Post # 1
I am having a table issue! My venue is not typically used for weddings (it is a theatre/play house), and thus doesn’t have enough tables for all the extra wedding stuff like catering, cake table, etc. There is enough space for 80 people to sit and eat dinner.
The event coordinator there told me that they will put two tables together to make a large square table that seats 8 people. This is fine with me, I’m not worried about the shape of the table.
But, the venue only has 20 tables, which make 10 big tables. That is IT. So, we need additional tables for the catering set up, the guestbook table, and the cake table.
We have a few option:
1) FI owns 3 rectangular folding tables, and he thinks he might be able to borrow a few more from his church.
2) Rent eight 70″ round tables.
3) Rent four 70″ round tables and have a mix of table shapes.
Renting wouldn’t be terrible – $11.50 per table, with a $125 delivery fee. FI forgot to clarify with the rental company who would be doing the set up and take down of the tables though.
Thoughts? I’ll add a poll.
Post # 3
I like the mix of table shapes idea! I’ve gotten so freaking tired of a billion round tables. I’m doing all rectangular tables because I’m so tired of round tables. (Sorry for my rant). I think that having a rental company on your payroll is a really, really good idea because what if 12 days before your wedding you realize you need another table for a “memory table” that you want to have? Well you can add it! If you can’t tell, I just did this 25 minutes ago, lol. So anyways, it’s good to have a rental company just in case something changes.
Post # 4
Before you make you decison, what is the availability of tablelcoths? Will you be supplying those? You will need huge tablecloths for the square tables -120″x156″ for linens that reach the floor,or have to overlap smaller cloths, or place a runner down the middle between two smaller cloths.
If the tablecloths are not an issue, I would use the tables they have, and have FI provide the rectangular tables for the cake, guestbook etc.
Why spend money that you don’t need to spend?
Post # 5
@julies1949: Ohhh linens. I didn’t even consider that. Our caterer said they’ll supply them.
You’re right though, unless they put the table cloths on each individual table and then push them together, the tables would need a massive tablecloth.
Post # 6
I like round tables. If you’re going to the trouble of renting, you might as well have all beautiful matching tables with linens that fit.
Post # 7
@Pinkmoon: We are leaning towards renting all 8 tables now. We will see what the final quote is tomorrow!
Post # 8
I went to a wedding with different table sizes and it was fine. It was easy to accomodate different sized groups, for instance, all 12 college friends could sit together, while a smaller family of 6 might have their own table. It looked great.
Post # 9
Anyone else have any thoughts on the table issue? I’m still undecided as to what is best.
Also, does anyone know what happens when a venue is closed on sunday, but the rental company picks things up the day after the event? Should I be there when they pick things up, in order to make sure everything is accounted for?
Post # 10
I’m going to close this thread, but just to update: we rented tables! Ended up working better from a linen point of view – our caterer has linens for round tables but not rectangular tables.