Waterford Wednesday: Head Table vs. Sweetheart Table

Happy Waterford Wednesday!
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!

Is intimate time during dinner important to you?
Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

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.

Is your wedding party small, medium, or large?
Photo: Echard Wheeler 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: Kelley Stinson 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!

Do you want to be the focal point?
Photo: Cynthia Tenney Photography

I mean it is your day after all so it definitely can be ALL about you! If you want all eyes on you a Sweetheart Table is a necessity when it comes to your reception layout. I mean where else would you eyes be with the newlyweds under this GORGEOUS arch? A sweetheart table is also great if you want to incorporate some high-end linens without having to spend a fortune since it will just be on your table and not all of the guest tables!

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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Waterford Wednesday: 3 Stunning Napkin Folds

Here at Waterford, we are all about helping your Pinterest dreams become a reality!  Whether you are hosting a small dinner party or a large wedding reception, your table decor should be your focal point.  There are so many elements that can add dimension and flair to make your tablescape breathtaking.  However, we Waterford gals feel the most influential piece on your table is the napkin.

An already necessity for guests, the napkin is a classic choice in sprucing up your table without blowing your budget.  Beautifully folded napkins are a small detail that can ultimately transform a table from “drab to fab”.  Nevertheless, with the endless amounts of napkin folds out there, we know you might be a little overwhelmed at where to begin.  So don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  We’ve narrowed down our top three fav napkin folds and want to share them with you!

The Tri-Fold

This might arguably be our most common choice for our clients who are serving their dinner in the form of “buffet-style”.  Draping a napkin under a glass, acrylic, or melamine charger creates a romantic look that will ultimately enhance your event’s level of sophistication.  Depending on your overall theme, The Tri-Fold can either compliment a farm table to finish off that rustic look with polyester napkins or even finalize your glamorous, ornate look with satin napkins.

Photo: Audrey Rose Photography

Photo: Jessica Ryan Photography

The Knot

In the world of napkins, The Knot is one of our go-to’s when trying to dress-it-up or dress-it-down, just like your fav pair of jeans.  Coupled with an overall more simplistic look for your reception, The Knot can give off a sense of organic feeling to the table as a whole.  The beauty of this fold is its imperfect perfection, easily created with either a patterned or solid napkin of many different materials.

Photo: Angie McPherson Photography

The Banded Fold

Going back to our dynamic-duo of chargers and napkins for our last most popular fold, The Banded Napkin Fold is our most requested by our clients.  When trying to showcase your final touches on your table, this option essentially serves to “seal-the-deal”, wrapping around your choice of chargers and maybe even your menus for your event.

Photo: Lindsay Collette Photography

Photo: Luke and Ashley Photography

Elegant and classic are the characteristics that most fundamentally describe these three napkin folds.  Each unique in its own way, these particular folds can quite frankly be added to ANY look! Which one is your fav?  Let us know in the comments section below!

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