Couples are guided most of the time by Venue Management and/or co-ordinaters on how to set up and decorate their Reception Venue.
However in 50% of cases the one major issue that is overlooked in the Bridal Table Placement.
Remembering this table is akin to a Stage in a Theatre. It is where everyone is going to be looking.
The biggest mistake couples & co-ordinaters make is placing the Bridal Table with Windows behind the table. Bad Idea for several reasons.
Firstly: The glare coming in from the windows has guests struggling to see the Bride & Groom. At times having to squint while looking into a backlight coming in from behind the couple that basically has the natural eye creating a silhouette effect. The natural eye is very similar to Auto Focus on a high end video camera. It will naturally focus onto the brightest light. This light will be behind the couple. (Bridal Table).
This leaves the eye struggling to attempt to focus on the Couple as the incoming light from behind is demanding the eye to concentrate on it. This hurts the eye to a point of having no choice but to create that silhouette effect.
Secondly: This sort of follows in from the first point. With the Bridal Table being the Stage. The guests should have the best view of that position. If you have ever been on stage, you will have noticed that you can barely see the audience due to light. This is delibrately done to provide the audience the best view of the performance. I am not meaning to have bright lighting shining into the eyes of those seated at the Bridal Table. But to try and give you an idea on how to utilise the available lighting to best suit all positions.
Thirdly: It is your wedding Day and you should have the best view. So placing your table facing the best view just makes more sense. Use a backdrp or a existing wall behind you to create a pleasing, eye catching stage with decorations that the guests can see. And have the Bridal Table facing out towards the window area so you get to see the view you have chosen for your wedding day. You need to remember, The guests have come to see YOU, not a nice scenery.
Fouthly: At weddings there is always Speeches. Having a speaker standing with a window glare behind them makes it very difficult for the guests to actually focus on the speaker themselves. Again the window glare demands the eyes first attention.
Please give some serious thought as to what I am trying to convey here. Set out your room that will best suit everyone.
Good Luck with all your planning. We trust your Wedding Day will be everything you have dreamed it would be.