Expert Advice: The Pros and Cons of a Sweetheart Table, a Wedding Planner’s Perspective

Expert Advice: The Pros and Cons of a Sweetheart Table, a Wedding Planner's Perspective | Southern New England Weddings | Lisa Rigby Photography

For better or worse, the time comes in every engaged couple’s planning process when they must address table arrangements. And when this time comes, you have to be ready to answer one important question: is a sweetheart table the right option for you?

Expert Advice: The Pros and Cons of a Sweetheart Table, a Wedding Planner's Perspective | Southern New England Weddings | Lisa Rigby Photography

We turned to event planner extraordinaire Tasha Bracken of SD Events to help guide us through the benefits and drawbacks of cozying up to your betrothed at a table just for two. Here’s what she had to say:

The trend of a sweetheart table has grown over the years as the traditional head table has evolved and changed. Many now are opting for this due to family dynamics and other factors. That said, it is not for everyone and it’s important to consider all options and what works best for your situation.

A sweetheart table is the perfect option if:

You have family drama and it’s hard to decide where to sit.

You want time to just be together and watch the evening unfold.

You plan to walk around and say “hi” to guests – you won’t be seated very much and it won’t make your family bridal party feel like you aren’t at the table.

A sweetheart table is also an opportunity to do some fun, unique décor and create something different. It could be selecting a different linen, designing a separate centerpiece or bringing in a vintage wooden table that makes a statement. The options are unlimited!

If you don’t like being the center of attention, a sweetheart table may not be right. But that doesn’t mean the only option is to sit with family or your bridal party. Another idea is to sit with siblings or your maid of honor and best man (and their significant others, if appropriate).

The important thing is to do what works for you!

 

 Photo Credit: Lisa Rigby Photography

As a native of South Coast Mass., Jen knows southern New England well but is never surprised when she discovers a new favorite destination. An English major who has worked in publishing as an editor and freelance writer for over 15 years, she enjoys interviewing, writing and especially blogging for Southern New England Weddings (because weddings are endlessly pretty and inspiring!). She lives in Rochester, Mass., with her husband and two young daughters.

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