King’s Tables – An Alternative To Your Traditional Head Table

Calgary Wedding Bistro welcomes the latest trend at the wedding reception dinner – a King’s table. Long gone are the days of the traditional head table or the sweetheart table. Taking their place is the formal and elegant super-sized large rectangular or square table for the entire bridal party (including their significant others), parents of the couple, and whomever else the bride and groom want to include. Everyone sits face to face so it is has a more intimate feel and allows better conversation flow. A sprawling King’s table set in the middle of the room surrounded by the guest tables makes a statement and sets the stage for your wedding reception.

WEDDING PLANNING TIP: In order to incorporate the gorgeous centerpieces that most of us know and love in the photos, you need a bit more extra width than a regular 8′ banquet table gives us. You are best to pair the table with a second banquet table or a similarly sized “classroom” table. Check with your venue on what they have available.

Remember as well, that you aren’t limited to only your head table. King’s tables could be used for your entire reception. Let’s take a look at some of these luxurious king’s tables. The flowers towering in rows look incredible and make an elegant statement. Wow!

Our first example is a bold, elegant and exceptional King’s table in vibrant purples and reds created by Kehoe Designs our of Chicago.

 

Wedding Design & Décor: Kehoe Designs; Venue: The Adler Planetarium, Chicago; Planning: Big City Bride

Wedding Design & Décor: Kehoe Designs; Venue: The Adler Planetarium, Chicago; Planning: Big City Bride

 

While the centerpieces don’t always have to be towering, King’s tables do look a little better when the centerpieces are full and inviting. Here is an elegant king’s tables in gold with accents of blush and green from our own Julianne Young Weddings. (Photo courtesy of Loree Photography)

 

Event Planning & Design: Julianne Young Weddings; Venue: Silvertip Resort (Canmore); Photographer: Loree Photography; Linens: Celebration Creation Linen Rentals; Lighting: Stardust Event; Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio

Event Planning & Design: Julianne Young Weddings; Venue: Silvertip Resort (Canmore); Photographer: Loree Photography; Linens: Celebration Creation Linen Rentals; Lighting: Stardust Event; Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio

 

A beautiful table design by Sasha Souza Events of a line of eight-foot King’s tables dressed in shades of blue with striking high and low centerpieces of tulips, hdyrangeas and calla lilies. (Photo courtesy of Sherman Chu Photography as seen in Bridal Guide)

 

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Design by Sasha Souza Events; Photo by Sherman Chu Photography

 

This King’s table was designed for the bride and groom, their wedding party and significant others, and their closest family (parents and grandparents), leaving the rest of the wedding guests sitting at rounds throughout the venue space. it created a magnificent focal point in the room. (Photo courtesy of Hanafoto)

 

Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs - Mt. Stephen Hall; Florals: The Nosegay; Linen Rentals: Great Events Group; Chair Rentals: Special Event Rentals Banff; Day Of Coordination: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor and Lynn Fletcher Weddings; Photographer: Hanafoto

Venue: Fairmont Banff Springs – Mt. Stephen Hall; Linen Rentals: Great Events Group; Chair Rentals: Special Event Rentals Banff; Day Of Coordination: Creative Weddings Planning & Décor and Lynn Fletcher Weddings; Photographer: Hanafoto

 

Master floral designer Karen Tran has used the King’s table for a number of years for her romantic, elegant and intimate receptions. Add some sumptuous flowers at different levels and what an experience your guests will have when eating at a table like this! (Photo courtesy of Darin Fong Photography)

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Event Designer and Florals: Karen Tran Florals; Photographer: Darin Fong; Venue: Hotel Del Coronado – Grand Ballroom (San Diego)

 

WEDDING PLANNING TIP: While we encourage you to use a combination of tall and low centerpieces to create a more dramatic impact, ensure that the actual focal point of your tall centerpieces is “above” the main sightline so not to impede the view of your guests.

Whether used alone as a head table, or as a main part of your reception seating for guests, King’s tables provide a wonderful alternative to the traditional round tables we’ve seen for years. Experiment and have some fun!

 

 

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