Jeri Frye Table July 09th, 2018 - 14:13:56
An alternative to the long rectangular head table is a "captain's table", which is also a long table, but with seating all around it instead of only on one side. This can be an excellent way to be able to accommodate the dates or spouses of your bridal party at the same table as your attendants. Some couples might not like this as well as the traditional head table, as they will not be facing their guests without an obstruction, but it does lend itself to conversation more than the long single-sided table does. Another factor to keep in mind with the captain's table is its very large size; some venues might not have a suitable place in the room for one.
Probably the best place to put a small table is an entryway or foyer. Half moon tables in these locations provide the maximum amount of maneuverability while still providing significant space to put items on.
A half moon table is a table in the shape of half of a circle or oval. Essentially it is flat on one side (the side that is usually placed against a wall), and curved on the other. They resemble, not surprisingly, a half moon. A table if this type can be made of glass, wood or any other substance. They usually range in length from two to six feet and have a width roughly twenty five to forty percent of their length.
A flat surface is about the only standard requirement of a coffee table, everything else is negotiable. This means that you can custom design a table using any materials that you please. The only consideration that you should take into account is the issue of safety; glass should be tempered glass and sharp corners should be smoothed slightly to prevent accidents. Other than these considerations you have free rein.
A final head table idea is for the bride and groom to sit at a table with their parents, the maid of honor and best man, and the spouses or dates of the honor attendants. This can be an excellent idea for a couple who has a very small wedding party or an unmanageably large one (the rest of the bridal party would sit among the other guests). It is also a very nice way to honor the parents of the bride and groom. This can be a lovely head table, as long as the newlyweds do not have a complicated family situation (ie, hostile parents or step-parents).
Whichever way you go, choose the head table set up that works the best for your particular family situation and reception venue. Once you weigh all of your options, one style of seating is going to emerge as the most practical for your wedding. And then you can breathe a sigh of relief, as you cross "head table seating" off of your to-do list!