Post # 1
We are renting a 30 x 60 tent for our reception. I want to do rectsngular tables in long rows instead of round tables. I made this mock up on allseated.com Any feedback or suggestions are welcome.
The purple table is where me and my FI will sit. Grooms men and their dates will be at the blue tables and bridesmaids and their dates at the pink tables. The green tables are where the buffet will be set up, and the grey table is the music/DJ area with a small dancing area in front of it. We won’t be seating people on the ends of the tables like it shows, there just wasn’t an option to remove them. Does this seem like a feasible set up? I’m new to all of this!
Post # 3
And I repeat… anybody? lol
Post # 4
I think it looks like a good setup… my only thing is it seems that your bridal party table is quite far away from your guests. I am certainly no expert at this but perhaps you could put yourselves closer somehow?
Just my two cents 🙂
Post # 5
MissPhish: Is this drawing to scale?
Post # 6
julies1949: Yes. According to Allseated.com
Post # 7
I agree, it feels like your guests are too far away from you for sure. At a minimum I would re-arrange it so the head table is near middle of the right side of the room and so that they are close to the guest tables – everyone should be able to see you easily and the way it’s laid out feels very separated from the guests. I’d even suggest rearranging the entire thing (i.e. put the dance floor somewhere else). What about changing the orientation of the tables? Would that not work? Then you could put the dance floor in the middle, with tables on either sides, and the head table middle right? I haven’t sketched it up, but it’s just an idea for you.
Post # 8
If you have big booty people in your family like I do (I’m one of them), you need a lot more space between the tables. So that people can comfortably pass others with chairs pushed out.
Another thought, check with the tent company about the placement of the poles. That may put a hex on your design anyway.
I agree with a PP that you are too far away from the action. Personally I’d run the wedding party along the length of the 60′ put the guests tables split between the dance floor and either have two buffet lines for each side or spread the buffets around the edges sorta like a tour of food (of course menu pending).
Another thought, are you having a cake table? Gift table? Space should be provided for them too. One more thing, tent walls? Personally it’s better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them. That being said sometimes they can turn your tent into a sauna after a freak rain storm.
Final thought you could run the wedding party along the 30′ side keep the dance floor in the center. Make a chevron “V” pattern with the remainder of the guest tables and at the center of the chevron put the wedding cake And buffet. That way, your guests are right in the middle.
Post # 9
gemchick82: No poles, because it’s going to be a frame tent.
I did a new one that gives way more room between the tables, because I agree you are right, there isn’t enough room.
I really like the head tables in the corner though, and I tried moving the guest tables closer but it looked funny. I’ll keep playing around with it.
Most of the weddings I’ve been to have had a pretty decent amount of space between the guests and the head table. I kind of like the idea of being up close to the dancing area, because it gives guests room to mingle and walk up to our tables, where that would be difficult if our tables were super close to theirs.
Good advice though. Thanks all of you!