While you may get to choose the tables, the size and shape of your venue often decides for you. Some tables may allow you to use the entire space more efficiently than others. Try to stay away from using tables that seat more than 12 guests so you don’t lose that feeling of intimacy. If space isn’t an issue, you can consider combining rectangular tables with round ones for variety and interest.
Advantages: Having long tables at your reception is a great way to add some edge and modernity to your nuptials. Instead of using a single centerpiece like you would for a round table, these longer tables require a different approach, with many centerpieces lining the surface. Try incorporating blooms of varying heights to add appeal.
Another advantage to these tables is that they’re practical. Your guests will be able to converse with those seated directly in front of them as well as those next to them.
Disadvantages: While guests can talk to those in front of them, they won’t be able to converse with people at the opposite ends of the table. If you opt for banquet-style tables, which are extra-long rectangles, it can be troublesome for guests sitting in the center of the tables – they will have to walk around the whole thing to get to the dance floor or bathroom.
Advantages: Round tables are a very traditional choice for couples and offers a timeless, vintage feel. Unlike longer, rectangular shaped tables, round tables allow guests to easily have cross-table chats with other guests, as well as those sitting directly next to them. It’s also easy to find round tablecloths in many sizes and colors, making it easy to personalize your linens.
Disadvantages: If you have a smaller venue, round tables may not be your best option. It’s harder to fit more round-sized tables because they don’t sit together neatly or in a straight line into edged walls and corners. If you’re short on space, but still want round tables, consider oval ones, which have a traditional feel but fit more comfortably into a small room.
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