Post # 1
I’m planning on a restaurant reception and honestly there is no room for a “head table” in the party room. Has anybody attended a wedding where the wedding party was dispersed with the guests? Also, this is hard to explain but there is a elegent “booth” in the middle of the restaurant (within the party area) that has a chandelear (sp) over it — this is the only part of the place that has this. I am torn between putting the cake there (because its ornate) or having this be the bride/groom table…. What would you do?
Post # 3
We didn’t have a head table. Our reception was in a restaurant too. We had a long table the same size as the others, and sat there with some of our bridal party and their SOs (and we were on both sides of it, not all facing out into the room). Personally I think I’d put the cake on the chandelier table, sounds like it would be quite the focus point! (Assuming you are having that kind of cake!)
Post # 4
Ooooh you can have a sweetheart table! I really want one, but I think the traditional family/groom are going to win out and we’ll have to sit on display 🙁
My venue actually puts the head table on a stage. Like, with risers underneath. Not cool….
Post # 5
I find head tables to be ackward (SP?). Most of the time you are seperating yourselves from the guests at a head table. And I think it would be beautiful with the chandalier over the cake, with I could do that, imagine the pictures.
Post # 6
@daydreamwanderer: Okay, until you mentioned it, I had never heard of a sweetheart table!!! =)
Post # 7
i’ve been to 2 weddings where the wedding party was dispersed amongst the guests, one of which i was in. LOVED it since that meant i got to sit with my mister. i don’t really see the point of having the wedding party on display past the ceremony. the sweetheart table is a great option as well!
Post # 8
You can have a sweetheart table for you and your husband. You can still seat the Wedding Party together and at tables near you! 🙂
Post # 9
I’ve been to weddings without head tables nad we aren’t having a head table. It’s totally fine. I actually prefer it because it means that (a) the wedding party can sit with their spouses (b) people won’t be watching me eat, and (c) I will actually be seated in a set-up that is conducive to conversation.
I think it works so long as you position the table at which the bride and groom are sitting in a location that is close to the podium where speeches will take place (assuming you are having them) and in a spot that visible to most people since the bride and groom do tend to be the main attraction 🙂
Post # 10
I agree that head tables are really awkward. I’m planning on treating the wedding party just like any other guests when coming up with the seating arrangement. Most of them don’t know each other, but know other people at the wedding, so I’m sure they’d be far happier to sit with their friends.
Depending on how the numbers work out, we’ll either sit at a regular table, or sit at a sweetheart table (with the cake).
Post # 12
We didn’t have a head table and honestly, our wedding party loved it lol. We just had two tables completely dedicated to the wedding party and their dates. They loved it because their dates didn’t have to sit by random people they didn’t even know. It worked out well 🙂
Post # 13
We had a table in the middle of the floor with our parents at it (no bridal party).