Romantic Sweetheart Table Ideas for Your Reception

After finalizing the guest list comes arranging the seating chart, which can be the hardest part of wedding planning. And as much as you love your friends and family, you’ll be talking to them all throughout the day, so some alone time with your new spouse is very appealing. If you’re going the sweetheart table route, deck it out with your own style.

  1. Love Seating

    Romantic Sweetheart Table Ideas for Your Reception
    Monique Hessler Photography

    Add a love seat instead of standard chairs. It’s totally unexpected and allows you to snuggle up with each other—in a chic, homey way. What more could you ask for? Go elegent with a tufted design or mid-centrury mod with something more minimalist and sleek.

    From the album: A Romantic Wedding at Noah’s Event Venue in Chandler, Arizona

  2. Mood Lighting

    Romantic Sweetheart Table Ideas for Your Reception
    Cakeknife Photography

    Every sweetheart table needs sparkle, and one way to add that is with marquee lights. Easy to buy or DIY, try an ampersand like this couple did or spell out words like “love” or “Mr. and Mrs.” for an instant old-Hollywood look.

    From the album: A Romantic, Winter Wedding at the Inn at Hudson Gardens in Denver, Colorado

  3. Add Texture

    Romantic Sweetheart Table Ideas for Your Reception
    Heather Waraksa

    Fur pelts (or faux fur) are a super-easy way to cozy up chairs, and add an extra layer of plush comfort. A bit of texture also makes for an interesting photo detail.

    From the album: An Elegant, Bohemian Wedding at a Private Residence in Greenwich, Connecticut

  4. Splurge on Linens

    Romantic Sweetheart Table Ideas for Your Reception
    IM Photo Studio

    Spoil yourselves with some really nice table linens. You don’t have to go all out and match the rest of your reception décor—the sweetheart table is meant to stand out. While you’re at it, set out a nice plate setting of china and a few candles for ambience.

    From the album: A Romantic Waterfront Wedding at Long Island Yacht Club in Babylon, New York

  5. Give Yourself a Backdrop

    Romantic Sweetheart Table Ideas for Your Reception

    For the couple who thrives in the limelight, why not go all out? Set up an all-eyes-on-you backdrop decorated with flowers (or paper blooms for a budget) and a custom monogram for all-out personalization.

    From the album: A Country Chic Wedding at Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas

  6. Go Crazy With Florals

    Romantic Sweetheart Table Ideas for Your Reception
    Onelove Photography

    Since sweetheart tables are so small, opt for a low garland instead of a tall centerpiece. It will keep the flow of the room more open and make the table more approachable. If that’s not enough blooms for you, cover the floor with petals for a whole new meaning of romance.

    From the album: A Romantic, Garden-Inspired Wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California

  7. Use the Environment

    Romantic Sweetheart Table Ideas for Your Reception
    NBarrett Photography

    Take advantage of the elements your venue has to offer and work them into your décor. A sweetheart table placed under a pergola or gazeebo is beyond charming and truly makes your meal feel like a mini getaway.

    From the album: A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding at Golden Homestead in Golden, Texas

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