Wedding party head table seating

Top Table/Head Table Seating Arrangements

There are a number of possibilities for placing guests on the Top Table (or Head Table) at your wedding.

Many couples opt for a traditional top table layout but that doesn't always work for everyone. It's your day, so don't think you need to stick with tradition. Feel free to arrange your guests in a way that suits you best!

Traditional Layouts

These are the traditional top table layouts used in the UK, Europe and North America.

In the UK, the Bride and Groom traditionally sit in the middle with their respective parents and the Chief Bridesmaid and Best Man either side of them.

The traditional wedding top table seating arrangementHowever, 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)

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Alternative Layouts

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.


Alternative Traditional

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Something Different

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! Leave 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.

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Head table with parents?

by WaitingForIt

My MoH and I were doing the seating chart last night and it really works out well if the bridal party sits with their dates and friends and our parents sit up front with us at the head table. Is this weird though? I have heard of sweetheart tables and head table with the bridal party, but never just the parents. We thought it would be a nice way to honor them too, since we could not pay for this wedding without their help.
Also, any parents' gift ideas?!? They are both coming in a few days and we still have no idea! My parents sacraficed a lot for this wedding so I want to gi

Seating arrangement...

by gershwin_fan

Could someone help settle a dispute. I have a friend who's getting married and she wants to have the photographer sitting up front, near the head table, with the wedding party at the banquet. I was telling her that's poor protocol because family members would be offended that a vendor has a better seat than they do. I told her, even though she's nice enough to feed the vendor and their assistants, the photographer should sit in the back since they are working for her.
What is the correct protocol for this situation?

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