Is tradition changing? For years we have seen the long straight head table set up for the bride, groom and bridal party. It can be a bit more difficult to communicate with the entire bridal party especially if it is one large long table. Now, we are seeing more brides looking at different options for their head table. Many want a more intimate, restaurant feel as if they are spending the evening out with their friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere (which they are of course).
Over the last couple of years I have seen some unique head table setups. Many brides want to avoid the long table look and opt for “out of the norm”. It is surprising to hear a few couples mention how shy they are and don’t want to be in the spotlight while eating their meal. Others just want to be different and make their wedding their own style.
Here are a few ideas:
Restaurant style: How about one round table in the centre of the hall with color linens and centerpieces entirely different from all of your other guest tables. It would be quite evident that is the “head table”. You can even ask your decorator to hang crystals or paper lanterns from the ceiling that will be only over your table.
Modern Twist: Boardroom or U-shape “King table” as it is called is set up in the centre of your venue by using 8 tables in a square formation. This is one of my favourites as you can accent the centre of the tables filled with many candles, a water pond which is really cool, or floral arrangements.
Not So Traditional: If you still like the look of the traditional head table in front but want to change it up a bit, then try round tables placed side by side instead of using long banquet tables. You can seat 6 people at one round facing the guests. You will still have a traditional head table look but with a little more shape in character. Place spot lights under each round and see how beautiful the head table shines at night.
You will know which style is best for you. Always remember though the size of your bridal party and venue space can make a huge difference from what type of head table you choose. Make sure if you want a “king table” it will fit in your venue or you will be very disappointed to find out closer to the wedding it won’t work.
Grab a piece of paper and pencil and start sketching!