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Wedding Date: August 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Bridal Beginning

Decision Time – Head Table or Sweetheart Table?

Posted on October 15, 2012 by  Miss Detailed Bride   //   2 Comments

Many couples have a difficult decision to make when it comes to their seating during the reception.  I’m not talking about the seating arrangements for guests, I mean deciding between sitting at a head table, or by yourselves at a sweetheart table.

Having one long head table is the more traditional option, and it allows you to sit with your bridal party throughout the dinner.  These are your closest friends, and a head table allows them to be front and center, displaying their important role in your big day.

A sweetheart table is another great option because many brides and grooms find it difficult to steal a minute alone on their special day when celebrating with hundreds of guests.  It’s also a great alternative for couples who don’t have room for a long table in their reception hall, or if the bride and groom would like the bridal party to sit with their significant others.

So what’s the best option?

I think I’ve found the perfect solution…both.  Our ballroom has a large stage that will comfortably hold a head table for the entire bridal party to sit together, and a lower level that will hold the cake table front and center below the bridal party.  Chris and I plan to sit at the head table during dinner, then once we cut the cake, the cake table will transform into a sweetheart table for us to use for the remainder of the evening.  Although this idea may not work for everyone, it’s perfect for our situation…we can enjoy dinner with our closest friends, and still have the intimate atmosphere of a sweetheart table.

What’s your opinion?  Do you prefer the personal sweetheart table or traditional head table?

Photo Credits:  HeadTable1; HeadTable2; HeadTable3; SweethearTable1; SweethearTable2; SweethearTable3


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Wedding Date: September 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Renee Strauss For The Platinum Bride

Sweethearts Table

Posted on July 4, 2012 by  Miss Fifties Bride   //   Comment

Photo Credit: theknot.com

I met with the owner of my venue today, to go over the table ideas. She was taken aback with my suggestion of having a sweethearts table instead of a traditional bridal party table. A Sweethearts Table is a table that is just made for the bride and groom to sit at during the reception. My reasoning behind this is simple, my bridal party is filled with people who have significant others. I have been to countless weddings and it feels a bit awkward sitting without your honey, or significant other.  I want my bridal party to feel completely comfortable at all times. You could maybe even make your Sweethearts Table look similar to the cake topper. I was searching the internet for cute ideas and i came across theknot.com , they had several cute ideas ; such as having “HIS & Hers” on the back of the bride and grooms chairs.They also had a section just on “Sweetheart table etiquette”. Who doesn’t want to feel like a King and Queen on their wedding day?

Photo Credit: theknot.com


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Wedding Date: August 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Bride-n-Belle Boutique

Head Table vs Sweetheart Table

Posted on June 17, 2012 by  Miss Elegant Bride   //   Comment

So my fiance and I immediately both agreed that we wanted to have a head table at our wedding.  I have always loved the look of a head table because it really puts the spotlight on the entire wedding party.  Lately though, I have been considering the idea of a sweetheart table.  I like this idea because it gives the bride and groom a chance to sit together (even just for a few moments) and take everything in as a couple.  However, the bigger reason for me is for the guests of my wedding party.  By doing a head table their guests would be seated at a separate table from them.  I don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable or separated from their dates.  Now I am so torn on what to do….

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Wedding Date: January 2012
Wedding Dress: Destinations by Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Diva Boutique

Decor – Putting all the ideas from my blog together!

Posted on March 31, 2012 by  Miss Ontario Bride   //   1 Comment

I thought it would be a fun idea to show you how we put all the decor ideas I blogged about for the last year into action on our wedding day.

Here is how the candlelight ceremony turned out. We bought the glass candle holders from IKEA.

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Here is the ring pillow we ordered from West Egg Studio on Etsy. It was a bit funny because Brody (who was my ring bearer and is my nephew and godson) carried the pillow so you couldn’t see the writing on it at all. Still, the pillows will still be a nice keep sake, we have the grey one on the bed in our guest room and let Brody keep the green one.

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Here is the family portrait we had made and framed to use as our alternative to the traditional Guest Book. The portrait was created by the same artist who does the avatar’s for It’s A Bride’s Life. Of course, my cartoon avatar is wearing a Mon Cheri Social Occasions dress (style # 111814). I actually bought that dress and wore it for my engagement photos and at my wedding rehearsal.

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We did have a traditional guest book as well. We bought this one from Bow Ring to match our toasting flutes which we forgot to get engraved before the wedding. Oh well, I guess we can always still engrave them when we have time. It’s one of those little details that can be overlooked.

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Here are the Ribbon Wands we ordered from Outside The Box Desserts‘ Etsy shop. We put a ribbon wand on each chair before the guests arrived along with my DIY programs.

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We had organza green chair sashes tied on each chair. We bought these from tableclothsfactory.com for less than we would have been able to rent them for! 

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We also used green organza table overlays also from tableclothsfactory.com to add a little pop of color to the tables since everything else on the table (the table cloths, the napkins and the dishes) was plain white. We definitely saved money buying them instead of renting them but keep in mind it’s quite a bit more since you’ll have to iron or steam all of the linens yourself (thanks Mom and Crystal).

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Table centerpieces were made by Flowers Just Because. And, of course, you can see my DIY table numbers I made as well.

Speaking of which, here are a few more shots of DIY table numbers. We made using the glass lanterns from IKEA and they worked out perfectly. They gave us the same look and feel as a luminary but without danger of having an open flame right next to paper.

Our “sweetheart table”. Aaron and I sat here and we just had our wedding party sit at regular tables along with their guests. This eliminated the need for the guests or “plus one’s” of our bridal party to have to sit with people they didn’t really know.

Our DIY guest favors – they were a huge hit. As a reminder, they were mojito glasses which we hand-etched with our crane logo and wrapped up with a muddler and instructions for making our signature drink “the winter mojito”.

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Here are the custom matches we had made for the cigar roller table, we bought them from Lil Missi‘s shop on Etsy.

The center picture is a close up of one of our guest’s tables at the wedding reception. You can see the signature drink (“the winter mojito”), our hand-made DIY menu, and our DIY music request cards in action.

And of course, we can’t forget about the cake and cake topper. Here is the cake – it was lactose and nut free and each layer was a different flavor (chocolate raspberry, lemon, apple cinnamon, and french vanilla).

The cake was made by Irresistible Cakes.

And our awesome cake topper (we got so many positive comments about our cake topper from our wedding guests). Thanks again to Keren Mudhai for her great work. Check out her shop on Etsy called Mud Cards.

The lighting was obviously a huge factor in the look and feel of the wedding ceremony and reception. The lighting was done by 5th Element Events who is the exclusive supplier for The Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar venue.

Reception from above…

Bar Area…

And the lounge area…

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All rentals were provided by Contemporary Furniture Rentals.

I think that’s everything decor related that wasn’t covered in the post about the origami cranes or at least I hope so!

What do you think? Was this what you were expecting based on all my blog posts?


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Wedding Date: March 2012
Wedding Dress: Sophia Tolli
Courtesy of: Facchianos Bridal and Formal Attire

Our Sweetheart Table In All Its Glory

Posted on October 24, 2011 by  Miss Traditional Bride   //   Comment

We have a great venue, and I can not wait to see all of our decorations in the space!  And our wedding coordinator is great about working with us.  For example, normally they set the buffet table in front of the brick wall by the kitchen.  You can see half of the area to the left of the picture below.

However, I thought this would be a better place for the sweetheart table because of the overhang.  Since most of the venue has super tall ceilings, the overhang will make it easier to add a backdrop around our sweetheart table.  Some time back I found grey and blue fabric in my colors in a discount fabric bin, and I bought ten yards of each color.  I finally decided what to do with the blue fabric.

I am going to hang a canopy with the blue fabric!  I found this picture on www.hgtv.com, so try to picture a table instead of a bed.  I hope it comes out as pretty as I imagine it.  And on either side of the canopy I will hang paper lanterns.

This picture was found on www.marthastewart.com.  I love these, because they will emulate the scallop pattern in our invitations.  Plus, they kind of remind me of fish scales.  I will have three different sizes hung in a staggering pattern with fishing line.  The bad thing is that the lanterns do not come in a kit.  Its  just paper lanterns covered with circle tissue paper.  The website explains that you can find precut circle tissue paper to save time.  Haven’t found any yet, so I might have to cut the tissue by hand.   Bummer!  I did find cheap white paper lanterns on www.lunabazaar.com though.


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