Post # 1
Hi bees, I’m thinking of having long tables at my reception. It’s a small wedding (40 guests) so I think long tables will create a really intimate feel.
Has anyone done this, or is planning on doing it for their wedding ?
I need ideas for decorating the tables. I have made some lace covered glass jars which will have candles in them….but not sure what flowers and how many bunches for a long table,….ah pictures would be awesome
Post # 3
@TanyaLeigh050414: I did long tables for my wedding rehearsal dinner and we had just over 30 people. It looked beautiful and yes, very intimate. Everyone loved it. I wish I had a better picture of them, but my mom has all of them. We did simple decorations – we lined the centre of the tables with different sized mason jars with votive candles and a mix of white and green flowers (mostly spider mums and hydrangea)
Post # 4
Small bouquets in the center of the table, every few feet, would definitely be sufficient, and would look lovely with your lace jars.
I personally prefer the traditional round table because it’s easier to talk to more people, but I think either long or round tables can be done very nicely. so it’s really up to what you want to do!
Post # 5
Thanks for the picture 🙂 I think the mason jars are great. I’m going to use something similar because in Australia I can’t find mansion jars but it will be the same kind of thing. I think I’ll go with the long tables with lots candles and flowers
Post # 6
@TanyaLeigh050414: I had 25 guests at the wedding and we had one large table for everyone to sit at. We loved it. The seating chart was a pain.
Post # 7
This is what we are planning for our wedding. To make it even less formal, we are going to also sit at a long table with our immediate families and our relatives who are flying in from around the world.
It’ll suit our reception space much better than round tables, and I’m really excited about decorating them. We are planning on gving the florist, a good friend, free reign with the decorations, but lots of small vases and candles always look gorgeous on long tables.
Post # 8
Ooh- just saw you’re a fellow Aussie! Ikea has some gorgeous milk-bottles at a couple of dollars each… They’re so cute and would look as good as mason jars!
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Beach
I’m doing long tables at my wedding too. I have about 100 guests so they will be divided into 5 long tables. I do think also think they are more intimate than other square or round tables. For centerpieces you need to be very careful because you dont want the table to be too empty. Maybe some larger flower pots in the center and some flower petals and candles on the side? Maybe those pictures will give you an insoiration 🙂
You can use the lace covered jars that youre using for the candles also to put the flowers inside. Just think of it this was 3/4 flowwer jars/pots per table with a few rose petals on the side and candles 🙂 hope the picture are useful sorry its heavy
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We did a single long table to seat 32 and it was perfect for us. I agree with a PP that doing the seating chart for this arrangement was a royal PITA, but it was worth it.
Post # 11
@TanyaLeigh050414: This is what we are planning to do for our brunch reception! We’ll have about 12 to each side at one table and 11 to each side at another (assuming everyone attends who’s invited). I’m planning to do a long runner down each table over the white tableclothes and place two tall centerpieces (vases with tall flowers and shells) on the longer table and one on the slightly shorter one.
Post # 12
I love long tables! A girlfriend of mine did them at her wedding and they were wonderful for conversation. Howeve,r keep in mind you will need alot more centerpeices to cover the tables!
Post # 13
I had 36 people and we had three long tables, which looked really pretty and everyone seemed to like. The only drawback is that you may have to up your floral/decor budget to avoid having the tables look sparse. With round tables, you can just do one centerpiece. With long tables, you have to do multiples, which can get expensive. At ours, each table had four tall arrangements (white birch branches & hydrangea in a tall glass column vase); and between each tall arrangment there were mint julep cups with white tulips, white candle lanterns (thank heavens for IKEA!) and a ton of mercury glass votives…some with candles, some filled with white roses, lamb’s ear and silver brunia berries. I saved some money by having my florist use the branches and greenery, but I still doubled my floral budget once we sat down and mapped out the tables and what we’d need to get the tables to look “full”. I don’t have pro pics back yet, but this is kind of what my tables looked like:
Post # 14
I like the look of long tables but the centerpieces cost more since long tables require more of them and I think they make it harder to talk to more ppl. You can see in some of the pics but a long table takes 4-8+ arrangements for 20 ppl while round tables could use 2 arrangements for all 20 ppl.
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn
we had long tables at our wedding. i found doing the table plan easier for this than it was to try and sit people at round tables!
we had alternating flowers and candles in jars as our centerpeices. (and although i may be a little biased – i thought they looked awesome!!)
Post # 16
We did one giant King’s table for our small wedding (40 people) and I LOVED it. We got so many compliments on it. Everyone said that they felt like they were at a State dinner. It just felt so much more intimate IMO.
Here are a few pics. My DH and I sat at the head of the table.