Post # 1
I need some help deciding what shape head table we should have! We’ve decided to include our wedding party and their dates at our table because I don’t want to make the dates sit with people they don’t know, and I also don’t want to do a sweetheart table because people will be staring at me enough throughout the day and I’d like to eat in some peace 🙂
This leaves us with 11 people (odd number because one of our wedding party does not have a date). There are basically two set-ups that would work, and I can’t decide (and my Fiance doesn’t care lol).
Plan A is to have to long tables end to end to create one 14 foot by 2.5 foot table as such:
Ignore my lack of drawing skillz.
Pros: more traditional and there is no concern about the table looking too empty in the middle.
Cons: Fiance and I have our backs to half of the room (this really bothers my parents)
Plan B is to put two long tables side by side to create a square-ish table that is 8 feet by 5 feet as such:
Pros: Fiance and I can sit next to each other at the head of the table and pretty much be facing the whole room, plus this is a more unique layout
Cons: I’m worried the centerpieces we have won’t be enough to fill up the big middle space, and this might make it more obvious that one person doesn’t have a date.
The centerpieces for the head table are two peacock feather wreaths that will have a hurricane in the center of the wreath with a large candle. I’ll also have 15-20 small votive candles spread around the table. I was also thinking of putting my bouquet in a vase at the head table. Here is a too-dark pic of one of the wreaths/candles. I swear they are really pretty in adequate lighting and not via iphone pic.
Post # 3
Im doing a squarish table, I think its more personal and everyone can talk to each other (when they are sitting) Just my taste I like sitting around a table seeing everyone.
Post # 4
It’s much easier to converse with each other with the square table. The long table makes that impossible. Also, it will be easier to get in and out of the square table. Not everyone feels comfortable being on display and the square layout makes it less awkward, and guests really don’t care if the headtable is facing them or not.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
Is there a reason you can’t split up the tables and have two head tables, both facing the other tables (then no backs are to the other tables)? I think I have seen this in other table set up sketches, both angled out like pacman.
Post # 6
How about something like this instead? All your Bridal Party will be around you as a group.
or even this way?
long tables angled?
Post # 7
@bellagio: I’m not sure I know what you mean? basically just splitting the group up into two tables I guess? I had thought about that but we’re not really enough for two full tables so it would probably mean us with 3 of our bridal party (+ dates) and the other 2 in the bridal party would be left out, which brings back bad flashbacks to middle school cafeteria for me 🙂
@ItWasntMe: i like the creativity but i don’t want to be on display quite so much.
Post # 8
I have no clue, and I’m trying to come up with a plan myself for 10 adults and three high chairs at the head table – I just don’t see how I can make it work.
Post # 9
Ooh I love the square table! We were going to do the long one but I like this idea much better. We have 14 people at our table so I was really worried about space! We are also worried about facing our backs to anyone – our room is split right down the middle by the dance floor so we just have to pick a side
Post # 10
how about two 6 ft tables end to end, instead of one 8 ft and one 6 ft?
Post # 11
wow… square is winning 11-zip!
@simplifiedbride: I don’t think that it would be long enough for 6 people to sit comfortably on a 12 ft table (2 6’s)
Post # 12
I’m the lone voter for Option A! LOL! So basically I’d worry with Option B that conversation would be limited to the person on either side of you, there’s no WAY you could talk to the person across the table from you.
Post # 13
@bakerella: that is kind of true although the square-ish table will actually be 8×5 so the people across from you are only 5 ft away which is less than the person on the other side of a round table (although i guess you dont usually expect them to do too much talking either then eh?)
Post # 14
Wow, initially when I looked at the two drawings I was in favor of #1 but then I read your Pros/Cons and I do agree with you that it is a more unique layout and you are facing the whole room. I also think it will promote more conversation and make it easier for you to walk around.
Post # 15
@CorgiTales: That’s 5′ if the person is sitting crushed up against the edge of the table. I would count on 7′-8′ by the time you’re sitting back in your chair.