How to set a wedding reception table

Updated: Jun 9

The organizational part of celebration preparation necessarily includes the development of a plan on how to place tables for the wedding because the comfort of guests and the scenario of the event directly depend on this. The thoughtful neighborhood of each group of guests and the ability to seamlessly leave your place or return allow you to create and maintain a friendly, cheerful atmosphere throughout the whole banquet.

When developing the plan of guests seating, there is an indispensable condition – every invitee should have an excellent view. Nowadays, there are two main options of table arrangement: a single long table (for rectangular tables) and separate tables scattered in a hall according to a predesigned plan. Now, let’s see what the most popular types of table setting for weddings are:

1. A single long table. This option can be used if you have rectangular tables. They are combined in one long table and covered with a tablecloth. Newlyweds sit at the head of the table.

2. T-type. If you want to use the previous option and have one long table but distinguish somehow a couple, it is possible to place newlyweds at a separate table. In this case, we speak about T–type guest seating. Depending on the number of guests, this option can be modified to П-type. In each case, newlyweds sit at a separate table but the number of adjoining tables is different.

3. Scattered square or round tables. If you do not want to sit all guests at one table or you have round or square tables, then this option is preferable for you. In this case, guests are sat at different tables. 4-8 invitees can sit at one table.

4. A buffet. If you have a buffer party, then you should find a place for only a table with food and beverages. The main thing it is necessary to remember when planning guests seating is that every invitee should see newlyweds and a platform for dancing and competitions.

Here’re some useful tips you should keep in mind:

  • If you choose isolated tables, sit guests so that they feel comfortable with each other. Here, it is necessary to consider guests age, gender, occupation, family ties;

  • If a particular place is prescribed for each invitee, distribute some notes or inform them about it upon entrance;

  • In order to ensure good navigation in a wedding banquet hall, distribute a seating plan in which the numbers of tables and places near them are indicated. This information is indicated on invitation cards and on a personal card, which is set near serving items opposite the chair of this person.

  • Make sure that a good view is opened from each place.

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