Post # 1
Needing serious help! Here is the hall we are having our reception at. It’s a heritage building, very simple. We are having it very vintagey, rustic (think books, country stuff, etc).
The tables: Rubbermaid rectangle tables (ugly chairs). They are 2.5 ftx 5ft. So, I am thinking of making square tables by pushing two together…We have 44 tables to use total, and 100 guests. No wedding party but thinking we might have a wedding party tables of our siblings (say 10 people all together). We need a few for the entry way, one for bar table, etc. I guess I need to do some math!
But overall, what I need to figure out….top of the hall is this boring stage. We aren’t going ot be using it and it has no curtain. We have to specify a spot for dancing. I think perhaps have the room going landscape style…head tables near windows and dance floor in middle or off to side…this being because at the top there is the kitchen door beside the stage (to the right) and the washroom door to the left. How annoying would that be all night!
ETA that FI does not like that idea right now and thinks towards the stage is best…
Post # 3
Keep in mind that if you push two tables together into a square you lose half the seating-i.e no one is seated along the sides that are together. 60 inch tables pushed together will seat 6 people only- 10 if you put people on the ends. Therefore you do use more tables.
Table linens can also be a problem unless you want to overlap table cloths, or have each table covered separtely.
If you want to be brave, and visble to your guests you could consider putting your table up on the stage.
You could do two or three long tables depending on the width of the room
you could do a combination of table arrangements (ignore the numbers-this was for 50 guests)
The easiest way to decide is to get the measurements of your room and your tables. Draw out the room to scale on a poster board. Cut post- it notes to scale to represent the size of your tables and play with the arrangement till you come up with something you like that seats your number of guests.
Post # 4
Thanks for the suggestion. I am scared to have the tables higher, lol. I think that the linens will be separate for both tables ifmade into a square but have some table runners (vintage fabric, some triangle shape, some rectangular runners) for covering “the line”.
I think we need to go in and get measurements for sure. FI said let’s wing it. Yeah right!
I think that lengthwise, facing the windows is best for the head table but who knows…
Post # 5
That’s a great idea to have the runner cover the joint!
Just make sure the service people know so they don’t place anything on the runner.
Post # 6
Bump to see if anyone else has some ideas?
Post # 7
I think it would be FAB to have the party tables on the stage! I imagine sitting up there like royalty.
You could hang lights back there to make it really romantic.
Post # 8
I second the idea of long tables. I think it looks very intimate and guest have alot of interaction.
Post # 9
What if you and your hubby had a sweetheart table on the stage? just a thought!
Post # 10
Not sure how the lighting is there but I love the beams, I can see some very pretty tulle hanging all over from there lol with lights in it too 🙂