(Closed) Banquet tables in rows – pros and cons? advice?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What would you do?
    Arrange tables in a different formation : (3 votes)
    11 %
    Skip family style and serve food buffet style : (13 votes)
    48 %
    I hate this idea! (please state alternative below) : (0 votes)
    I love this idea! : (11 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
    1645 posts
    Bumble bee

    I really like the long tables. I would do buffet style instead of family, though. Tables are already going to be crowded without bowls of food everywhere. 

    Post # 4
    3981 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I guess I am just not into the super streamline look to rows. I wish I could help give you a better idea but if you are doing a family style serving then rows would make sense… Wow… I was just the most unhelpful person ever! lol

    Post # 5
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I love it! If we’d had the option, I would’ve wanted both family style dinner and long tables.

    One thought that I did have is that you’re not going to have room for large centerpieces + food on the tables, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your centerpieces.

    I think if you had a few dishes that were family style (say, salad, bread, veggies) and did plated/served main dish options, you could have the food between every 4 people (if that makes sense) and nothing would need to be passed far. I’ll try to make a diagram so it’s easier to picture…

    Post # 6
    69 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    If you like the long tables i say go for it!!!!! I think buffet style might be hard becuase the tables will be close so people might have to squeeze past and bump other people to get in and out for the food! I like the idea of passing the bowls around family style because it gives it a personal touch!

    the only suggestion I would have is to maybe have less/smaller arrangements so that it will make passing easier, you dont want to have too much stuff on the table to to get in the way and clutter up the space and you want to make sure to give your guests enough room on the table so they dont feel crammed!

    If the bowls are staying on the tables maybe find a way to incorporate them so they almost act like table arrangements??? maybe colorful or different sizes/shapes???

    Post # 7
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    So the yellow would be each plate, with the green as small, low, easy-to-pass-over centerpieces, and the blue words should be self explanatory 😉

    Post # 8
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think buffet is probably best, unless each table had more than one dish of each item to pass around for family style.  Depending on how many people are at each table, waiting all day for the one bowl of potatoes to make it to your end would be a pain.  Otherwise, I think the long tables is a great idea.

    Post # 9
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We had long tables and I loved it. The caterer did suggest buffet instead of family style though and it worked great.

    Post # 10
    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I think for a very informal wedding, this could work well, as long as you were fine with not having much in the way of centerpieces.

    Post # 11
    1555 posts
    Bumble bee

    I love the long table idea. I want the same thing! So go for it!

    Post # 14
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I love it! Just keep the centerpieces (if any) small and low and it should be fine.

    Post # 15
    8 posts
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Hi sfchick,

    I had long banquet tables at my wedding last summer and everyone (including those die-hard round table people) loved them. When I was looking around for tables I found out they came in 30″ and 42″ wide options. Due to the size restrictions at my venue we decided to to two tables wired together that were 18″ each (as we thought the 30″ were too narrow). I’m not sure what your options are but if you can get the 42″ I think there is plenty of room to do family style. If you end up with the smaller widths I would think there probably isn’t much room, beyond the plates themselves you have to include room for all of the different glasses you might have, butter plates, the cutlery seating cards etc and it might get a little squished. You could experiment too with different sized (and shaped) serving dishes as some will probably fit better then others.

    Hope that helps!


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