(Closed) Which table layout? Round or long?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Round or Long?
    Round : (24 votes)
    71 %
    Long : (10 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Concern with the long – half of your guests will literally have their backs to the dance floor and it (to me) would be more awkward than having to turn around at a round table. Just my opinion though….I’m lazy and hate turning my neck. ha.

    Post # 5
    862 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I’m personally not a fan of long table because I feel like it doesn’t facilitate conversations that rounds tables do.  I feel round give a more intimate and fun vibe.  Long tables remind me of board meetings at work, but that’s just me 🙂

    Post # 6
    2600 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    The long tables are definitely more modern. 


    • They typically take up less space in a room
    • You can use smaller centerpieces
    • Different feel of ‘typical’ banquet rounds
    • Can do a seating chart with placecards vs escort cards


    • If set continuously as you’ve diagramed, guests will need to walk all the way to the end of a table to get around it.
    • Half of them will have their backs to the dance floor
    • They will only be able to converse easily with the 4 closest people to them
    • You may need more centerpieces
    • Depending on the linens your venue uses, they will likely not be floor length or skirting will have to be used
    • The venue may not have enough of that style table.  Many don’t, or they’ll use tables half as wide together, which leaves a seam and they’re never exactly the same height, plus more legs for people to bump.
    • Depending on the width of tables used, place settings can get a little cramped.

    I love the way they look in theory, and in some settings like outdoor weddings with lots of space or casual rehearsal dinners prefer that style of table. 

    Good luck!  (and what seating program are you using? it’s awesome!)

    Post # 7
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I kind of think that I like the layout of the long table more.  I do think that the conversational aspect of the round tables is better but I still like the layout of the long tables.  Now I am kind of rethinking how I want my table, I really do like the square layout.

    Post # 9
    5889 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i like long tables when there are rows of them next to each other, but the setup of the long tables in your diagram makes it look more like a boardroom, does that make sense?

    Post # 10
    643 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @Mrs. Meowerson:

    Agreed. I like rectangular tables better (and am using them for my wedding) but there’s something about your layout that I do prefer the rounds @CaitMarae

    If anything I would suggest the long tables be perpendicular to the side of the dance floor, rather than parallel? Easier to see more angles and less people with their backs to a focal point?

    Post # 11
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I suggest using half and half.  We are planning on doing banquets and rounds.  The younger crowd we will seat at the banquets while my mom and aunts, etc I will put at the rounds.  More festive feel for the party. 

    I agree that the banquets tables all together like that does look like a boardroom though.

    Post # 12
    1 posts

    @baletrina:  do you have pictures I was thinking half and half as well.

    Post # 13
    213 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m obsessed with the long table look. I hope I’ll be able to do it in my space. I think it’s much more communal and also more attractive!

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