(Closed) One long table or a few of small ones?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you have one long table for 35-40 guests (like the picture below) or a few separate tables?
    One long table : (4 votes)
    33 %
    Separate tables : (8 votes)
    67 %
    Skip all this planning and elope! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We are doing pretty much all head tables.. our layout looks something like this :

    Post # 5
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We had about 40 ppl at our wedding as well. I thought of doing one long table but we decided to do pearate ones. This was he layout (not completed entirely) if it helps…

    Post # 6
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I think that the movement of people required by stations would not work well with one long table. As you said, people will be frequently coming and going from the table, which in turn annoys the people seated around them. And when you have 39 other people seated around them, that’s a lot of people to annoy.


    Post # 7
    7271 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @JenniferMm:  I think if each person had enough room at the table it would not be annoying for people to be coming and going. It would be just as annoying if you were seated at smaller tables without enough room. Would the long table be more than enough room to seat everyone with extra elbow space? If so- I say go for it!

    Post # 8
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re doing one giant King’s table for our 50 guests. Fiance and I will also be sitting at the head of the table. I adore this look and as soon as I got engaged I knew it was what we were going to do. Your caterer can advise you about the length requirements in order to provide ample room for guests. You’ll also have to determine what width you would like/need for the table to be dependent upon your choice of centerpieces.

    I honestly don’t (usually) care for the look of round tables at weddings, but especially at a small wedding! I think that would be very awkward to only have a few tables scattered around. The one King’s table is so much more intimate and romantic, IMO.

    I do understand your uncertainly due to the stations though. We are having a seated dinner so its not something I had to worry about. I think as long as each guest has the ‘required’ amount of space (in regard to the distance between each guest’s plate settings & chairs) you shouldn’t have a problem.

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