Intimate Wedding Table Arrangement?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

A young lady working with me from the rental company came up with this layout for the park. We have a mix of rectangular and round farm tables. 48 guests, crossing fingers for a few declines. 8 per table. 10 is possible, which is how its pictured, but I don’t want people to feel crowded. All I said was it would be nice if everyone in the wedding party and their dates could sit at one long table with us and she came up with the rest. 😊 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Honestly in the end I feel that with a crowd of people, dinner noise, music etc you can only really talk to the two people next to you (one on either side) no matter the set up.

I understand the idea of a round table is that everyone can talk but in practice I don’t usually find that to be possible. I do think long tables definitely can make it even harder though as obviously the people at the ends can barely even see each other never mind talk.  

So my opinion is just do what you want based on the look you want and what is most practical 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

blissfullyshelby :  Completely missed the question at the end. Regardless of the set up I agree with pp. I usually end up chatting with the people closest to me at the table and socializing with others while away from the table. Either way people will socialize so pick what you like for your day.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Personally I like the idea of doing several smaller round tables, I think it would be more reception-esque, and plus it’s not like people won’t get up and wander around to chat if they want to be more social! One big long one might feel like you’re eating in a school cafeteria or something. I’m having a small reception and just using the rectangular tables for food, gifts, and the bridal party, the rest will be smallish circles 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I had my 40 person wedding a few days ago and I am so happy we went with 6 round tables versus long tables. It felt so intimate and allowed everyone to get up and wander and sit at other tables. Plus it was nice to be able to peek around at everyone and saying hi or just smiling at them versus not being able to do that with long tables. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Fewer than 30 at my wedding and we had 4 rectangular tables and we sat at the bar. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We are having 16 people and doing one long kings table.  I think it works well with 20 and under, but over 20 I like multiple tables and personally prefer rectangles over round.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We are doing long tables (2) for families! And we are doing garland from Sam’s down the middle with flowers stuffed in and TONS of candles!

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