Post # 1
So, today we’ve tackled cash bar vs. open bar, Buffet vs. Seated dinner, and somewhere along the way (mainly a few comments in the food section) I started thinking about tables.
I’ve been to weddings with long and round tables. I like round. I like not having to yell down the row at someone.
Some people like long tables. They like the feeling of togetherness that they bring.
So, here is my question: As a guest, which do you like better? A round or a long table arrangement? Or is there something else that you have in mind?
Post # 3
Round is definitely my idea of a good social setting, people can talk to each other easily and mingle easily and find their seats easily cos the tables are separated and numbered. Having long tables makes it a bit hard to talk to everyone,your kinda stuck with the people siting directly opposite and to the sides.
Post # 4
I personally love long family style with people sitting across from one another. I feel separated at a round table.
Post # 5
I wish we could have had long tables, but it just wasn’t in the budget I love them
Post # 6
I’m a fan of round, as long as they’re small. The larger round tables have the same problem I encounter at long tables – you can only really speak to the person on either side of you. Long tables make me think of cafeterias, and in my experience are a lot more crowded with less space to pull your chair in and out and move your elbows around.
Post # 7
With our quest list I prefer the round tables, it gives me the ability to seperate our diverse groups easily to avoid issues.
Post # 8
I completely agree that the larger round tables have the same challenges as long tables. I like 8 person max rounds or 8 person max long tables myself. Both allow you to see and talk to everyone just fine.
Post # 9
I chose round, but if I were to have had it my way, I would’ve gotten square tables for my venue. Unfortunately, no one around here has extra money to rent square tables.
Post # 10
i love long tables. it feels more like a family gathering that way imo.
Post # 11
@LittlestBirds: I’m with you on the cafeteria thing. If they are really long tables (and a lot of venues actually use the cafeteria style tables with cloths over them) then it *does* feel like a cafeteria.
Also, I agree that I only like 8 top rounds. That’s the only option our venue offers, so it’s a good thing I like it!
@YSQueen: I hadn’t even thought about square tables, really…. when we were considering an outdoor venue on my parents property, we had debated the idea of getting a bunch of mis-match kitchen tables or picnic tables rather than renting. I think I would be ok with a non-round table as long as it’s not a large table.
Post # 12
I actually like the look of both, it just depends on the venue. Sometimes, to me, round tables make the room look cluttered whereas the rectangular tables streamline the look more. But again it all depends on the layout and look of the venue.
As a guest I like round because you get more elbow room. I feel I socialize with just as many people at a rectangular table as I do a round. Usually 5 to 7 people at a round, and about 5-6 people at a rectangular if you count everyone within immediate “talking distance”.
Post # 13
@tomboypink: You make a VERY good point about room layout. For us, our venue only offers 8 top rounds because long tables just wouldn’t fit within the space.
Basically, our room is a big rectangle, and then there is an upper balcony that goes all around the room, with pillars in the middle of the lower floor and a big open space in the middle. The way the tables get set up, you put the round tables on the outside section of the pillars, and the interior section is the dance floor.
Long tables just would not work.
Post # 14
I personally love the look of rectangular or square tables rather than round tables. However, I think that round tables are more convenient for socializing. Just make sure that your centerpieces don’t hinder the conversation lol.
Post # 15
I like the feel (social aspect) of round tables but I prefer the look of long tables
Post # 16
I chose other since we’re doing round tables for guests and we’re having a “feasting” table for us & the Bridal party (& spouses if applicable). So, I guess kind of a combination.