One way to make your wedding reception seem different and unique right off the bat is to use a mixture of different shaped tables — round, rectangle & square. There are a few different ways to do this. The easiest way is to have the dimensions of both the tables and the room so you can play around with a floor plan.
The eye is drawn to something it doesn’t expect. Different parts of the US have different expectations when it comes to tables. By far, the round table shape rules. In more rural areas, rectangle banquet tables are the norm. Square is popping up all over. Step out of the box and mix them up for a truly unique wedding!
Round Tables — Round tables are usually 5′ or 6′. They seat 8 to 10 people comfortably, though some will argue they seat 12. In my experience, 12 people to a 72″ table is not at all comfortable. It’s elbow to elbow tight.
Now, lets look at some more options for unique wedding tables –
Rectangle Tables — Banquet tables are usually 6 feet or 8 feet. They can be set up in a variety of ways and will help break up the monotony of round only tables if you sprinkle some in the mix. You can line them up, end to end or choose one of the following options:
Square Tables — These can be arrange in a square or rectangle or a combination thereof. These can seat anywhere between 4 and 12 guests, depending on the size and shape you choose.
Mix it Up
A unique wedding could be one that mixes up the table shapes and sizes – giving the guests something unexpected and unusual.
This will also allow you to use different sizes and shapes of centerpieces (more unique than a sea of sameness) because centerpieces should fit the space each table offers to look balanced.
Check out the photos below and give it some thought. Just remember, you will probably need linens for your tables and unless you have a pretty big budget, you should stick to customary sizes offered by linen rental companies.
These tables are 8′ banquets set in a herringbone fashion pointing towards the cake table.
The same wedding mixed in some round tables and a few square ones too. It was a great look.
How’s this for gorgeous? Mixed round and square wedding tables. via TheKnot.com
P.S. (caveat: This is a personal preference.) I have never really liked table linens that go to the floor for guest tables. The get caught on the seat of the chairs and won’t lay right unless the chairs are pulled completely out.
Believe it or not, I have had more than one occasion where the floor length linen got caught on the foot of a guest chair, a guest sat on it or it got caught in a guests’ lap. When they scooted their chair up to the table, the linen pulled everything on the table toward that guest, including centerpieces, drinks, wine and what-not. One time, it resulted in dumping a plate of food and a glass of wine in a guests lap.
I, personally, like a linen with a 15″ to 18″ drop on the side. This allows it to look quite nice. The table cloth stops at the top of the seat on the guest chairs. It’ll may save you some money, too. Save the floor length table linens for your special tables that no one will be sitting at like the cake, gift, and guestbook tables or a buffet table. It gives a finished looked to these tables.