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Table Layout Options for Weddings

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Table arrangements have become just as much of a focal point as a color scheme or design theme to a wedding day! The way your seating is arranged at your reception can transform the space!

What is a “Head Table”?

A head table is where the couple will sit, and can be with a wedding party or other guests, or it can be separate as a “sweetheart” table.

Where do Parents sit?

Parents typically sit at the same table with other members of the immediate family of the wedding couple, but those who are not in the wedding party itself. The flower girl and ring bearer, if applicable, typically sit with the parents of the wedding couple but should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What is “Family Style” Seating?

Family style seating can make your wedding reception very intimate, and is typically better for weddings with lower guest count but can be done for larger weddings as well typically intermixed with round tables or other table arrangements. This style tends to look better in larger reception spaces, such as under a larger tent (or open design like a clear top tent) and works best when doing plated dinner, or one must need to still split up the longer tables into smaller “table” arrangements so that the buffet does not get overcrowded at once. Conversations at this style of table may not be as easy as when at a round table.

What is the most traditional seating arrangement?

The most traditional seating arrangement is round tables, but you can always go for a more intimate feel and do smaller round tables. Centerpieces should typically be lower, so that it does not block conversation across the table.

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