• Vicki Squirrell - Wedding Planner


There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the top table just traditions and who says you need to stick to tradition.

UK tradition says the maid of honor (Chief Bridesmaid), the father of the groom, the mother of the bride, the groom and the bride, the father of the bride, the mother of the groom and the best man – usually in that order.

But the modern world and family also says you may have to factor in children, divorced parents & new partners. Some layouts can be particularly useful when parents have split up and are possibly with a new partner. In many cases it is helpful to abandon the restrictions which tend to come with top table plans. Perhaps a romantic'sweetheart' table for two, or even sitting with friends, rather than family might be a solution, if you have children how about a top table with just you and your children? After all, it's your wedding!

  • A 'sweetheart table' gives the two of you some precious time together while you eat.

  • Or why not have no top table at all! Leave a couple of extra chairs at various tables around the room and sit with different guests for different courses.

  • You could, perhaps just have a top table consisting of yourselves and the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid.

  • If you already have children, why not have them with you on the top table keeping it simple then you don't upset anyone.

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