• Head Table vs. Sweetheart Table

  • “Where do we sit at our wedding??”

    The floor plan and seating chart can be one of the most daunting tasks of the wedding planning process. Deciding where your guests will sit can definitely be a challenge but deciding where you, the newlyweds, will sit to enjoy your reception. There are two traditional options for where the couple-of-honor should sit: a Head Table or a Sweetheart Table. And like with anything else, there are pros and cons to both options.

    Sweetheart Table:

    By definition, a sweetheart table is simply a small table set only for you and your sweetheart! This is a very popular option for many couples. Your wedding is a joyous occasion to share with beloved but it can often feel like you are there for your family and friends. Between visiting with the people you haven’t seen in a while and dancing with friends, you really might not spend a lot of time with each other. Your sweetheart table can provide a bit of an oasis away from everyone so that you can take a break to spend time together. Also, you spent a lot of time with picking out the perfect meal, you should sit down and enjoy it!

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    Photos via Jessica Perez Photography, KV Photography, Emily Katharine Photography

    Head Table:

    Of course, your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. But if you are anything like me, having everyone’s attention on me all day is slightly terrifying! If this is the case, a head table may be best for you. A head table is a long table at the front of your reception space where you sit amongst your wedding party. This can make you feel like you are more a part of your reception, rather than be separated and on display. Another downside to a head table is that your wedding party won’t be able to sit with their dates.

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    Photos via Earthmuse Photography, Rachel V Photography, Khim Higgins Photography

    Additionally, if you are concerned about where to seat your wedding party if they aren’t sitting with you, do not stress! The wedding party is most likely made up of family members and close friends. So seat them with people that they would want to sit with! They do not have to sit with each other. You may think that they must all sit together based on traditional wedding etiquette but remember that this is your wedding and it is ultimately up to you!

    For more ideas on your sweetheart or head table, visit our Pinterest board Reception Details.