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The Round Table…Or The Rectangular One?

With 2011 being the year of our wedding  – I finally feel that plans can be made! We’ve been engaged since last New Years Eve, but I’ve been so reticent to actually make definite decisions, in fear of changing my mind – or worse still, jinxing us. The date is set, venue booked and dress bought…all were easy to do. My biggest headache and the decision I’m still agonising over – is the tables. I’m loosing sleep over the tables…

I’d always imagined long tables – like they have in Italy or the US and it’s one of the main reasons why a barn reception venue appealed. However, our barn is very narrow and with the number of guests we’re having – the venue co-ordinators think it will be more spacious if we had round tables. So now I’m trying to get my head around changing my table decor ideas to suit round ones. Which is why I’ve been collecting lots of pretty round table images of late…

So what do you think? Should I stick to my ‘vision’ and risk making everyone feel like battery hens…or compromise and take up the challenge of evolving my ideas?

Credits: Long tables – via Jonus Peterson, Polka Dot Bride,The Garden Barn Round tables – via The Great Barn, Orchard Cove Photography, Project Wedding

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  • Margaret Ivory January 5, 2011, 3:05 pm

    I’ve always thought that round tables takes up more space than long tables. It seems more spacious to me with the long but why not do some measurements to make certain. You should allow about 60 inches between the tables and about 12-26 inches between the backs of opposing chairs. 12 inches for buffet and 26 inches for a sit down dinner so servers can manuveur effeciently.

  • Sarah January 5, 2011, 5:43 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips Maragaret! x

  • Margaret Ivory January 6, 2011, 7:06 am

    You’re welcome. Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

  • Kimmy January 17, 2011, 9:59 am

    Battery hens all the way!! Less table planning problems………….

  • Sarah January 17, 2011, 10:02 am

    Haha! We’re meeting with them to sort it this week! xx

  • ebell January 29, 2011, 5:57 pm

    No contest really – stick with long tables. For the guests it’s much nicer to be able to talk to more than 2 people properly. When sat at a round table – you can really only talk sensibly to the people on your immediate left and right. At a long table you get to talk to those either side of you and the 3 sat opposite. Much better.

    We had long tables at our reception – 10 per table. Beef was served and we had selected a guest at each table to be the carver – we gave them aprons to protect their finery. It was a fantastic way of getting everyone to interact.

  • admin January 29, 2011, 6:06 pm

    It has been decided – long tables all the way! Thanks for your fab comments xx

  • Tangerine January 30, 2011, 2:46 am

    I think its often hard to talk to people who arent directly sat beside you when you’re sat at a long table, but maybe that’s just me. Good luck with your plans and the big day!

  • Alix February 17, 2011, 2:12 pm

    Ohhh your blog is lovely, so nice to see a blog devoted to something other than big stately home weddings. I just got engaged and I’m longing for a barn wedding. my boyfriend, don’t really like the ‘F’ word, is a carpenter so i want to have lots of wood, wild flowers and lace…hopefully it will all come together! long tables is a great idea. keep up the good work!

  • Carole March 8, 2011, 2:19 am

    Definitely long table ! but be careful of the width.. if table are too wide it is impossible to talk. I made the experience with my engagement party.. I won’t do the same mistake for my wedding.