(Closed) Where to sit bridesmaid's +1 during reception?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
8704 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

babylo0n:  I honestly think the best people to ask would be your actual bridesmaids. I had this same issue so we did a sweetheart table and then let my bridesmaids sit with their SO’s or family (some of my bridesmaids I’ve known forever so I’m close with their family).

Post # 4
8704 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

babylo0n:  ON past threads with this same question I’ve seen bees split half and half. Some say your bridesmaids’ SO’s are adults and should be able to sit alone. Others (like myself) say their SOs should be able to sit with them so they can enjoy themselves also. Yes, people are adults and can sit alone for a few hours but why should they have to? That was my reasoning for a sweetheart table. We were so busy during the wedding that we wouldnt have been able to sit and mingle much with our bridal party anyway. 

Post # 5
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

babylo0n:  I personally would hate to attend a wedding with my FI and have to sit at a table of strangers. 3/5 of my bridesmaids are married with families and the other two are bringing +1s. I’ve decided that we are just going to sit with family and they can sit with theirs. We also considered a sweetheart table but my thought was I can have a dinner alone with FI anytime so I’d rather sit with family that day. 

Post # 6
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I am a bridesmaid at my friend’so wedding in a few months and she’s letting us bridesmaids sit with our SOs (she’ll be at a different table with her parents, her siblinge and her FI’s parents and siblings). I am so happy she’s doing it this way because my FI doesn’t really know anyone and it would suck for him to sit on his own!

Post # 8
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m having a similar problem, still a few months away for us, but I’m thinking I’ll seat them at the tables with their partner. We have 17 bm and gm so I think we’ll just sit with our families

Post # 9
2500 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Most of our bridal party is single, except the best man who is married.  So it will just be his wife (who I’m not friends with), and whatever random dates anyone decides to bring.  I didn’t want all the random people in the photos at the head table, fiance didn’t want a sweetheart table, our families are too big to all fit in one table, so I thought maybe we should just have the wife at the head table, but my fiance asked his best man and they would rather just be apart for just the meal than make a deal out of it.  His wife is very outgoing though.  We will either put all the plus 1s together in a table right next to the head table if there are enough, or just put his wife by my fiance’s family (who she knows).  Honestly, the head table will sit up there for 20 minutes to eat and have a few pictures, and then once I’m off to great guests with the husband, I fully expect the bridal party to get up to hang with SO and friends.  

Post # 10
12614 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This really depends on your friends and your preference.  We had a traditional head table and seated the dates/significant others with other people that they knew, but the difference was that they all knew people at the wedding. 

I like the idea of sitting with your families, though – it kind of cuts off the debate at its head!  While having the head table was important to me, if this feels right for you guys, go for it!

Post # 11
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

FI and I are sitting with our immediate families, and our wedding parties and their dates are sitting at the two tables next to us. We are not having a head table. 

Post # 12
165 posts
Blushing bee

we are being completely different – our Head/Top table will only be myself, my then husband (eeek) his best man and my MOH.

As my FI father passed away, and my father is not very confident we didnt want anyone to feel out of there comfort zone – we also didnt want the sides to look uneven – so we have sat our parents on tables with our siblings so they are all together and our bridesmaids/groomsmen are sat at tables with their partners. 

To us it just made sense to have it that way so everyone was comfortable – it may be our day but the most important thing is that people feel relaxed and enjoy it

Post # 13
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I sat my wedding parties +1s at a table together – or if they knew someone at the wedding I tried to sit them with those people.  It all worked out find.  Most people will generally find a way to mingle and get to know other people at their party and its just dinner.

Post # 14
3699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Let them sit with their dates!  If you don’t have room for a head table with dates (which I think is silly and awkward), either sit with your parents or have a sweetheart table.  If you two sit alone no one can fight over you and you’ll have a chance to actually talk to either other and maybe get a bite to eat.  

Post # 16
9445 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

babylo0n:  I am also into the wedding party table and do not care for a sweetheart table so I would handle it like this:

put the boyfriends together at a table close to the head. They can meet and greet and get chummy at the rehearsal dinner. Theyll survive!

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