Top table – finding the right option for your wedding day

July 15, 2021

Horwood House Ambience Venue Styling Milton Keynes

Top table – finding the right option for your wedding day


Who traditionally sits at the top table? How many people usually sit at the top table? Do we have to have a top table? What options do we have for our top table? – Would you be shocked to hear that these questions come up in nearly every single consultation we have with couples that are planning their wedding? In fact for many couples, deciding on who will sit at the top table can sometimes be the cause of anxiety for many. The fear of offending family and friends or managing the challenges of parents that may of perhaps separated can be a worry. For some it’s more a question of not wanting to take centre stage on a top table or considering options that will offer the most sociable layout.
Today we are talking top tables and how to find a table solution to complement diverse family dynamics. Kerry, our talented stylist for Ambience Venue Styling Milton Keynes, collaborated with a creative team of wedding industry suppliers to showcase some fabulous top table alternatives at the newly refurbished Horwood House.

Traditional Top Table Ambience Venue Styling Milton Keynes

The ‘traditional’ long top table


This usually seats eight – consisting of the newlyweds, both sets of parents, Best man and Maid of Honour.

A creative tablescape design consisting of varying heights of candlelight and florals extending the length of your top table, is a super effective way of delivering high impact styling! Searching for a more traditional look? A centralised floral arrangement (often known as a long and low) could then be accompanied with simple low level candlelight.

Although we love a bit of tradition at Ambience Venue Styling UK, tradition may not always be suitable for your family numbers or you might actually be opting for a more informal wedding.


Oval Top Table Ambience Venue Styling Milton Keynes

A few tips to consider


    • If you have a long room, we recommend you have the top table central to the room, width wise, as opposed to at one end, as your guests will be too far away from you.
    • Where possible, always have windows or a feature behind you, it frames you in your photos.
    • Don’t worry about having parents sitting on the opposite ends of the table, sit them together with you if it makes them feel more comfortable. ( You make the rules).
    • Ensure your candles and flowers and not too high in front of you, keep height for the far ends. The photographer and your guests need a good view of you – it is your wedding day after all!


Round Top Table Ambience Venue Styling Milton Keynes

The round top table


A round top table can accommodate eight to ten guests. This has a much more inclusive feel and can be positioned more centrally in the room. This is a lovely idea for couples who don’t want to be ‘up front’ all the time. A mixture of floral arrangements and candles are a great talking point when you are seated and add to the softness of the round table. Alternatively depending on how the rest of your tables are laid out around your top table, you could consider a statement centrepiece to bring a focal point to the room and make your top table stand out from the other round guest tables like this beautiful tall floral arrangement.

Table Centrepiece Ambience Venue Styling Milton Keynes

The oval top table


Do you have an extended family and 10 guests just doesn’t work? Never fear, the oval top table could be a perfect solution for you. All inclusive for conversation and can seat up to sixteen guests. The Bride and Groom sit side by side in the middle of the table or at one of the ends of the table. We really love the oval style for table arrangements. Rolling low level florals interspersed with an eclectic mix of candlelight such as these taper candles, offers a sociable and romantic combination that delivers every time!

Oval Top Table Reception Ambience Venue Styling Milton Keynes
Sweetheart Table Ambience Venue Styling Milton Keynes

The sweetheart table


Still stuck for a solution? The sweetheart table could be just the answer! Consider it your very own table for two! This then gives you an opportunity to visit your family tables in between courses and to return to each other whilst dining. Incorporating coloured table linen that compliments the rest of your styling is a great way to make your sweetheart table feel a little different to your traditional top table!


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Hair – @wedlockhair
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Stationery – @pinkpeonyweddings
Models – @ctw001 @artin_martin

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