Choosing a seating arrangement for your big day that includes a head table puts you and your partner at the center of your reception space, creating a romantic and celebratory effect for the reception portion of your wedding. The head table creates a focal point, providing seating for your wedding party (or closest friends and family members), with the happy couple in the center of it all.
And if you’re planning a summer wedding, whether hosting an alfresco dinner or a tented celebration, there are so many options for dressing up your head table to make it pop even more. The décor for a summer head table can incorporate the same details you’re planning to include throughout your reception space such as linens, florals, and candles. But often, just the slightest difference in the setup will truly set your head table apart, making a stunning statement.
Below, find head table ideas to inspire for your summer wedding.
Dress Up With Draping
This outdoor space housed multiple round tables providing seating for guests, with a head table in the center. Flowy draping dressed up the space even further making a beautiful summer statement.
Play With Plenty of Pink
Bougainvillea is an incredible summer blossom with such a vibrant hue. We love the way this long head table incorporated this bloom in a variety of ways.
Make It Modern
Love a black-and-white color scheme? You can make it work for a summer wedding too! This black table popped within a reception space with round white tables. Greenery and fresh white flowers completed the look.
Decorate With Citrus
Nothing screams summertime like fresh citrus. Why not add it to your décor? This table was dressed up with white and orange-hued blooms, paired with pixie tangerines for a summer farmhouse vibe.
Create a Focal Point
Not all summer weddings will have a vibrant color palette! We love the way this reception setup embraces neutrals while creating a natural focal point for the head table. Talk about an incredible way to command attention!
A light, airy color palette is perfect for a summer wedding. But to make the head table stand out, consider adding large candelabras—at different heights—to your centerpiece setup.
Wow With a Summer Color Palette
Summer means stunning sunsets and plenty of time spent on the water. Create a head table that embraces the colors of the sun and ocean, even within an indoor space, by pairing navy-hued linen with plenty of colored vases and bright florals.
Add a Matching Floral Installation
This outdoor tented wedding embraced a simple color palette but amped up the textured elements. Consider hanging a floral installation above your head table that matches your floral centerpieces to bring the look together.
Use Terracotta Pots
Make it bold and vibrant! Consider using a unique vase option such as terracotta pots bursting with summer blooms for a stunning table display.
Line the Table With Candles
Channel dreamy summer nights and candlelit dinners with a simple touch! This head table was lined with a vibrant floral garland, along with tall candles down the length of the table.
Go for Pastels
A tented summer wedding creates the perfect opportunity to embrace a pastel color palette. This table incorporated light and airy details with summer blooms and pastel pink candlesticks.
Use Floral Arrangements on the Floor
Make it look like your florals are growing out of the ground! This summer wedding head table was dressed up with a runner of greenery, with a tall floral installation at its base.
Choose Colorful Candles
For many summer weddings, it's all about a vibrant color palette. While florals can certainly help to achieve that look, don't stop there! Add a variety of brightly colored candles to bring it all together.
Go for Greenery
Greenery is a beautiful addition to your summer wedding décor, no matter the season. We love the look of this hanging installation with pops of vibrant blooms, plus centerpieces to match.
Center With a Floral Arch
While the setup within your reception space certainly matters, so does making an entrance! For this wedding, the couple chose to center their head table with an incredible floral arch installation.
Tie in Tropical Plants
Tropical plants immediately evoke summer vibes! This reception table featured multiple types of floral arrangements, but it was the tall potted tropical plants that stole the show.
Summer is all about celebrating outside. Bring the great outdoors inside by using smaller tree limb centerpieces and a large tree installation over the head table for an incredible design.
Add Something Sparkly
This Spanish-inspired Santa Barbara wedding featured a stunning, vibrant color palette for summer. We love the way the head table was set apart with flowy draping and twinkling stars hanging above for a special touch.
Choose Different Colored Linens
Embrace plenty of color and texture while creating a beautiful tented space by setting the head table apart using a linen tablecloth of a different color from the other tables.
Play With Plenty of Texture
Not only does this summer head table feature layers of lovely linens, but it also incorporates a wide variety of florals for a beautifully abundant display full of texture.