Waterford Wednesday: Head Table vs. Sweetheart Table

Happy Waterford Wednesday, we hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July!
When planning a wedding reception, one aspect that brides/grooms need to decide on is – head table vs. sweetheart table. While this may seem like a trivial decision to some, there is often a lot of back and forth on which one to choose, so today we’re here to help you out! We’ve come up with a list of questions to ask yourself that will hopefully steer you toward the right decision for you/your event!

Do you have a wedding party?
Photo: Erika Mills Photography
This may seem like a silly question, BUT if your wedding party is very tiny, this might be a question you should consider! For example, if your spouse and yourself only have one person each in your party, do you really want to create a Head Table just for the four of you? Your answer still may be “yes” to this, and if so, great! But, it could be easier and more aesthetically pleasing to go the sweetheart table route in this situation! 

Is your wedding party small, medium, or large?
Photo: Caitlin Gerres Photography
Depending on the way you answer this question, your decision might be made up for you! In our experience, a moderately sized wedding party makes for a more graceful/organized looking Head Table vs. a larger party. With a larger wedding party there are a lot of considerations you have to think of before agreeing on a Head Table. Will my venue have enough space to accommodate this? Will the group look unified at the head table or just crowded?

Can your whole wedding party be seated together without separation?
Photo: Audrey Rose Photography
This question is a bit of an extension of the previous one. When thinking about a Head Table you should consider the fact that it is singular, and is intended to be one table, not multiple! So, if your wedding party will fit comfortably without looking disjointed, we say go for it! If the table needs to be scattered or have people left off due to space limitations, it may be a better option to forgo the Head Table option and stick to a nice Sweetheart Table!

Is intimate time during dinner important to you?
Photo: Dragon Studio

If enjoying an intimate first dinner with your new spouse is high on your priority list, then having a Sweetheart Table is the best option here! Of course at your wedding there is no such thing as full privacy (everyone came to celebrate you after all!), but having a sweetheart table will remove you from your wedding guests in a small aspect.

Whichever table option you choose we know that it will be special for you and your new spouse! Your wedding day will be a whirlwind, so use these questions as a step to make at least one decision easier!

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