Top Table/Head Table Seating Arrangements
Here are a number of possibilities for placing guests on the Top Table/Head Table at your wedding. However, don't feel you need to stick with a traditional setup. It's your day, so feel free to arrange your guests in a way that suits you best!
These are the traditional top table layouts used in the UK/Europe and North America. In the UK, the Bride and Groom are sat with their respective parents and the Chief Bridesmaid and Best Man. However, in the USA parents host their own 'VIP' tables with the head table seating the bridal party - Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen.
Traditional Top Table Seating (UK)
Traditional Head Table Seating (USA)
Unfortunately, modern families aren't always straight-forward and it's often the case that parents are separated, divorced or possibly even re-married. Working out not only who is sitting where on the top table but also who is actually on the top table can be a real headache! Here are a few alternative layouts for accommodating parents.
Bride's Parents Divorced and Re-Married
Groom's Parents Divorced and Re-Married
If you really can't get a top table layout that works for you, then how about trying one of these ideas.
A 'sweetheart table' gives the two of you some precious time together while you eat or why not have no top table at all! Have a couple of extra chairs at various tables around the room and sit with different guests for different courses.
You could, perhaps just have a top table consisting of yourselves and the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid. Or if you already have children, why not have them with you on the top table.
|'Sweetheart' Table For Two
||A Table for 4
||No Top Table
Seating Plan Software
Working out who's sitting where can be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding. Software like TopTablePlanner lets you effortlessly drag and drop all of your guests around the screen until you've created the perfect plan.
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