Most weddings end up with the classic head table seating for the wedding party because they don't realize there are any other options. So I wanted to showcase some great options and the advantages of each.
Classic Head Table
The classic head table usually seats the bride, groom, and the wedding party. Each of the groom and bride's families sit at separate tables. This is usually a good option when space is at a premium. It gives the room a focal point. However, it sometimes makes for an awkward situation for wedding party member's dates because they don't get to sit with their date. It also doesn't make for very much conversation at the table. It might not be the most ideal setup.
Facing Head Table
Recently I went to a wedding where the wedding party sat at a large table in the middle of the room facing each other. This I thought was different from what I had seen before because it allowed for more people to sit at the table. You could include dates or family at the table with the wedding party. Also, the facing setup allows for more conversation. You can also slap a sweetheart table on the end of it to make it more visually interesting.
I love the idea of a sweetheart table. This allows for an intimate dining experience for the bride and groom without the huge table you have to walk around. The question is, what do you do with the rest of the wedding party. At one wedding I filmed this summer, the wedding party was sat at tables around the sweetheart table. This enabled them to sit with their dates and be at a table conducive to conversation. You can also intermix wedding party with family of the bride or groom.