Head Table! Who Knew There Were So Many Options!!!

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  • During our initial consultations, the one question that stumps most of our couples is “Who’s sitting on the head table?!”  Unless this was discussed before, it usually turns into a long conversation about “should it be just us?”, how to keep both sides even, who will be offended if they aren’t included, and how to place everyone without it looking like one long never ending table!
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  • Luckily for our couples, we have done pretty much every type of stage arrangement that there possibly could be!  It doesn’t have to be a difficult decision, and there are ways to make sure everyone feels important on your big day!  Let’s walk through the pros and cons of each configuration.   
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  • Only Sweetheart Table (keeping it simple with only the bride and groom on the stage) 
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  • Pros:
  • ·         All the attention goes to the bride and groom
  • ·         Avoids having to think of who to put at the head table
  • ·         Allows family members to interact with other guests (rather than being glued to the stage!)
  • ·         You can make your loved ones feel special with special tables set off the stage (see my blog on table layouts for some ideas!)
  • Cons:
  • ·         You don’t get to share the stage with all the important people in your life
  • ·         Not the best option for couples who don’t like the limelight
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  • Designs
  • ·         Sofa setup (dinner off the stage)
  • ·         Sofa setup with a table in front for dinner
  • ·         Decorated sweetheart table – specialty linens/floral/ect.
  • ·         Acrylic table with acrylic chairs
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  • Sweetaheart table with Separated tables for the family
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  • Pros:
  • ·         Separate tables allows you to still have a special sweetheart sofa or table setup
  • ·         You get to share the stage with your loved ones
  • Cons:
  • ·         You have to try to balance out guests from the bride and grooms side with some configurations
  • ·         Need to make sure not to offend anyone by leaving them out!
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  • Designs
  • ·         Any of the Sweetheart options listed above with:
  •             - 1 long table at the base of the stage (reduces issues with keeping even bride/groom guests counts)
  •             -  Multi-tiered setup with 4 separate tables or 2 long tables (sweetheart setup on top tier)
  •             -  2 separate tables (bride and groom side)
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  • One long head table   
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  • Pros:
  • ·         Great for the couple who doesn’t want to have all the attention on them
  • Cons:
  • ·         Long Table could make getting to your seat and out difficult
  • ·         Need to have an even bride/groom guest count; otherwise they won’t be in the center of the table!
  • Designs
  • ·         For one long head table, we usually use specialty linens and decorate the table with swags, floral, long lower riser type pieces.
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There are a lot of different options to consider!  It can seem difficult to make a decision, but working through the list of pros/cons will help you decide what’s the most important.  We can help you create a beautiful setup no matter what you decide!  Take a look at some of the work we’ve done in the past!

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  • gold chaise
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  • baige sofa