When you are having a sit-down dinner reception, your bridal table layout sets the scene for the entire wedding reception. Deciding if you want to sit amongst your guests, separate from them or something in between affects how and where all your other guests sit. So, let’s look at three different Bridal Table layout options.
First, we have the traditional long-table layout. This is the one you have probably seen the most; the entire bridal party sits on one side of a long table at the edge of the room, facing the rest of the guests. This type of layout gives the bride and groom a clear view of all their guests as well as the opportunity to hang out and relax with their nearest and dearest (which is usually what your bridal party is). We love this for it’s simplicity and it gives a bit of a grand feel to the event. However, some couples aren’t totally comfortable with this, feeling as though they’re on display.
This layout can suit both formal and informal weddings, so if you like this layout, go for it!
The sweetheart table is becoming more and more common. This is where the bride and groom have a table for just the two of them. It can be at the edge of the room, facing the guests, or it can be in the center of the room, with guests and their tables surrounding them. This is much more intimate and really emphasises that this moment is about the two of you. If you want ever more intimacy, you can have your table off to the side of the whole room in a secluded corner, or even in a completely separate room.
Intimacy is the purpose of this layout which some couples love because it’s often the first chance they’ve had to speak, just the two of them, all day.
Banquet tables are exactly what they sound like: a banquet layout. Instead of sitting away from your guests, you sit on the main table with them. You can have your bridal party sit near you on this table and then include friends and family further along. The table itself is positioned at the centre of the room with other tables surrounding it, as would be present in a banquet hall. This style is more family-oriented and informal due to the lack of separation from the guests.
Don’t forget, this is just a starting point. If you can dream it up, the possibilities are endless when it comes to table layouts.
PS – check back next fortnight for more details on overall table layouts and floorplans!