You've spent an AGE chosing your dress and flowers, arranging the tables, deciding where to put your guests, who to sit next to who...... what table arrangements you want..... but the chances are you've totally neglected the most important table of the day...THE TOP TABLE.
We've put together a little guide for you with common questions, to make your life a little easier.
WHO SITS ON THE TOP TABLE?
- Who ever you want! Forget the stuffy etiquette regime which existed in 1800, we're in 2011 now, and you have those who are special to you on the top table.
- BRIDESMAIDS? They don't HAVE to sit on the top table. Especially if they're married with family, chances are they will want to sit with their own ! TALK TO THEM and decide between you where they would /where you would like them to sit.
- PARENTS who are no longer couples.. HHmmmmm a difficult one. Again TALK TO EACH OTHER, we're sure that both sets of parents can be accommodated at different ends of a long top table. If they know how important it is to you, they'll put up with it, but chances are you havent TOLD them how important it is to you, so they won't know!
- BEST MAN and USHERS. If the best man is doing a speech its normal to seat him on the top table, but again we'd stress ITS UP TO YOU. We would see nothing unusual in a best man sitting with his family and getting up and standing near the Bride and Groom to do his worst on the speech!
BABIES. Even if its the Bride and Grooms baby, this needs careful management as an unruly baby at the top table can distract everyones eyes away from the happy couple. You may love them as much as the man you're marrying, but take an hour off being a parent to be the Bride! Know your kids, and only seat them on the top table if they're angels :-) If you DO have to seat them on the top table, we can hire you a chair cover to ensure it
doesnt spoil your immaculate look!
Recently we saw a Top table where the Bride and Groom had decided to seat people each side of the table, so they had room for all the Bridesmaids/family etc. We were very surprised how well this worked!
What table decorations should we have on the top table?
Whatever you want! As a general rule, avoid any table arrangements which are tall being placed in front of the BRIDE AND GROOM, that is if you want to be able to see your guests. A "LONG AND LOW" arrangement is the traditional floral decor, it can take many many forms - all of which should be fashioned by YOU. Don't let your florist push you into a decoration you dont like or don't want. Insist on your choice. Even if its not "normal" - you deserve exactly what you want on the most important day of your life.... so far!
Below are a few examples of top table arrangements we've provided in the last 12 months. Whilst they may not all be to your taste, they are INDIVIDUAL and crafted to the requests of the brides.
What about top table runners or swag to decorate the front of the table?
We can supply photos of MANY venues we've decorated to give you inspiration but at the end of the day this must be YOUR decision........ its YOUR wedding and you should chose whichever you like best. Chose from * Top table runners * Top table swags and bows * Top table long and low arrangements * Top table candles * Top table scattered petals * Top table Swarovski crystals * Top table tealights * Top table floral arrangements * Fairylight backdrops for your top table. Seen something else you like but it isn't listed? Email a picture for a quick quote (include your wedding date and venue please)
How much will top table decór cost from wedding wow?
Less than you'd think!
Firstly if you're having a civil ceremony we recommend you re-use a table tray, by placing it on the signing table and then moving to the top table.
A "long and low" arrangement matched to other flowers you're using usually costs
Top table swag costs from £15
Top table runners from £7.50
Tealights, £2.95 for 3 including glass holder, fragrances tealights and setup. (allow 1.2 per guest sitting at top table) Combine with fresh petals for a very pretty look along the edge of your table.
(Above, one of our many gorgeous Bride and Grooms with their top table arrangment on the signing table, with matching pedestal arrangment behind)
No idea what we're talking about? A picture speaks a thousand words!
Below, fresh ivy and fresh flowers formed a stunning and very different talking point for a recent wedding at the St Mellons Hotel Cardiff.
Below, taffeta top table swags available in many colours.
TOP TABLE FLOWERS
Long and low arrangments (also known as tray or spray arrangements)
Above, complete floral edge of fresh flowers to match your colour theme. Prices from £99 depending on length required, season, and flowers to be included.