When we plan with our clients, we’ve noticed some consistency with their questions. In an effort to be helpful to our blog readers, we’ll tackle a popular question or two for you every so often!
Q: Do I have to have a head table during dinner?
A: No, you don’t! Some couples elect to sit with parents and grandparents at a standard round or square table rather than at a head table with their bridal party. Also, many couples love a “sweetheart table” for just the two of them. This is great for the bride and groom to actually spend time together, and they can always be seated close to bridal party and family tables. Head tables are traditional and often associated with plated or full dinner buffets involving toasts or presentations to occur while guests are seated at the dinner tables. Layout options will depend on your venue space and available table sizes, as well as your guest count and group size for the head table. One-sided head tables are great, but they aren’t helpful in having conversations with anyone other than the person on your right and left. A U-shaped table arrangement and a Tuscan table (2-sided rectangular) are great options that are more conducive to conversation for a large head table group.
Q. If I have a head table, who should be seated there?
A. Traditionally, the couple includes their bridal party at the head table. Sometimes when space allows, this includes spouses and dates (which is always appreciated by those affected). Bridal party can include your ushers and any children in your wedding or not, based on space and your preferences. If you don’t have a wedding party involved or just prefer, you may want to have parents and grandparents seated at the head table.