A Guide to Deciding Between a Head Table and Sweetheart Table

One detail of your wedding reception that certainly cannot be overlooked is whether you will be seated at a head table with your loving bridal party or at a romantic sweetheart table for just you and your new husband or wife. Making this decision can come easy to some couples, as they know exactly what they want their wedding to look like. For others, it can be a daunting choice with many benefits of both options. To help you make an informed conclusion on which option is best for you and your wedding, the experts here at Conklyn’s Weddings & Events are breaking down the pros and cons of head tables and sweetheart tables and exploring a third or fourth option for your wedding reception.

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Head Table

Head tables can prove to be a great option for traditional weddings or for couples who want to feel like royalty sitting in the middle of a long and grand table. While you and your new spouse are seated in the middle of your head table, your most trusted and admired friends and family members that make up your bridal party are also honored and acknowledged. However, be careful if you have a large bridal party as there is a greater chance that the table can feel crowded, especially if you adorn it with beautiful floral arrangements or a lush and luxe floral garland.

Sweetheart wedding table with white pumpkins

Sweetheart Table

The benefits of a sweetheart table include ensuring everyone has a comfortable seat next to their date. While you and your bride or groom relax at a sweetheart table set just for two, your bridal party and their dates will find themselves dining with each other at designated guest tables. The option of keeping your bridal party altogether or seating them with their own family, cousins, or friends means that they too will have a fun and relaxing dinner.

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King’s Table

King’s tables are the best way to keep everyone together, give each other enough elbow room, and even include your immediate family. A king’s table is often very large and positioned in the center of the wedding reception. The newlyweds are seated in the center and can be surrounded by the bridal party and their dates as well as parents, grandparents, siblings, and other close family members. After all, weddings are also about two families merging together, and having a king’s table is the perfect representation.

Cocktail table with gold chargers

Another Alternative

While traditional assigned seating for guests certainly makes for a smooth wedding reception, small weddings or micro ceremonies can have the ability to accommodate freestyle seating. This means that instead of finding their name, guests can simply find a seat, a barstool, or a lounge chair all on their own. This typically works best if you plan to have buffet tables and/or cocktail servers coming around with small bites or appetizers.

Choosing between a head table and a sweetheart table can leave some couples feeling uneasy about their decision. Going back and forth between accommodating everyone’s needs and their own wishes makes it impossible to create the perfect wedding reception. With more options and a gentle reminder that this is your special day, relieves some of the pressure. As you make your decision and explore the best options for you, your friends and wedding experts here at Conklyn’s Weddings & Events are always ready to lend a helping hand.