As soon as you come back up the aisle as newlyweds, you're likely going to be swarmed by wedding guests hoping to give you their congratulations. And why not? You're married! But all that attention can get a little overwhelming, especially when you think about the hours of celebration ahead of you. Enter the sweetheart table.
What Is a Sweetheart Table?
A sweetheart table is a small table at the wedding reception designated solely for the newlywed couple. Sweetheart tables offer a bit of intimacy for the couple during the seated dinner.
Having a sweetheart table is a great way to accent the rest of your wedding decor and elevate your reception for a fraction of the price. You can splurge on those extra-special rentals for your sweetheart table that you really couldn't justify for over 100 guests. After all, it's your day, and you don't have to share with anyone else.
Ahead, we've rounded up 25 of our favorite sweetheart tables to inspire you.
Palm Springs Glitz
Palm Springs glamour is on full display with this stylish space. The barely there wood-top sweetheart table sits in a place of prominence on an over-water bridge, highlighting the Slim Aarons-esque pool. A sprawling centerpiece of greenery, white anemones and roses, and metallic vases of gilded palm leaves amp up the considerable glitz for a megawatt display.
This sweetheart table is positively bursting with life. The vibrant table for two serves as the vehicle for a full sensory experience with a sandy floor and fragrant chandelier of palm fronds, tropical foliage, and white and pink anthuriums. A juicy table runner of pineapples, papayas, palm fronds, anthuriums, and local flora stretches out before the rattan loveseat.
A Living Backdrop
Paired-back formal meets rustic sweetness in this barn wedding. The simple wooden sweetheart table and robust chairs are delicately adorned with a swag of crimson and blush roses and greenery, crystal glassware, and unexpected blue taper candles. The true focal point, however, is that living wall of greenery and blooms serving as a backdrop.
A Dreamy Desertscape
Soft pink and neutral earth tones in sumptuous, velvety textures create this magical reception evocative of all the serenity of the desert that stretches out just beyond. The somewhat minimal design packs a punch with clouds of pampas grass hanging from the soaring ceiling and dreamy white tapestries dancing in the breeze. The sweetheart table sits at the head of the festivities, adorned with architectural arrangements of natural grasses, matte gold flatware, wispy candles, and stoney chargers.
A Scenic Outlook
Dinner with a view takes on a whole new meaning with this romantic setup for two. The ultra-intimate sweetheart table sits perched atop a cliff overlooking the sprawling vista blanketed at its feet. Ghost chairs seamlessly blend into the panorama as bronze candlesticks and a vibrant centerpiece and garland of greenery and blooms frame the meal. Candlelit kisses and whispers of sweet nothings to follow.
An Autumnal Arch
This ravishingly romantic color palette of fall reds, deep peaches, and dark greens is further elevated by the stark white linens and contrasting black chairs. Crested waves of garden roses, reddened foliage, chocolate cosmos, and dried lunaria create the most magical autumnal garden growing around the sweetheart table. White pillar candles, gold-rimmed crystal glassware, and gilded flatware warm up the scene.
This tropical garden party takes on an unexpected, minimalist disco theme. The contemporary wood sweetheart table is anchored by the striking chairs and sweetly decorated with bud vases of single rose and ranunculus blooms. Miniature disco balls hang from the trees, glittering from the light of the custom neon sign and scattered votive candles.
Working with a venue as striking as these 18th century ruins can pose a challenge. With swaths of soft white drapery and glittering string lights, the space is transformed into an ethereal secret escape. The understated sweetheart table of white linens and chairs is accented with fluffy white blooms, creamy pillar candles, and pops of deep greenery for depth.
Sweet doesn't begin to describe this homegrown sweetheart setup. A distressed window frame swathed in delicate lace creates a heartwarming vintage backdrop. Birch-inspired candles provide a warm glow while the "Mr. & Mrs." pennant banner leaves no question of who the couple of the night is.
Enchanted Garden Vibes
This may just be the most enchanting sweetheart table we've ever seen. Surrounded by a lush base of overgrown garden roses, stipa grass, dahlias, peonies, eucalyptus, and lisianthus, the circular table takes on the illusion of magically sprouting from the garden itself. The pastel peach-and-blush-toned florals are complemented by a matching centerpiece, mint green linens, and rose-colored glassware. Oh, and the most delicious challah bread we've ever laid eyes on.
Nestled between shady oak groves, this sunny reception style is the epitome of laid-back California cool. The bare, rectangular sweetheart table is softened by the pale linen runner and matching napkins, complementing the blue marbled plates that the bride created herself. Antique brass candle holders and a centerpiece of hydrangeas, delphinium, pink peonies, wildflowers, and foraged greens complete the eclectic aesthetic.
Modern elegance is the name of the game here. Pool-side dining is bathed in the timeless allure of bistro lights, vintage crystal coupes, sandy linens, rose-gold flatware, and concise floral arrangements. This stylish couple draped the backs of their chairs with matching jackets, upping the cool-factor of their sweetheart table.
A Bevy of Bougainvillea
Hello, tropical glam! This verdant reception is as vibrant as they come. From the lush tropical foliage to the most incredible, overflowing floral runners of bougainvillea and roses in red, burgundy, fuchsia, blush, and orange tones, the sight is a vivid one for sure. We love that the pale wooden sweetheart table and ghost chairs take a back seat to the sprawling floral garland cascading over it.
Keep things romantically rustic by going bare with your tabletop and repurposing the bridal bouquet into a centerpiece. This stunningly distressed table serves as the perfect foundation for the mismatched mix of bronze bud vases and candleholders. Plus, we spy some adorable floral chair decor tied to the backs with pink ribbon.
A Case for Chinoiserie
Abundant florals are definitely to be expected when the bride calls for a chinoiserie theme. This glass-topped sweetheart table overlooks the chinoiserie-painted dance floor and boasts a tablescape to match. An overflowing centerpiece of pastel-hued garden roses, hydrangea, dahlias, sweet pea, peonies, pepper berry, and greenery certainly does not disappoint. Pale pink linens, blush-hued glassware, scalloped china, and gilded candlesticks complete the scene.
A Textural Take
This bohemian-meets-minimalist sweetheart table takes a maximalist approach to textiles. With rugged leather, smooth wood, fringy vines, fuzzy sheep skins, and terra cotta accents, there's no scarcity of textural elements here. The fun, curated design is completed with earthy sprawling greenery and eucalyptus.
In full reverence of nature and all of its openness, this enchanting sweetheart table is almost one with the forest floor. The custom love seat is woven from branches and vines, creating a magical throne for the newlyweds. Amber goblets and vibrant arrangements of eucalyptus, ranunculus, roses, and dahlias punctuate the verdant terrain. A claddagh sign hangs at the front, symbolizing loyalty, love, and friendship, as well as the groom's Irish heritage.
This sweetheart table shows that industrial minimalism needn't be cold. Copper chairs and tabletop accents bring warmth to the white-washed brick and a satiny metallic texture that provides visual depth. The showstopping swath of greenery freshens up the look with a deft dose of the au naturel.
Lush overflowing florals are the star of the show here. The sweetheart table is completely engulfed in the softness of creamy hydrangeas, dusty-hued roses, and trailing greenery. A circular installation trimmed with matching blooms creates a geometric backdrop and serves as a decadent frame for both the newlyweds and the frosty, verdant vista just beyond the clear tent.
Now this is how you take full advantage of soaring ceilings. This Brooklyn loft wedding nails the bride's romantic-meets-industrial vision with a 40-foot canopy of wild-looking vines. The untamed greenery installation whimsically highlights the beamed ceilings before stylishly floating around the unobtrusive sweetheart table adorned with a matching greenery garland and salmon and peach orchids.
We've seen floral-adorned sweetheart tables aplenty, but how about one bearing a bevy of balloons? This cascading balloon garland is a whimsical dream come true, boasting a blend of sophisticated muted tones that make the theme much more akin to an adult celebration rather than a child's birthday party. Hints of eucalyptus woven throughout add a little something extra and beautifully complement the texture of the metallic chairs.
Natural simplicity breathes an air of ethereal romance to this darling sweetheart table. The bare wood table and chairs are largely left to stand on their own with just a few textural accoutrements—a wispy runner, brass candle holders, and errant stems strategically placed throughout. Two bundles of eucalyptus hang from the backs of each chair, complementing the chandelier of suspended eucalyptus above.
You can never go wrong with quintessential bridal white for a wedding theme. Timeless and understatedly elegant, the white-on-white linens and gathered drapery punctuated by the drama of the dark chairs has a decidedly old-world grandeur to it. The sweetheart table, twinning with the rest of the rentals, is set apart with a plethora of floating candles and boughs of delicate baby's breath adorning the chair backs.
Cottagecore-chic has made quite the foray into the wedding sphere, and we're not complaining one bit. This sweetheart table of dreams is right out of grandma's house with floral-printed cushions that rival the cream-and-blush flower arrangements that sit atop it. An antique candelabra, pillar candles, mismatched glassware, and pale blue tablecloth create the perfect place for two before the swoon-worthy pastoral panorama.
If fully committing to sitting on the island of love that is a sweetheart table doesn't completely feel right, this setup illustrates a midway option that ticks all the boxes. The head table arrangement puts all of your nearest and dearest within arms length but with space left in front for unobstructed views of the dance floor and a bit of reprieve from facing guests. Here, rattan statement chairs highlight the couple of the evening and stunningly complement the palm-and-bamboo-accented, chic island vibe.