“Head Table Couple” or “Sweetheart Table Couple” | Which Are You?

Ready to start working on your wedding floor plan? First things first:

Head Table or Sweetheart Table

You will need to decide where you would like the bride and groom to be seated, as well as where you would like the wedding party to be seated.
There are a few options for this and two big keywords are going to be head tablesweetheart table.

So, what do these terms mean and what’s the difference?
How should these tables be set up?
What about the placement of these tables in the room?
And most importantly… are you more of a “Head Table Couple” or a “Sweetheart Table Couple??”

Let’s go ahead and talk through all of this and find out. 🙂 First…

What is a Head Table?

long wedding head table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in McKinney (Stone Hall) | Photographer: Wiler Weddings

A head table is a table at which the bride, groom, and wedding party (both bridesmaids and groomsmen) are seated.

Typically, the bride and groom are seated at the center, with their wedding party on either side.
You can choose to have all the girls on the bride’s side and all the guys on the groom’s side OR you can alternate bridesmaid-groomsman at every other seat.

head table on stage
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Weatherford (Westwood Hall) | Photographer: Outland Weddings

Something you will need to think through if you decide to go with a head table, as opposed to a sweetheart table, is whether will have your wedding party’s dates sit at the head table with them or if you will have their dates sit elsewhere. If you have the space and you like the idea of having everyone together, go ahead and have them sit with you… the more, the merrier!

Pros of a head table: to put it simply, with a head table you are surrounded by all of your favorite people and we think that is pretty special. Head tables also tend to make for beautiful focal points in the reception hall and give your guests a heads up of where they should be looking for welcomes, toasts, speeches, etc.

long head table at THE SPRINGS
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Denton (The Ranch) | Photographer: Julia M Photography

Side note: We know you want us to tell you the “right answer” or the “right way” to do these things, but honestly… a lot of the decisions are just going to be personal preference, which should be good news!

It’s YOUR wedding day, do what YOU want! If you’d rather change out your wedding party at your head table for your closest family members, go for it!
We think you should be surrounded by the people you love most in the world on your Best Day Ever. <3

Moving on to option #2… the sweetheart table!

What is a Sweetheart Table?

sweetheart table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Weatherford (Westwood Hall) | Photographer: Element Motif

sweetheart table is a smaller table at which only the bride and groom are seated. This is an option that is exactly as it sounds… sweet. 🙂

If going this route seems more your style, we suggest choosing a small table for the bride and groom and then seating your wedding party and immediate family nearby.

Oklahoma sweetheart table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in McKinney (Stone Hall) | Photographer: Wood’s Weddings

Pros of a sweetheart table: you probably hear it all the time, but that’s because it’s true – your wedding day will FLY by.
Opting for a sweetheart table can be a good way to ensure you get a little one-on-one time with your now-husband or wife!

Houston wedding sweetheart table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in The Woodlands (South Hall) | Photographer: Biyani Photography

It also helps the bride and groom in being able to actually eat dinner. You can sit, chat, eat, kiss, and then get up to mingle, dance, and continue on with the celebration!

Once you decide whether you and your fiance are more of a “Head Table Couple” or a “Sweetheart Table Couple,” we can move on to step two…

Table Setup

elegant wedding head table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in McKinney (Tuscany Hill) | Photographer: Grace Anne Photography

To our “Head Table Couples” – We suggest utilizing 6-ft and 8-ft tables in your setup. 6-ft tables will seat 3 along each side and 8-ft tables will seat 4 along each side. Both sizes will seat 1 at either end.

There are various setups from which you can choose with a head table (one long table, horseshoe-shaped, etc.)
At the bottom of this blog, there is a link to a guide that will walk you through different kinds of setups with photo examples.

wedding sweetheart table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Edmond | Photographer: Brianna Record Photography

To our “Sweetheart Table Couples” – Good news! All you will need to decide is which table you’d like to use!

As mentioned earlier, we recommend using a smaller table since there will only be two people seated at it.
Our suggestions are a 33-inch round sweetheart table, a 6-ft table, or renting/bringing in a table of your own.

wooden sweetheart table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Denton (The Lodge) | Photographer: Emily Nicole Photo

This last option (renting or bringing in a table of your own) proves to be special if you have a table that holds meaning to you.
We have seen some of our couples build their own tables to use as their wedding day sweetheart table and we could not love this more. <3

Now that your table setup has been nailed down, there is only one thing left to decide on…

Table Placement

large wedding head table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Norman | Photographer: Hailey Faria Photography

At THE SPRINGS, either option (head table or sweetheart table) and just about any setup imaginable can be placed anywhere in the reception hall.

Some of the most popular spots are going to be centered in front of the stage, on the stage, centered in front of the staircase, or straight down the middle of the room (if doing a head table).

If the dancefloor is going to be in the very middle of the room, with guest tables surrounding on all sides, a good place for head table/sweetheart table could also be by either the entrance or exit doors.

head table placement
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Rockwall (Poetry Hall) | Photographer: Hannah Way Photography

Our recommendation is to choose somewhere where the bride and groom feel they have a good view looking out on all their favorite people in the world.

Honestly, at THE SPRINGS, there’s not a bad seat in the house. 🙂

wedding sweetheart table stage
Venue: THE SPRINGS in Denton (The Ranch) | Photographer: Emily Nicole Photo

And remember, your guests are going to want to be able to see your newly-married faces! Try to position your chairs facing as many of their tables as possible.

That’s about it! In short, there are just three things you will need to decide:
Head Table or Sweetheart Table
Table Setup
Table Placement

head table and sweetheart table
Venue: THE SPRINGS in McKinney (Stone Hall) | Photographer: AR Photography

Still feeling confused or need a little bit more inspiration? Check out our Guide to Head Tables + Sweetheart Tables.
It is an online flipbook (full of photos!) and includes the exact linen sizes you will need for each table type. Should be helpful!

Good luck! Let us know what you decide or if you will be doing something entirely different!

Always remember, there is no wrong way to wedding. 🙂

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