How to Design a Groom's Table for a Wedding

Make the groom feel special, too, with an area that's specially devoted to him

By Cynthia Myers

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While the bride gets most of the attention at the wedding, a groom's table focuses on the groom. Originally a place to put the groom's cake, the table often includes photos, memorabilia and other items related to the groom. The groom's cake was sliced into small pieces, wrapped and given to the wedding guests to take home. A young woman who slept with a piece of this cake under her pillow was said to dream of her future groom.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Choose a chocolate cake for the groom's cake, or ask the groom to pick his favorite flavor.
  • Compile pictures of the groom.
  • Decorate the table with items reflecting the groom's hobbies and interests.

Step 1:

Order a chocolate or other dark cake, such as spice or carrot, for the groom's cake. The idea is to serve a cake that contrasts sharply with the white, light wedding cake. A groom's cake can be any size or shape. You can choose a themed cake, such as one shaped like a football stadium or a race car, or decorate the cake in the groom's favorite sports team's logo.

Step 2:

Decorate the groom's table to complement the wedding decor, but also make it stand out. Choose a darker or more vibrant hue of the bridal colors for the tablecloth. If your wedding colors are pale blue and silver, use a darker blue cloth for the groom's table.

Step 3:

Add pictures of the groom to allow guests who may not know him well to see another side of him. Show him playing sports, involved in a hobby, with pets or interacting with family and friends.

Step 4:

Build on the theme by adding items that relate to the groom and his interests. Decorate with miniature sports cars on the table of a NASCAR fan, trail maps and camping gear for an avid outdoorsman, or a microscope and other equipment for a research scientist. Ask the groom to choose items that are meaningful to him.

Step 5:

Add other refreshments. You could have a chocolate-themed table with candy, chocolate-dripped pretzels and even a chocolate fountain. If your groom is a sports fan, serve popcorn, peanuts and other stadium food. If you're serving beer at your reception, place a keg by the groom's table.

Step 6:

Leave space on the table for plates, forks and napkins to serve the groom's cake and other refreshments. You might also include a supply of small boxes and a card explaining the tradition of taking the groom's cake home and using it to predict one's future groom.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Consider delegating the supplying and decorating of the groom's table to the groom or his groomsmen.
  • Order the groom's cake from the same bakery where you order the wedding cake; you'll often receive a discount on the groom's cake.

About the Author

Cynthia James is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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