If you flip through enough bridal magazines or spend enough time clicking your way through inspiration galleries on the Knot, you’ve probably noticed that these days the tables are a changing. Overwhelmingly the images of beautiful table settings feature long banquet tables weaving their way across a ballroom floor or through a dewy garden with hanging vines and tea lights. Inside or outside the charm of the long banquet tables is hard to ignore.
There is something about the way they look in a photograph that is really captivating. They manage to somehow look regal, majestic and formal but also cozy and communal. The long banquet tables evoke a royal air of long long ago and a familial air of backyard weddings from not so long ago. Regardless of the size of your reception, guests will feel as if they are part of the family.
Not to mention the endless decorating options the long tables provide. Quite often you’ll see them with a green leafy garland draped from end to end and punctuated by flowers or candles. The centerpieces can be stunning, but they can also still be simple. Simple centerpieces capitalize on the grandeur of the table itself to do a lot of the work.
As beautiful as they are you’ll still have to make tough decisions about the seating chart. You might even want to consider assigned seats over simply assigned tables so that guests don’t feel set adrift. More than likely, depending on the size of your reception venue and your guest list you’ll probably have to have more than one banquet table. In that case you want to make sure that guests don’t feel packed in like a cafeteria lunch.
You’ll also have to consider the tone of your wedding and the personalities of you guests. You want to make sure that you are considering more than just the pictures when you opt for long tables.