The reception seating arrangement is like a really huge Sudoku puzzle. Some people will want to be closer to the head table, some want to be close to the bathroom, some can’t be stuck in a corner, some want to be near the dance floor… AHHH! Just a heads up: It can get pretty complex but Panache & Promises is here to help. Choosing the right table shapes for your venue can solve a lot of these problems.
Let’s look at the options:
Family Style Tables
Family Style tables are most popular with large venues and outdoor settings.
Pros: Intimate; lower linen costs (only a few tables… maybe even just 1!); great arrangement for smaller weddings; no one will get stuck in the corner of the room!
Cons: Only works for large, long spaces; pretty much requires a plated dinner; conversation flow is limited to your chair neighbors.
Round tables are the classic wedding setup.
Pros: Great for mingling around the room.
Cons: They take up more space; the tables are harder to fit near walls, the space can end up cramped and people bump chairs frequently.
Square tables are a modern take on a classic arrangement.
Pros: Great for mingling as well; the shape makes them easy to fit along walls so they use less space than round tables.
Cons: You’ll probably still have guests playing bumper chairs.
Mix, match, and use them all!
Pros: The space looks unique; the arrangement can be better customized to fit your space.
Cons: When done poorly, the space can look very cluttered and unorganized; you’ll have a higher linen and floral cost.
You can’t perfectly accommodate everybody. Most people will just be happy to be at your wedding and their seat isn’t all that important to them. What IS important is that YOU don’t stress over the tables too much!
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