When it comes time to start planning the look of your wedding reception, your first thought will likely be centerpieces and linens for guest tables. However, you'll also need to consider the look of your own table! Though many couples take the traditional path to sit with family, the wedding party, or friends at a long head table throughout the reception, other brides and grooms of late have chosen to sit at a sweetheart table for just the two of them.
To make your sweetheart table stand out – and place you both as the focal point of the reception – there are a variety of romantic design elements you can consider. In lieu of using the same chairs placed at guest tables, sit together on an antique love seat, a tufted settee, or throne-like chairs. Decorate the table with personalized elements that are special to you as a couple, or choose a glamorous floral arrangement that sets your tablescape apart from those at guest tables. For a true wow factor, suspend a chandelier above the sweetheart table or place the table beneath a beautifully draped arch or canopy.
For additional ideas, take a look at the romantic examples of sweetheart tables below. Be sure to click on the photos for more inspiration from these real wedding events!
Whether the rest of your décor is colorful or muted, use your sweetheart table as a chance to create a focal point of bright hues. Decorate the top of the table and the base with lush greenery, vibrant blossoms, and lanterns for a romantic, relaxed feel. Photo by Jodee Debes Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events
Use the architectural details of your venue to your advantage! Place your sweetheart table in front of a statement fireplace and further accentuate the area with lush florals, greenery, candlelight, suspended floral chandeliers, and opulent light fixtures. Photo by AndySeo Studio
To make a true statement, place your sweetheart table on a raised stage and cover it with hundreds of florals so it feels as though you and your beloved are dining in an opulent garden. Photo by Rene Zadori Photography; Floral & Event Design by Eddie Zaratsian Lifestyle and Design
Combine a rustic and vintage aesthetic by incorporating crystal details and floral-embellished branches into décor. Suspend a chandelier above the sweetheart table to ensure all attendees know where to find the couple of the hour! Photo by Images by Berit, Inc.
Even with minimal décor, a sweetheart table can look absolutely romantic when positioned in a grand location – like this raised stage! Photo by Steve Torres Photography; Linens by Luxe Linen; Venue: Vibiana
If you and your beloved choose to sit on the same plush seat, consider adding throw pillows to decorate the extra space. And if you really want to embellish the golden table, wear gilded crowns to become a part of the décor. Photo by Kimberly Jarman Photography
This romantic sweetheart table featured an array of personalized details – like calligraphy on plates – and elements that showed off the couple's personality – such as skull décor – while still remaining elegant! Photo by The Day by Ira Lippke
Create a garden-esque design for indoor nuptials by adorning your sweetheart table with fresh flowers that fall gracefully to a petal-covered floor. Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography
Keep the floral arrangement at your sweetheart table low to ensure you can see your guests throughout the reception. Adding flower petals around clusters of candles is another way to add a romantic element to your table. Photo by Lin & Jirsa Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden
If the rest of your guests will be sitting at tables with sleek linens, consider highlighting the sweetheart table by adding a textured tablecloth that blends seamlessly with lush hydrangeas, roses, and greenery. Photo by Caroline Tran
The romantic sweetheart table at Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover's wedding featured a mirror top, crystal candelabra, and an arrangement of roses and orchids in white and pink hues. Photo by Jeff Tisman Photography