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Reception Seating for the Bride and Groom

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When considering the reception seating options for the big day, the bride and groom have many options to consider. Some choose to have a head table with the best man and maid of honor seated next to them, or a head table with the entire bridal party seated at the table with them. Another popular option for a head table, especially with large bridal parties is to have a two tiered head table where the bride and groom with either the maid of honor and best man or the couple’s parents are seated at the top table, and the rest of the bridal party are seated at the lower table.  This option can be difficult for those members of the bridal party that may be bringing a spouse or significant other along to the festivities because they may prefer to sit with their spouse for the reception festivities, but on the positive side, keeping the gang all together creates an amazing good time with lots of fun and laughter.

Reception Seating for Bride and Groom, Head Table, Alpha Prosperity Events

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Reception Seating for the Bride and Groom

One Wed – Dave Hallstrom

Another option is for the bride and groom to sit at a table with their guests. This can be achieved with either a royal table option or just choosing a table and reserving that table for the bride and groom and the guests of their choice.

Reception Seating for Bride and Groom, Long, Royal Table,

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Reception Seating for Bride and Groom, Royal Table, Alpha Prosperity Events

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My favorite reception seating option for the bride and groom is the sweetheart table. A sweetheart table is a table reserved for the bride and groom only. This table is usually placed front and center. It can be ornately decorated or very simple in details. The bride and groom don’t usually sit at this table for the entire reception so it can be removed later if necessary. Many couples choose not to have this option because they don’t want to be the center of attention, but it may be the only time that you and your new husband or wife get a precious moment alone with each other; and after the ceremony event, which may still be a blur to you both, a moment to whisper to each other is more valuable than you realize.

Reception Seating for the Bride and Groom, Sweetheart Table, Fred Marcus Photography

Bridal Guide & Fred Marcus Photography

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Whatever you choose, make sure the choice works for you and the plan of your day. You don’t have to place yourselves sitting with or near anyone that causes you stress or anxiety. There are no hard and fast rules but you must have a plan. If you need help with the options or making a choice, feel free to ask your wedding planner or wedding coordinator. We have been a part of many wedding receptions and we can share with you what has worked and what hasn’t.


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  1. Great post. The sweetheart table setting is always a bit chancy. On the one hand it is like you said that they get a quiet moment together in a day that can be very difficult for them to achieve that. But on the other hand it can weird some couples out as they get a ‘romantic dinner setting’ but are the center of attention and get no real privacy.
    Personally I always like having the whole bridal party at a table together as it keeps the revelry going through the meal.
    Thanks for posting. I really love the pictures. 🙂

  2. Great post- like always! I love it when my couples use a sweetheart table. I think my least favorite is the head table option. It works for some situations, but for the most part, if I were a bridesmaid, I’d want to spend the evening next to my husband.

  3. I love the sweetheart table idea – esp in this day & age of parents being divorced & having new partners or members of the wedding party being forced to sit separately from their S.O. – I prefer to just have everyone sit at their own respective tables. I do like the idea of the bride & groom sitting at a regular table with family &/or friends if that works for them – we saw this at a wedding not long ago & it was tastefully done.

  4. I love this post, especially since I learned a new ter from it. I’ve always liked the “royal” table setting, but didn’t know that’s what that setting was called. My all time favorite is the estate tables for the bridal party or even more the staggered style where bride and groom or bride, groom, maid of honor, best man sit together, and the bridal party is on a staggered look from them. Really enjoyed this breakdown.

  5. These are some great seating options. My favorite is the sweetheart table so that the bride & groom can steal some moments of time alone throughout the reception.

  6. I like the idea of a two tiered head table, that is very innovative. I am also particularly fond of the royal table.