Long table questions and semi-freak out

posted 4 years ago in Reception
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Buzzing bee

I don’t think it looks like a cafeteria!  My only question is where are you going to sit?  I would do your head table or your sweetheart table at the end of the dancefloor so it’s centered so everyone can see you (diagram below).  I think that’s a much better option than doing tables around the perimeter because as you said it will be a pain for people to get to their seats.

                       Head Table

___________        Dance        _____________

___________        Floor          _____________

___________                         _____________

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Sugar Beekeeper

We have a very similar set up. We’re running two 8′ tables end to end for each set of tables. I’ve seen it in photos and I think it looks cosy and picnic-y rather than cafeteria style. Our tables are also 30″ wide which kind of sucks, I really wanted the 40″ extra wide ones, but our rental company assured me it would be fine. Apparently this table in my inspiration photo is 30″:

This is our floorplan:

 

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Sugar Beekeeper

Sorry, I should say, the big pointy oval thing is a firepit my venue built in the middle of our event space (agh!!!! but i’m dealing with it), and we’re doing a little square sweetheart table in front of it. Our dance floor is the bottom left.

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Buzzing bee

I agree with Bakerella you can totally make 30″ work.  It will be a little narrow but just make sure your centerpieces don’t have a large footprint and you’ll be fine.  Honestly, from my experience at my own wedding and others.. people don’t spend much time at their tables anyway!

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Bumble bee

You could also do a swag down the center of the table, I think we are using lemon balm (similar setup)

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Sugar Beekeeper

Okay. You know what I’m going to do? I’m really curious about this too, so I’m going to do a trial run, take a photo and post it for both of us :) Be back in a few!

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Sugar Beekeeper

Are you ready for this? I spread out the table cloth to 30″ so ignore the rest of my table sticking out. Also, my table isn’t quite 8′ (I think it’s like 7′-4″), so if you’re doing 8/table people will have a pretty comfortable amount of elbow room which is terrific. Here’s what it looks like with plates, side plates, bit of cutlery, and some vases. I don’t have any fresh flowers in the house to make it prettier, so use your imagination ;)

And then my set up with the piece of wood running down the centre. It’s a bit tight, I had to squeeze in the wine glasses but it’s doable. The wood isn’t what I’m using obviously, but I thought the width (just over 6″) would help for perspective. I’m hoping we’ll find 4″ wide boards.

Verdict: 30″ is totally fine! And this was totally just an excuse to spread out my new linens for the wedding that came today btw ;)

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Sugar bee

I wish I could do long tables. I think my venue only does round and I don’t want to spend extra money on tables :(

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Sugar Beekeeper

@Ngolden1: Ya, we’re doing a plated meal. If you’re doing family style you would have to spread out your centrepieces for sure. You’d also have to be careful of the width of the plate it was being served on, I’m not sure you could squeeze another plate between the settings… Otherwise I would ask if maybe you could use those little fold out tables that waiters have for their trays and maybe have people put their food there after passing it around?

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Sugar Beekeeper

@Ngolden1: No problem at all by the way, I’ve been going over it a million times in my head, so the timing with my linens arriving today worked out perfectly! I’m more than happy to help!

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