Post # 16
We had just us and our parents as a head table, so 6 of us. We thought that the best man and bridesmaids would much prefer to sit with friends, so we had a bridesmaids/ ushers/ their partners table. Worked perfectly.
Post # 17
we had a round table as our ‘top table’, and the people sat on it were myself and my OH, my mum and dad, his dad, my brother, the best man, and the maid of honour. The other 3 groomsmen were sat at a long table (14 people) with their OH’s, 3 of their single friends, and 5 of my pFarent’s friends, the other 3 adult bridesmaids (all single/without their SO’s) were sat with their parents and then my aunt, uncle and cousin, and the junior Bridesmaid or Best Man was with her parents and my Mother-In-Law.
I would maybe do something similar; the way we did it is traditional for the UK and I think it works well. If your Maid/Matron of Honor and best man have SOs, you could just have your parents (table of 6) if space allows for a small table.
Also, we got up between courses to chat to people, so you can always do that if speaking to people is a concern.
Post # 18
My and my SOs parents are all remarried and divorced, so that’s 8 plus us. As long as our tables fit 10, and they’re okay sitting together, we’ll sit with all of them. We will put the bridal party with whoever they’d sit with if they weren’t in the bridal party. I think the concept of a head table is strange. No one needs to watch you eat.
Post # 19
I haven’t seen a head table in years and years. Most couples I know do a sweetheart table, with the bridal party at regular tables, with their dates. When my son in law was best man, he and my daughter sat at a table for 8, with just the bride and groom, and the matron of honor and her husband.