Wedding Ideas for Decorating a Bride & Groom Sweetheart Table

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Wedding Ideas for Decorating a Bride & Groom Sweetheart Table
The sweetheart table should be distinct from other tables. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

A bride and groom's sweetheart table should be decorated in a way that is more ornate than the other wedding reception tables; after all, these are the guests of honour. A simple but elegant approach makes a bold statement and creates an intimate appearance for the newlyweds. Ideas for the sweetheart table's decor include floral bouquets and tea light candles.

Romantic Candlelight

Create an ambience of romance and elegance by lighting white candles and lining them on the table. Design the table with the same colour scheme as the other reception tables, but give an additional "wow" factor by emphasising every detail. For example, you may have two candles on all of the tables, but choose larger candles for your sweetheart table and place ornate stands under each. Soften the look of the table by creating a ruffled look with coloured tulle. Drape the tulle across the front of the table and use safety pins or double-sided tape to secure it.


Personalise your sweetheart table for the bride and groom by adding their initials, names or monograms to the table's design. Cover the couple's chairs with seat covers embroidered with their first names -- or "Mr. (Last Name)" on his chair and "Mrs. (Last Name)" on her chair -- and personalise the champagne flutes with the couple's initials.

Floral Arrangements

You may not have flowers at your reception tables, but incorporating an abundance of bouquets from the wedding ceremony is a way to separate the sweetheart table from the others. Collect the bridesmaids' bouquets after the ceremony, and rest each in a semicircle on the table. (The bride and groom typically sit on the same side of the round sweetheart table; don't place bouquets on this opposite half of the table, where the couple will eat). When designing the floral bouquets with your florist, ensure the bouquets are sturdy enough to make the transition from the ceremony to the reception.


Lightly sprinkling your sweetheart table with items is an inexpensive way to add flair. For fall weddings, spread autumn leaves across the table to maintain the season's theme. Other items for sprinkling include rose petals, confetti, glass cubes, glitter, seashells or rose buds. If you think the table needs something else, combine sprinklings with a centrepiece, tea light candles, linens and floral arrangements.

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