Who Sits at the Head Table During the Wedding Reception?

We dislike to break it to you, but seating projects are one of the least enjoyable parts of planning a wedding event. In addition to determining which mix of cousins, coworkers, and youth good friends will be the very best dining companions, you’ve got to determine who gets to dine with the important invitees (ya know– you).

If you’re skipping the sweetie table and placing yourselves front and center at a head table, we’ve got a few ideas for who you might wish to welcome to sit at hand.

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First, position it in the ideal location.

Prior to you choose who will sit at the head table, it is essential to ensure you put it in the ideal location in your reception space. If your tables will be organized around the dance floor, the head table should be straight opposite the band or DJ, closest to the dance floor, and with the newlyweds seated so they’re facing into the room (for the best toast-watching view). If supper and dancing will remain in separate spaces, consider putting the head table right in the middle of the room, with visitors all around you. The head table must be centrally located, a focal point, and organized so the delighted couple can watch out to see their family and friends.

So who sits where?

Traditionally, the newlyweds being in the middle of the table, with the bride seated to the groom’s right. Same-sex couples can do not hesitate to seat themselves as they ‘d like. For a male/female pattern around the table, seat the best guy next to the bride-to-be and the maid of honor next to the groom. Naturally, because they are each of your closest pals or brother or sisters, feel free to swap that so the housemaid of honor is next to the bride-to-be and the very best man is beside the groom.

Depending on the size of your wedding celebration, this table could be specifically bridesmaids and groomsmen (who should alternate around the table to keep that male/female pattern going) or, for a smaller wedding event party or a bigger table, could include each member of the wedding celebration’s date seated next to them. If you have area, the latter alternative is more suitable– that way you’re not relegating your sis’s husband to a different table. If you ‘d rather dine with your families, ditch the wedding party seating and instead invite your parents and siblings to join you at the head table. Seat the bride-to-be’s moms and dads beside the bride-to-be, the groom’s moms and dads beside the groom, the siblings in the remaining seats, and enjoy your very first meal as one big, pleased family.

In this circumstances, you can either have a second table designated for your wedding celebration or seat them as you will the rest of your guests, alongside any friends or individuals you believe they’ll love meeting.

When it comes to child attendants (flower girls and ring bearers), take their age and relation to you into consideration. If they’re old enough to dine with adults who aren’t their moms and dads without feeling uneasy, give them a seat at the head table. It’s a fun honor and will definitely make them feel unique. If they’re more youthful, however their parents are members of the wedding celebration, do the exact same. For children whose parents will be seated in other places at the reception, they’ll most likely be better sitting with mother and father.

If just the wedding event party will be seated at the head table, make sure to offer your parents seats of honor at close-by tables, where they can see you and your brand-new partner, in addition to be seen by the other visitors. Trust us– your moms and dads will desire a front-row seat to those speeches and the very first dance.


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