Which u-shaped table for an intimate reception for 30 people?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which table arrangement is best for a small intimate wedding?
    smaller U shape : (4 votes)
    40 %
    larger U shape : (6 votes)
    60 %
  • Post # 2
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    710 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    To be honest I don’t think it matters at all. I had to look several times to see the difference. 

    Post # 4
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    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Your guests are not going to mingle and chat between tables in either arrangement. They will talk to the people that they face and that are directly on either side. They are not going to turn around and talk to the people sitting behind them, as that would be both awkward and rude to the people they are actually sitting with.

    That said, I still prefer the smaller U.

    Post # 5
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    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    it’s hard to see from this how much space the smaller u has but if the people are too close together I can picture awkward ness when chairs are pushed back to move around, especially if you’re really close to the people at your sides. Plus the serving staff may find more space easier. I don’t think people would turn around for either of them

    Post # 6
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    42469 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    ne11y23:  The reality is that no matter what shape the table, guests can only politely talk with the people on either side of them and directly across the table.

    Any further than that requires the people on either side to either lean forward or back, and they can only do that for so long.

    With the small “U”, the people on the inside of the “U” would also be able to turn around and talk with the people behind them, but that’s kind of rude to the others at the same table.

    Post # 7
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    1119 posts
    Bumble bee

    ne11y23:  is the difference tge number of people sat across the top bit? If it is, could you base the choice on who/number of people you want sat on what is essentially ‘the top table’ bit of it?

    Post # 8
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    20 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    ne11y23:  I love U shaped lay-outs! Hmm how big is the space in the venue? Both options in your photos are proportionate to the size of the rooms and I think that’s important. You wouldn’t want a large set up dwarfing a smaller room or a closer set-up making a large room feel sparse. I don’t there would be too much mingling at dinner as people would most likely feel it was rude to turn their back on the people sitting opposite them to talk to someone behind.

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