Wedding Reception Etiquette: Seating at the Bridal Party Head Table?

Q:

Who should I seat next to whom at the bridal party head table? Is it boy/girl, or all the bridesmaids on one side and all the groomsmen on the other? Do I include the flower girl and ring bearer?

A:

Traditionally, the bridal party head table is seated boy/girl, starting with the best man next to the bride and the maid of honor next to the groom. But you don't have to do it that way -- you could seat women on the bride's side and men on the groom's, or let everyone sit where they want. Unless their parents are in the wedding party, young children in the wedding usually sit with their parents at another reception table (young being the operative word).

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