Making a big reception area seem less empty

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What would make the room look bigger - more tables of 8 or less tables of 10?
    Tables of 8 : (33 votes)
    77 %
    Tables of 10 : (10 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Nah. I’m sure the tables will be further apart and it will feel comfortable.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I voted tables of 8 because there would be more tables. But, having read your post, would definitely not pay extra for it. We had just over 100 in a room with a capacity of 130 and it was totally fine. Push the tables apart a little, make sure there are wide paths to walk along the sides and dance floor, leave room for a line at the bar, maybe make sure there are different tables for the guest book and gifts–which then necessitate a little room around them. As a guest, I’d much rather have too much space than be squeezing between people. As long as the actually seats are filled, I doubt anyone will notice

    Post # 5
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2003

    Deffinately tables of 8 and ask them to supply you a diagram of the table layout/placement prior to the event. 

     

     Another option you can do is stick wtih the tables of 10 but put in a bit of a center aisle which is nice for guests working their way through the tables (i.e. weaving and bobbing around closer nit tables).  Again always ask for a layout diagram.

     

    Haley (12 year event planner).

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Umm… your venue charges you more to set less place settings??

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

    Having more tables would make it look fuller, so i’d do tables of 8.
     

    @OnceUponATime:  I was wondering about this too

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    There’s not a big difference between 125 and 105. Either way should look fine. I’d probably just do tables of 10 to save money. 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I voted tables of 8 before I read that they’re going to charge you extra for tables of 8! Can you see if the venue can spread the tables out a bit? It would make the room look fuller and would make your guests more comfortable! I find it so annoying going to an event where you feel like you’re crammed in like sardines and there’s no space between the tables! I went to one wedding a few years ago where not only did they seat 11 people at our table that was meant for 10, but they also had the tables so close together that you couldn’t even move around. You literally needed someone to get up and push their chair in so that you could get around. I was so uncomfortable and it just felt rude to make someone else get out of their seat just so you could say go to the bathroom.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I can speak from experience.

     

    I can understand how most bees will encourage you to have smaller intimate tables, but DONT.

     

    I had a 150 capacity room. I had 103 people. I opted for tables of 12!!! Also, they were extremely easy to seat. 

     

    You may think you want to fill empty space but believe me. During the wedding, everyone is walking around, dancing, conga lines, lines at the bar. You will LOVE the extra room that the bigger tables give you. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

    I voted tables of 10 with extra walking room around them. Not inly would you have to pay extra for the tables, but thats two extra centerpieces to pay for as well.  I personally would have the tables spaced further apart, and as a PP suggested, perhaps a small aisle/walkway.

    Post # 14
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: January 2003

    Sometimes a venue will charge you for a larger table setting if it is something they will have to rent out. 

    I.e. most venues carry tables of 8 (or 1 size) but when I plan an event and need 10’s or 12’s they sometimes I have to pay for a table rental with the cost pasted over to the client.

    Post # 16
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @midwestgirl80:  Can you get them to set up a table of 10 for you and take a photo of it and send it to you? that way you can see if you think it’s too crowded

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