweetheart if you cant fit all 12 plus dates.

    Post # 4
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I’ve got 5/5 and many of those have spouses/SOs that I’m sure they’d rather sit next to, so I’m planning on doing head table with us + his two best men + my Maid/Matron of Honor + his sister (also a bridesmaid). None of them are in relationships at this point butmy wedding’s a ways away so we’ll have to see. 

    Post # 5
    1287 posts
    Bumble bee

    I hate it when bridal parties are split from their SO during reception, I don’t think it necessary. I wanted my bridal party to enjoy the wedding so I did a sweetheart table. I was too busy going table to table anyhow to speak to all of my guests.

    Post # 7
    551 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Only had two people in the wedding party Best (wo)man and Maid/Matron of Honor, both without dates (one newly single, the other whose bf couldn’t attend due to work) so they sat with us and our parents

    Post # 8
    1 posts

     My Fiance sister had an awesome compromise I haven’t seen elsewhere before. They had a sweetheart 2-top table with adjoining rectangular tables on either side. The rectangular side tables held parents/attendants/etc.

    It was the best of both worlds because they were technically at their own table but still could have conversations with all of us. It was separate but not separated 😉

    Post # 9
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    My fiance and I are doing a sweetheart table. The few people I know who have had them swear by them, as they were the few minutes that everyone sort of left them alone while they were eating. Those who had head tables and were talking with the bridal party barely got a chance to eat as other guests would stop by the head table to say hi. The sweetheart table can be a visual clue, as people are a lot less likely to interrupt a private moment between the bride and groom as they are to interrupt the bride, groom, and their whole party. 

    Post # 10
    2238 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Amy Turner :  We did a head table, but had people seated on both sides, so it didn’t have to be crazy long! We fit about 15 people this way.



    Post # 11
    792 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Sweetheart table for us – but I am not really going to have any Bridesmaid or Best Man or Groomsmen.

    Post # 13
    1203 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Tentatively I think we are going to sit with our parents and best man and his girlfriend, they are from out of state and don’t know anyone else really.  Our other Groomsmen and my 2 BM’s will be with their SO’s at other tables with people they know.  Win win for everyone.

    Post # 14
    9691 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We did a sweetheart table. I loved it! You don’t actually get that much time alone with your new spouse on your wedding day and having a sweetheart table at dinner ensures that you will get some time where you aren’t posing for pictures or having guests come say hi – you can just enjoy some time with your new spouse.

    Post # 15
    4232 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

    We did a sweetheart table on a little stage (so regal!). Then in front of it we had two other tables for parents, grandparents, wedding party and their SO’s. It was important to me that SO’s got to sit with their wedding party dates (as I have been a guest when Darling Husband was a groomsman at weddings before and sat alone at a table of strangers) and we felt this was the easiest way to handle it.

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