Heads or “Tables” (Part 2 of 2)

Previously, we explored the option of using a sweetheart table for the bride and groom to dine at separately during the reception. But if you prefer a crowd, and would like all your wedding party to be seated with you, there are a few options as well, which we’ll discuss today. Traditionally, one long head table was set up at the front of the room, facing the guest tables. The bride and groom sat next to each other in the middle and their bridesmaids and groomsmen on either side. Generally, the best man is seated next to the bride and the maid of honor next to the groom and it alternates boy, girl, boy, girl after that. You could also have all the bridesmaids sit to the bride’s side and all the groomsmen by the groom, if preferred.

However, there are now many variations to this tradition, including a U-shaped table to promote conversation, or adjoining two large rectangular tables to create a family-style seating arrangement. Typically, the long singular table is used to allow guests easy access to congratulate the bride and groom on their wedding and to see and identify all the wedding party and take pictures. Keep in mind that if you do create a formal head table, the attendant’s dates will need to be seated among guests.

Head tables can also accommodate immediate family members, like parents and siblings, if there is enough room and space for everyone to be seated comfortably. Be sure to accommodate spaces for your family’s dates or partners so that no one is left awkwardly out. If you aren’t sure about the idea of a head table for your wedding party, it is perfectly fine to do away with it altogether and have your wedding party seated among guests with their dates. Just keep in mind that they will stand out—matching tuxes and dresses, of course!—but it’s important to do what makes you most comfortable during your reception and that works best for your attendants.

 Call Ashelynn Manor today to begin planning your special event, from the ceremony to the reception and any head table you want! We are here to help you create a memorable wedding at a memorable venue.


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