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Picks on Paper - Head Sweetheart Tables Wednesday, June 20, 2012 ~ 10:42 a.m.

Seating arrangements. It's not usually the funnest part of the wedding planning process, but it is certainly an important one! Before you get started on deciding on where everyone will sit, you'll need to figure out what kind of tables and how many tables you'll be needing at your wedding reception. Will you go with round tables, banquet style or do something totally different? Will you have a big head table where you, your husband and your wedding party sit or will you forgo one all together? Do you want to sit alone with your husband at a slightly more private sweetheart table, or sit with your closest friends and family? The answers to all of these questions are dependent on your personal preference, of course, and I also think the size of your wedding and how many guests you have can play into the decision making process. At my wedding, we only had 25 guests, so we chose one long table where everyone could sit together.

I could be wrong, but I think the reasoning behind choosing a more private sweetheart table for just the bride and groom is so the couple can make sure that they have those moments alone on their special day. In my opinion, this seating arrangement can be especially beneficial to couples hosting larger weddings - at the very least, you'll get to talk to one another privately while you're eating dinner, right?! If you happen to be contemplating a sweetheart table, it's a great opportunity to do something especially fun, unique and even lavish with your reception decor. You don't have to worry about replicating it ten more times, and it's usually one of the main focal points of the room. So by all means, go all out and have fun with it!

Because the head sweetheart table has so much potential for "greatness," I thought I'd help guide you through the process of styling yours! In my mind, there are atleast five ingredients to making a fabulous sweetheart table - the bride and groom chair decorations, fabulous toasting flutes, striking floral arrangements, fun backdrops and hangings, and I'm sure you can guess the last one - SIGNS!

Picks on Paper - Head Sweetheart Tables for Bride and Groom

Bride and groom chairs
Bride and groom chair decor
Jose Villa Photography | The Nichols via SMP | Amy and Stuart Photography via SMP | Tiny Water Photography via SMP | Lisa Franchot Photography via SMP | Jamie Delaine Photography via Glamour and Grace | Justin Demutiis Photography via SMP | Linda Chaja Photography via SMP | Style Art Life via SMP | Jose Villa Photography via SMP | Vitalic Photo via The Wedding Chicks

Toasting flutes
Champagne toast
Alea Lovely via The Wedding Chicks | Scott Andrew Studio via SMP | Stephanie Lairson Photography via SMP

Floral arrangements and centerpieces
Peach and orange floral centerpieces
Dove + Sparrow via SMP | Heather Waraska Photography via SMP | Troy Grover Photographers via SMP | Corbin Gurkin via SMP

Head table backdrops
Sweetheart table backdrops
Rowell Photo via SMP | Katelyn James Photography | Amanda Mckinnon Photography via GWS

Mr. and Mrs. signage
Bride and groom signs
Allie Lindsey Photography via SMP | Ivy Weddings via SMP | Emily G Photography via SMP | Mark Brooke Photographers via GWS | Joielala Photography via Ruffled | Priscilla Valentina via GWS | Stephen Devries Weddings via Southern Weddings

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