Traditional table layouts vs unconventional ones – the pros, the cons, who sits where and what questions to ask! There are options. Let’s dive into some of these and what is going to be the most suitable for you.
traditional head tables
A long rectangular table at the head of the room that consists of the Bride and Groom, along with the entire bridal party sitting on their perspective sides all facing the center of the room. Creating a very clear visual point for all guests with typically a podium for speeches nearby. Brides, this means you have your new hubby on one side and your Maid of Honor on the other, not a bad way to spend the night. Now those with very large bridal parties, can your venue accommodate a table of this size? With 5 bridesmaids and groomsmen at a minimum of 2 feet per person, that is a 24 foot table. Anything more than that and you have to add a full additional 6 foot or 8 foot table. This adds up fast, however, there are also creative ways that your wedding planner can help you to get around this.
A table set for two. Typically set as a visual point at the front of the room that overlooks all the guests for the evening. Some find this setup quite intimidating being the center of attention while eating. Although, I hate to break it to you, but it is your wedding and you are the center of attention. Now some use dinner time to mingle at guest tables and say hello between courses. However, if you wanted to sit down and enjoy your meal in its entirety, it allows for a nice dinner for the two of you to have that intimate time together. It also allows your bridal party to sit with their dates for the evening among the other guests.
Who says a head table has to be at the “head” of the room? Put it in the center! Sit both sides so a conversation can be had! All rules are out the window these days, besides, who made these “rules” anyways?!? I am a huge fan of this. Don’t get me wrong, I always like to do some sort of wow factor for the Bride and Groom’s table so that it stands out and doesn’t get lost in the crowd. This could be a different shaped table, taller center pieces, or even a hanging floral arrangement over the table so there is no mistaking where they are seated. However, how great is it to be a part of the action and be surrounded by family and friends rather than looking at them from afar. Just know that there are options.
All of these options serve their purpose and have their place. It comes down to what is important to you. After all, it is your day.