What to Consider for a Top Table for Your Wedding Night

By Ross | 1 Entertainment on Jun 27 2022

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The long table at the front of the room, known as the top table, is a common feature in most weddings, where the bride and groom sit surrounded by close family members and friends. As the first table that guests see when they enter the room, it should be the most eye-catching and carefully chosen to suit the wedding theme and the couple's preferences.

Choosing the right top table setting is an important task, as this will be quite a focal point for your guests. It's best for this to be the most elegant and beautiful of all tables at the venue, so try to choose the ideal one with a wedding planner. 

Plus, consider the following factors before selecting the right top table for your wedding night:

1) Shape

Top tables come in various shapes, with round and oval tables being the most popular. Combining these can also result in the formation of other forms, such as an octagonal or hexagonal table. Furthermore, if the shape of the reception hall allows it, the top table can be rectangular. Try to think of the seating arrangement to see what would be appropriate.

2) Length

The table length should be chosen to suit the number of people expected to attend your wedding and reception. Ideally, the top table should accommodate more people than the other tables so that the couple and their guests can spend quality time together with important guests. Just don’t forget to keep the size of the room in mind as well.

3) Fit in Venue

For the top table to fit in the venue, it should be chosen from a wide range of tables available in the market. Choose from round tables of different sizes, rectangular tables of varying lengths and shapes, octagonal tables and so on. There should be plenty of options to choose from. Measuring the inside of the venue can be beneficial too to pick out a reasonable table size.

4) Appearance

The appearance of the top table is of utmost importance as this is the first thing that your guests will see. Consider your wedding theme in choosing the colour and material of the table. You can also choose to have place cards on the table to fit in with your theme or choose to add ribbons, angel wings and other embellishments to the table to add an elegant touch.

5) Decor 

Choosing the decoration for the wedding reception can be a challenge for those who have never done it before. The table decoration can be used to complement the wedding and to add a personal touch to the top table. A clean and simple look is usually suitable for a formal wedding. Nevertheless, with the advice of a professional wedding planner, this task can be a lot simpler. 


Planning your wedding takes a lot of work, so it is very important to ensure that every aspect of your wedding is perfect. The right wedding reception tableware can be the deciding factor for a beautiful wedding reception that's set apart from the rest.

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