Post # 1
Just wondering… How do most people lay out rectangular tables when using them instead of rounds? I love the look and cozy feeling of rectangular tables, but I don’t want our reception (which is likely going to be in a long, fairly thin hall that used to be a train station) to look as though it’s laid out cafeteria-style.
Any suggestions for cool and creative ways to lay out a reception with long, rectangular tables?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
My venue actually offers both rounds and rectangles. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but now I’m really excited at the idea.
I am doing different flower centerpieces. Some will have high, tall round centerpieces. And some will have low long centerpieces. I’m also angling the tables throughout the venue, so that you don’t walk in and see rows of tables. Picture the dance floor as a square in the middle of the room. My rectangle tables will sit off the dance floor at a 45 degree angle to mix things up a bit. And then further back they will be perpendicular and parallel to the dance floor.
Post # 4
Thanks, BeachBride!! That sounds really cool!
Post # 5
Hmm…I don’t know how much room this would take up, but you could consider doing the rectangle tables in the form of an X in the center and then surround with the square tables. Obviously it wouldn’t have to be this big or grand, but it would be something different.
Post # 6
That’s a cool idea, Laura! Thanks!
Post # 8
I am looking at a hall that has rectangle tables too. If we go with this hall I plan on scooting 2 rectangle tables together to make a large square table, and then distributing them around the room as you would with circle tables.
Though I have to admit I really love the pic that Laura27 posted. That’s a really cool idea. Also, I recently went to a wedding where they took the rectangel tables and made a giant square with space in the center.
Post # 9
I have a long narrow space too, and I’m thinking of setting the tables up in 3 "lanes" running the length of the space, as follows:
Column/Lane A: 2 sets of 2 8′ rectangular tables end-to-end with space in the middle
Column/Lane B: 1 set of 3 8′ rectangular tables end-to-end, centered between the two outside columns
Column/Lane C: same as column A
Buffet at the rear end, band/dance floor at the front end. Also some cocktail tables around the dance floor. I was also afraid of the cafeteria-style feel, but breaking up the end-to-end tables on either side of the room helps! Try floorplanner.com to play with your layout for free. It also facilitates more flow since it doesn’t break up the room and force folks to walk all the way around long lanes of tables.
Post # 10
Can anyone send BeachBrideT‘s layout pictures? I cannot open them. Maybe too much time has passed? Are others able to open them?