(Closed) Head Table vs Sweetheart Table

posted 12 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What is your seating arrangement for yor Bridal Party?

    Head Table

    Sweetheart Table

    Not sure Yet

    Other (described below)

  • Post # 32
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    Neither. The boy and I are just going to sit at a regular round table with our siblings and their partners.

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My bro’s wedding – I was on the end of the head table with one of my SIL’s besties next to me who I didn’t know at all and it was so awkward!  My BF, NOW Fiance, was stuck at a table with my parents and relatives and that was SO awkward for him, as it was his first time to meet the “relatives.”  

    We’re doing a sweetheart table, and then letting families and couples sit together. After all, it is about family… and I feel kinda selfish saying that to celebrate my new family, you can’t be with yours.  Plus, it’s the only down time in a wedding day and I want to just be able to.. be.

    Post # 34
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Sweetheart table! The catering director recommended it and said it’s becoming quite popular. He explained (as many of you stated) that many hate being seperated from their guests (with head tables) and I liked the idea of my honey and I sitting together for our first meal and “taking it all in” before the party starts!! I think it’ll be awesome!

    Post # 35
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    we didn’t want our bridal party to be separated from their guests, so we are doing head table with our parents only, and 2 satellite tables with our siblings, their family/guest (my sister is married with kids, his brother is just dating someone), and the rest of the bridal party with their SOs. 

    Post # 36
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Dunno. If we have a backyard reception, there’s a gazebo smack in the middle of the yard we would have to use somehow. We’d probably use it for a sweetheart table and have farm-style seating around the gazebo. It would be nice to have a little space for us to talk and watch during the reception, but I don’t want to feel seperated from guests either. Who knows!

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    No seating for us, we are doing a strolling tapas event with a mixture of table and lounge seating, indoor and outdoor.

    Post # 38
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We’re debating right now, as our venue can only accommodate a head table that seats 8.  We have 7 attendants, plus us, so we’re over.  I didn’t like the idea of making people sit away from their dates, so we’re thinking of sitting at a regular round table with our parents and grandma’s.

    Post # 39
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

    I hate to say it but to I was pretty bummed at the one wedding I went to where Mr TM was a groomsmen and there was a head table bc I wanted to sit with him and it was really awkward to be bouncing back and forth between the two tables and not having a seat, definitely made the experience not anywhere near as fun…We’ll be at a table with our siblings and my Maid/Matron of Honor and their dates so that our Bridal Party can sit with their SO’s/dates…

    Post # 40
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I think that we are gonna have the wedding party plus their dates…I have seen a really akward situation where the date of one of the people in the wedding party didnt know anyone and just sat around akwardly by himself…since I will have a good mix of fam and friends it is possible that there is a SO of someone that no one knows.

    Post # 41
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    def. sweetheart.  all of our bridal party are from different parts of our lives and some of them have never even met – we want them to be comfortable with their friends and family around them!  and our venue also mentioned that when the bride and groom are at a central location it’s easier for people to come and see you when you are sitting.

    Post # 42
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    What the heck are “sweetheart tables”?

    Post # 43
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    i think we are doing a sweetheart table.Cool

     

    @Wendy- The two of you, just the bride and groom, sit at their own table-for-two. You are easily visible to your guests. and your bridal party sits at other nearby tables. (as opposed to the long head table where everyone sits at one long table)

    Post # 44
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We decided on a head table. I am kinda uncomfortable with a lot of spotlight on me and thought that having more people with us would help. Hopefully, if we do our job right, we all will only be at the table for dinner. Then we’ll all be on the dance floor so it won’t matter where everyone was sitting.

    Post # 45
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think it depends what type of people you are…I’m doing a sweetheart table..i want all the attention on me!!  Not to mention I want my bridesmaids/groomsmen to be with their friends and not all together!

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