28 Ideas for Sitting Pretty at Your Head Table
Sweetheart tables seat just the happy couple, while head tables seat the newlyweds and their VIPs. This may include the wedding party, family members, children of any parents included, and—if there's room—dates. While the specifics will differ based on your personal situation, one thing remains the same when it comes to sweetheart and head tables: If you choose to have special seating, you'll want the space to stand out.
To make their designated table a focal point, brides and grooms turn to different strategies based on their reception venue and the design of their event. Some choose to sit in unique chairs, some opt to give their table an incredible backdrop, and some decorate their furniture with flowers and other accents. Whether you want to spruce up your sweetheart or head table with centerpieces, overhead installments, pretty signage, or something else entirely, we're here to provide you with great inspiration. Couples have used everything from rugs and runners to candles and garlands to separate themselves from the rest of their guests, and we've got the photo evidence to prove it.
Ahead is a roundup of creative ideas for making your sweetheart or head table pop. There are décor options for every kind of wedding, including formal fêtes, casual celebrations, indoor affairs, and outdoor parties. We've found examples for bohemian, romantic, whimsical, and elegant weddings, among others. We've also included options in various color schemes, meaning there's truly something for everyone. Click through and get inspired before planning your own sweetheart or head table.
Romantic greenery fell from the ceiling behind this head table. The leaves were placed in front of a white curtain.
Chandeliers were hung above this head table for an elegant look.
Gorgeous, dreamy shapes were strung from the ceiling to mark the head table at this reception.
Pops of Color
Big blooms and a verdant garland sat atop a bright pink runner on this head table.
Mix unique lights for a stunning, glowing effect, as seen at this wedding.
This wedding was held in Hawaii, so leis on the bride and groom's chairs were fitting.
Newlyweds can sit comfortably on a sofa or loveseat, like this wedding's bride and groom chose to do.
Hanging Tea Lights
Unique glass orbs were hung above this head table. Each one held a tea light.
A Lush Garland
A cascading garland in classic colors makes for a gorgeous centerpiece on a head table.
At this wedding, string lights were hung vertically behind the head table.
Calligraphed wooden boards were placed on the backs of this couple's chairs, which were also decorated with leaves.
Flower boxes hung above this head table, giving it an enchanted, woodsy feel.
Towering structures held sprawling blooms in white, pink, and yellow on this flower-filled head table.
These new spouses sat on a special bench to face their guests from their sweetheart table.
A Unique Table
"In keeping with Japanese tradition, my family and friends made 1,000 origami cranes for good luck," this bride shared. "At my bachelorette party, each girl made a gold crane, so those ones represent my closest pals," she added. The decorations looked lovely behind the head table at her wedding.
Hanging installations weren't the only markers of this head table. The couple's initials looked over the seating from the reception venue's wall.
A Lace Runner
The head table at this wedding—a rustic, farmhouse piece—was topped with a delicate lace runner. The detail was a surprise gift for the bride.
Put your name on your special seating with customized wooden labels.
At this wedding, the bride and groom's chairs differed from the rest of the seats at the head table. The area was decorated with a fun tablecloth, a macramé runner, and a garland.
A Scroll Runner
A Floral Installation
Surround your head table with weighted balloons to make it stand out.
At this wedding, the newlyweds' chairs were decorated with gorgeous flowers. Bloom + Blueprint planned and provided the florals.
This adorable sweetheart table had the couple's initials placed at its base.
Vines trailed from above behind this wedding's head table. Blooms were also attached.