Post # 1
We are having a small wedding of 25 people and are trying to finalise the seating plan. We are having a long table like in the photo. Just wondering whether it’s best to sit couples ‘side by side’ or ‘opposite’ sides of the table so they’e facing each other. Myself and Fiance will be seated side by side in the middle of one of the long sides if that makes a difference. I have added a poll! Thanks 🙂
Post # 3
I think either is technically fine, but I’d prefer to sit next to Fiance at a table like that.
Post # 4
I think they both have pros and cons. I like side by side because then we’re physcially close to each other and if we get up together we don’t have to go all the way around the table to meet. BUT I like across for discussions with other people. If we’re side by side we can comfortable both talk to the couple across from us. But not those on either side because we’re blocking each other. If we’re sitting across from each other we can talk to couple on either side of us.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I’d prefer to sit next to my SO. You don’t want people yelling across the table at each other all night!
Post # 6
I prefer sitting next to my Darling Husband rather than across, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. The issue is that there are some things that I need to tell Darling Husband that I wouldn’t want others to hear and it’s much easier to do that sitting next to him than across.
Post # 7
I’m in the minority, I chose across. Couples sitting across from each other can still see each other and converse, and can talk with the individuals seated on either side together. When seated together, couples can only talk with each other, or they’re forced to have a private convo with the person on each’s other side. All in all, sitting across from each other at long tables is WORLDS better than traditional seating at round tables, at which couples are interspersed. You can’t see each other or have any conversation at all because of the table shape!
As far as wanting to have a private conversation with a partner, surely it can wait until after the dinner hour. Personally, I think it can come off as a bit rude when couples to engage in private chatting when they’re around others.