Post # 1
I’ve got a pretty large bridal party – 7 bridesmaids & 7 groomsmen. I didn’t want to do a head table b/c we are doing a seated dinner that will last an hour and a half, and I wanted them to be able to sit next to their significant others during that time. So, here are my choices:
Post # 4
I know I get caught up in saying hi to everyone else at parties and often lose track of spending time with my fiance. We plan to do a sweetheart table so we can actually spend time alone and enjpy the day together. Otherwise, I would definitely include our bridal party in the seating.
I voted for the sweetheart table becuae I think it makes it a little more intimate and special. I also think it is great that both options have the wedding party memebers with their dates. I think thats is important.
Post # 5
I like sweetheart tables for large wedding parties, and second the last paragraph of NN above.
Post # 6
I have been the Maid/Matron of Honor seated at the head table of your second option, and I did not really like it. While the bride and groom had to get up and mingle, my date and I knew noone there other than a few other members of the bridal party and felt a bit uncomfortable in the honor seats. So, I voted for the first option.
Post # 7
I think its good to sit with the Maid/Matron of Honor and her date, plus the best man and his date. Then, I would recommend that your bridal party sit with their dates at other tables. I was just in a wedding with this exact same situation– 7 BMs and 7 Groomsmen. The bride and groom sat with the Maid/Matron of Honor (her sister) and her date, the best man (his brother) and his date, plus one other couple that was in the wedding party. Then the rest of us bridesmaids and groomsmen sat at tables with our significant others.
For example, my table of 10 was three bridesmaids and their dates, plus 2 grooms men and their dates. It worked out well. We had spent some time with just the wedding party, so it was nice to meet the groomsmens’ significant others, etc.
Post # 8
I like having Bridal Party members sit with their SO/guests. We are planning on doing the sweetheart table option with round tables for the Bridal Party. I’ve mentioned this to a few of them and they love the decision.
Post # 9
We are having a huge long table that will seat bride and groom, bridal party (8 BMs and 8 GMs) and spouses/SOs. We will use both sides and both ends of the table – 32 feet long x 5 feet wide ( 2 rows of 8 banquet tables set end to end if that makes sense) We wanted to create the look and feel of a giant dinner party with the bride and groom seated in the middle of one side, surrounded by our closest friends.
Post # 10
we had the same issue, 6 on each side, but I wanted to sit with others – it felt more celebratory to me and with 150 of my favorite people around, I didn’t really feel like we needed "alone time". but that is a personal call! We didn’t want our table to be too small as we knew we wouldn’t be there the whole time, so we ended up with our 4 brothers and theri wives. 10 ppl at our table total, and bridal party + dates sat at tables near us with those they knew (so my BMs that were college friends sat with other college friends, my Bridesmaid or Best Man from growing up sat with ppl she knew, etc.). Maybe not the most traditional but what worked best for us!
Post # 11
Also, I should say that we do actually have two best men & two MOH’s – so if we did the first option, it’d be one table with 6 of us, and then two other tables with about 10 people each.
Post # 12
We’re doing the bride/groom, moh/bm and dates option. We just foudn out that the bestman is moving to Singapore for work (he arranged to be able to stay in the states til right after the wedding) and we figured it would be nice to have the 2 most important peopel to us by our sides through the whole day. Especially since some wont be around for long… :o(
Post # 13
I despise head tables! No one comes to visit, and your poor date is sitting down with all of the other dates. Anything but a head table please! 🙂