Long or Round Tables?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Long tables would be nice.

I see what the person meant when they said it makes them think of cafeteria seating, but that really comes down to decor and how the tables are arranged.

I’ve seen weddings with the set-up that you described, and I really like them. They looked great, and not like a cafeteria at all. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I don’t think it looks like cafeteria seating at all. I’m not a fan of the round tables and I really like the look of long tables, you should stick with it! There will always be someone who doesn’t like something you like… so take it with a grain of salt!

I also like that it’s easier to socialize with people around you when you’re at long tables. At round tables I feel like I’m stuck talking to people on either side of me… Plus, you can do really creative (and inexpensive) things for the table decor too.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

@Kazza:  “I also like that it’s easier to socialize with people around you when you’re at long tables. At round tables I feel like I’m stuck talking to people on either side of me…”

That’s interesting, I was just about to say the exact opposte – that round tables make socialising a lot easier, and that at long tables you’re stuck talking to the people on either side of you!  I guess it depends on the size of the tables, and whether people are sitting on only one side of the long tables, or on both sides.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

@JulietFoxtrot:  I’ve never seen it done where people are only sitting on one side… maybe that would be quite different! In that case, I’d recommend either seating people on both sides or going with round tables…

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I actually love the long tables.  I don’t think it cafeteria style.   I’ve gone to schools with both round and long tables!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think either would be nice, but if you like the long tables, I say go for it! I wouldn’t say they are cafeteria style either, since mfa cafeteria at high schooat had round tables! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I like long tables and think they go great with your theme!  I’m having round tables because that’s what my venue provides – to be honest, I’ve had positive and less positive experiences at both kinds of tables.  When I was in the middle of a long table, I felt like I could talk to a lot of people, but when I was at the end… not so much. But I agree that long tables can provide an intimate experience – I had a lot of fun at a wedding at long tables where the food was served family style. It worked really well! Ultimately, do whatever YOU want – I think your inclination toward long tables seems spot on!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

You actually need more center pieces for long rectangular tables than for round. Ask florists, they’ll explain that it’s more expensive. Instead of 1 centerpiece for all 8-12 ppl at one round table, for rectangular tables, you usually need at least 3 medium to large center pieces or tons of smaller ones, otherwise you’ll have a lot of ppl w nothing in front of them. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MissBirdWatcher:  I like round tables – especially if you have a small enough group that a U shape would work – you wouldn’t want people having to hike all over the place if there are no more spots on the interior.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used one long table to seat all of our guests and us as well. But we had a small group and I didn’t want to separate everyone and choose a “favorite” table to sit at. It was much more intimate and everyone got to sit with the bride and groom.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My only issue with long tables is that I feel it’s very difficult to socialize with everyone at your table, which is why we’re doing only round tables. I was just at a birthday celebration where they had all long tables, and I wound up only talking to the people across from me or right beside me all night. 

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