Dressing the Table

Before I tell you about our centerpieces, let’s talk tables. The round table is, by far, the most popular table used at weddings, that much we know. What we don’t know is that, for whatever reason, multiple round tables totally throw off my chi. They disalign my chakra. They muddle my mojo.

Anyway, that option was instantly nixed, and it was on to the rectangle table. Now this is my kinda table. Clean lines, not too busy… that’s definitely a good thing. Since we’ll be having such a small wedding, we’ll have 6 8′ banquet tables. 3 end-to-end on one side of the dance floor, and 3 end-to-end on the other side, with us at a round table in the center. Like this:


I highly recommend Perfect Table Plan for logistics; it’s amazing. I never would have been able to figure out our tent set-up without this program! And I promise I don’t work for them! You can only enter 30 guests with the free download, but (loophole alert!) you can make as many tables/chairs as you need. I’m just going to fill in the names manually, booya! Now, on to some table inspiration!



How pretty is this? It’s so simple and clean. And check out those vintage (and some cut glass) vases!



Check out this one from Oncewed. It’s so bright and cheery, and I love the contrast of the wooden chairs!



Both of these are from Elizabeth Anne Designs. The first is so regal, and those chandeliers are to die for! I’m a big big chandelier fan! The second is just SO rustic and charming. See the highchair? Too cute!

This amazing table is from Style Me Pretty. I love everything about this. Everything. Especially those chargers!



And the table to end all tables. I mentioned this same wedding in a previous color post, but it’s worth mentioning again. This is the picture that made long tables non-negotiable for me. It’s just absolutely dreamy. Do you see that ruffled table linen?! Where can I get that? Anyone?

Are you using long tables, too? Logistically, do you think they are easier or harder to configure than round tables?


Mrs. Rainbow

October 01
Wedding Date:
May 2010
Runway: Ines Di Santo
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    seeing.greene 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:28 pm

    i loooooove rectangular tables all pushed together, they looks so good!

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:28 pm

    omg, that ruffled linen. Beautiful. (Thanks for the tip on Perfect Table Plan!)

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:32 pm

    I envy your small wedding, you can really go to town!

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    honeybun 1783 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:41 pm

    These tables are gorgeous!!!! My venue provides round tables for us, but if we had to get our own, I would def. go with the long ones!

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    sunbeam 545 posts, Busy bee @ 3:45 pm

    The ruffled linen is just amazing! Any of the above is going to be a great choice!

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    KellyV 2520 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:49 pm

    ooh ooh – use the seating software at weddingwire.com. Its INCREDIBLE and free!

    and those tables are to die for…

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    j.grossman13 493 posts, Helper bee @ 3:53 pm

    You and I have the exact same table layout. I think it is easier to fit more people into a smaller space with rectangular tables. It’s more pleasing to my eye too.

    Tip for people: you can do an accurate layout of your table plan/tent plan on graphing paper. You can get a pad of this for next to nothing at any office supply store or walmart. Just get the kind with all the little blue squares, decide a dimension for each square (inch, foot, 10 feet…) and draw in all your ideas. It helps me to see things side by side like this.

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    pmerr 2728 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:59 pm

    Long tables look soooooo good, but we’ll be having like 200 people. With that many people the tables would be lined up, and people on the insides would have some trouble moving around. For where we’re having the reception, round tables work best in the small space.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 4:11 pm

    We’re doing round tables, but those inspiration photos are gorgeous!

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    Sage 728 posts, Busy bee @ 4:17 pm

    I LOVE long tables! We might be using them, but we haven’t decided yet. It kinda depends on how many people RSVP! Though at the same time, I need to decide before the RSVPs are due. LOL!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 7:13 pm

    i like the look of long tables but prefer the interaction made possible by round tables.

    ruffled linens… try etsy alchemy?

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the tip on that program. :)
    We’re having a long head table and then round tables and le high-up cocktail tables.

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    alishaneva 2152 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:32 pm

    I love long tables. They’re so clean to me – I bet it will look awesome. And how cool that there’s a program to use to set it all up … and again I’m reminded why I love wedding bee. Thanks!

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    EnoughAlready 1 posts, Wannabee @ 1:37 am

    SIGH! I LOVE long tables, but my mother has made it very clear that she thinks they are too much like a BBQ to be beautiful. I need to show her pictures but I’m pretty sure her mind it made up! Thanks for the kickstart on research, though!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:44 am

    i’m going with the conventional round tables. the couple times i’ve sat at long tables, it was hard to be included in the conversation. everyone broke into groups of whoever was closest.

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:37 pm

    I LOVE long rectangular tables! I can’t wait to see how your’s turn out :)

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    Mrs. Mouse 5759 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:36 pm

    I love ALL of your inspiration! That last wedding (the one you’ve mentioned before) might be one of my fave weddings I’ve ever seen online, too!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:07 am

    LOVE your inspiration! and I think long tables rock!

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    Temms33 32 posts, Newbee @ 12:41 pm

    I love the first one! So simple but amazing looking :)

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    Piecing It Together | Weddingbee, Guest @ 2:19 pm

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    Kimberly M 75 posts, Worker bee @ 11:11 pm

    This is a great layout, but don’t forget the bars! Since your wedding is small, you only need one. With 100+ guests, two bars are needed.

    I also love the long tables, but I like a small round sweetheart table for the bride and groom. Another layout I have seen that is gorgeous is a small sweetheart table at the head of the room, opposite the band stage on the other end and oval 10 person tables on diagonal angles (round end of the oval facing the dancing floor) flanking the dance floor, with the bars behind the tables on either side.

    My friend did two long beautiful tables like an equals sign, then the bar along them like a third line and the dance floor and band at one end of the room.

    I agree though, round tables aren’t my favorite.

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