The Top Table at Your Wedding: Who Sits Where?

Where to Seat Parents and Wedding Party at the Top Table

Wedding table plans are also known as seating plans often consisting of a top table and a number of other circular tables containing usually 8-10 guests on each. One of the most important aspects of wedding planning is deciding who will sit where. This can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to the top table. Who should sit next to whom? What is the best way to seat parents and the wedding party?

Navy and Gold wedding table seating plan

The traditional layout for a top table is as follows: maid of honor, groom’s father, bride’s mother, groom, bride, bride’s father, groom’s mother, best man. However, this is not set in stone. There are many alternative layouts that you can use, depending on your specific situation.

The Sweetheart Table Layout

Some couples prefer to have a more intimate top table, just for the two of them. This can be a good solution if parents have split up and are possibly with new partners. In many cases, it is helpful to abandon the restrictions which tend to come with traditional top table plans.

The Family Table Layout
Another option is to have a family table layout. This has the bride and groom sitting at a table with their parents and siblings. This is a good option if you want your close family members to be seated together.

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The Friends Table Layout
If you’d prefer to sit with your friends rather than with family, you can opt for a friends table layout. This has the bride and groom sitting at a table with their closest friends. This can be a good solution if you have a large wedding party and you want everyone to be able to sit together. It can also be a good way to include friends who are like family to you.

There is no one right answer when it comes to deciding who should sit at the top table at your wedding. The most important thing is that you choose a layout that works for you and your specific situation. If you have any questions or concerns about seating arrangements, don’t hesitate to ask your wedding planner, venue manager or wedding stationer for help. They will be more than happy to assist you in making sure that your wedding day is perfect in every way.