(Closed) Unique reception table layout – will save $!

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it’s  pretty cool, but keep in mind, you’d be able to fit three less people at each table, so what you save in centrepieces, you might lose in extra tables/linens depending on what you want?

I also think that draping is there to cover whatever additional bit they’ve added to the tables so the centrepiece actually has a place to balance on, but if you can think of something cute that doesn’t need a cover, it’s great!

Post # 4
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

That’s a great idea!

Post # 5
3195 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

@SapphireSun:  Good point! 

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@amw511s:  Very unique design!  Typically, you’d have about 8-10 people per table…so, this would mean that you’d need 10 “sets” of tables for 150 guests (30 tables vs. 15 tables).  If the white tablecloths are free of charge at your venue, you’ll only need to dish out extra money for runners (30 of them vs. 15).  You’ll just have to look for great deals on runners, so you come out ahead!  Just trying to figure out if you’ll save $. 

Post # 6
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@amw511s: Wouldnt it make it harder to talk at the tables. I dont know if you would save money with this idea…

Post # 7
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Super cool!

Post # 8
3138 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

This looks really cool, but I can see some major issues that you should consider. 

This arrangement is going to take more floor space, because you’ll need three tables for seating 15 people, when you would normally need only two tables for 16 people.  That means you probably won’t be able to get as many people in your venue.  

As someone else stated, it’s going to make it hard for your guests to converse with each other. I think people also find it uncomfortable when they feel like they have their backs to people who are at the same table, which is going to be the situation for the six people who are seated adjacent to the where the tables intersect. 

You’ll have to pay for additional table cloths, and you will need something to bridge the gap between the three tables to support the flower arrangements. Also, you’ll need to make sure the tables are secured to each other somehow, otherwise if they get bumped or shifted a bit, the center piece might slip off the tables. 

Post # 9
2906 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think it looks coo, but I dont know how its going to work. It coud go either way goodor bad. If you do this let us know how it goes. I think it looks really interesting. 

Post # 10
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@amw511s:  I’d love to know if you decided to go with this layout and how it goes!  I’ve been thinking about this too, but it’s pretty uncommon and hard to find pictures and ideas for it!

Post # 12
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

you will have to have more tables, chairs cloths ect…. Will it really save you that much money?  You dont have to have crazy centerpieces on tables, we just had flowers in a simple square elegant vase and lots of candles on our tables!  

Post # 13
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012


Post # 14
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My friend just got married in May and did the SAME thing with her tables. She DEF!!! saved $$ on centerpieces, thats for sure. She had a “WOW FACTOR” Middle centerpiece and three smaller ones on the three tables to accompany the large one. The only downfall that I noticed was that you couldn’t really make conversation with the people sitting accross the table because they were just too far away. But it def. looks awesome once all set up!!

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