Post # 1
I always imagined we would have the standard round banquet tables but lately I’ve been thinking about going with long instead. FI really loves the long and I feel like it gives it more of a modern look. Which layout do you like better?
ETA: We’re not having a head table. FI and I will be sitting at a round banquet table with both sets of parents and FI’s brother/SIL regardless of what layout we go with.
Post # 3
Concern with the long – half of your guests will literally have their backs to the dance floor and it (to me) would be more awkward than having to turn around at a round table. Just my opinion though….I’m lazy and hate turning my neck. ha.
Post # 4
@AmeliaBedelia: I thought about that too. That would be a downside to going with the long but I don’t know if it would keep us from doing it. Actually, maybe this would work out to our advantage. I’m not much of a dancer so the fewer people staring at me, the better.
Post # 5
I’m personally not a fan of long table because I feel like it doesn’t facilitate conversations that rounds tables do. I feel round give a more intimate and fun vibe. Long tables remind me of board meetings at work, but that’s just me 🙂
Post # 6
The long tables are definitely more modern.
- They typically take up less space in a room
- You can use smaller centerpieces
- Different feel of ‘typical’ banquet rounds
- Can do a seating chart with placecards vs escort cards
- If set continuously as you’ve diagramed, guests will need to walk all the way to the end of a table to get around it.
- Half of them will have their backs to the dance floor
- They will only be able to converse easily with the 4 closest people to them
- You may need more centerpieces
- Depending on the linens your venue uses, they will likely not be floor length or skirting will have to be used
- The venue may not have enough of that style table. Many don’t, or they’ll use tables half as wide together, which leaves a seam and they’re never exactly the same height, plus more legs for people to bump.
- Depending on the width of tables used, place settings can get a little cramped.
I love the way they look in theory, and in some settings like outdoor weddings with lots of space or casual rehearsal dinners prefer that style of table.
Good luck! (and what seating program are you using? it’s awesome!)
Post # 7
I kind of think that I like the layout of the long table more. I do think that the conversational aspect of the round tables is better but I still like the layout of the long tables. Now I am kind of rethinking how I want my table, I really do like the square layout.
Post # 8
@thewheelsonthebus: It’s the seating chart feature on weddingmapper.com. Very handy!
@tksjewelry: I’m really feeling the square layout too. I think I could get really creative with table decor if I have more room to spread it out.
Post # 9
i like long tables when there are rows of them next to each other, but the setup of the long tables in your diagram makes it look more like a boardroom, does that make sense?
Post # 10
Agreed. I like rectangular tables better (and am using them for my wedding) but there’s something about your layout that I do prefer the rounds @CaitMarae
If anything I would suggest the long tables be perpendicular to the side of the dance floor, rather than parallel? Easier to see more angles and less people with their backs to a focal point?
Post # 11
I suggest using half and half. We are planning on doing banquets and rounds. The younger crowd we will seat at the banquets while my mom and aunts, etc I will put at the rounds. More festive feel for the party.
I agree that the banquets tables all together like that does look like a boardroom though.
Post # 12
@baletrina: do you have pictures I was thinking half and half as well.
Post # 13
I’m obsessed with the long table look. I hope I’ll be able to do it in my space. I think it’s much more communal and also more attractive!