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When we booked our reception venue, I assumed we would have round tables.


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But throughout the wedding-planning process, I’ve fallen in love with long banquet tables.

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Mr. T prefers round tables and I agree that they’re more practical in the space, but maybe we could mix and match the two?


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What kind of tables do you prefer?


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Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    Lone Star, Guest @ 12:46 pm

    Round. At a round table, you can talk to all 10 at the table comfortably. At a banquet table, you can talk to only five– those on either side of you, and the three across from you.

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:48 pm

    I’m pretty sure I just fell in love with that first picture. I think I need to go back in time and re-do my entire wedding with super bright tables…

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:49 pm

    I’m in the same predicament, I like both and we could actually mix them but we’re trying to be space efficient.

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    Genesis31 366 posts, Helper bee @ 12:51 pm

    I prefer round but our venue has ONLY the long ones.. bummer…

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:57 pm

    I love long tables, they remind me of big family dinners. We couldn’t have them for our wedding, but I love living vicariously through other weddings :)

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:04 pm

    We did a mix of round and long and it worked great! I was set on long tables but ended up needing round to accomodate more people.

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    MrsD41503 303 posts, Helper bee @ 1:05 pm

    We like both as well, so we’re mixing them! 8 round and 9 banquet style :) the round will surround the dance floor, and the longer ones will be just outside the round ones. It looks great in our venue!

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    S157947 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:08 pm

    We are having rounds of 8 at our venue and a head table which will be long. :) I love rounds.

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    FutureMrsSpencer 526 posts, Busy bee @ 1:14 pm

    I actually agree. I love the banquet style tables, but my FH does not like them. He thinks the round tables would be better….so we have some thinking to do.

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    almostmrsj 3604 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:19 pm

    We can only fit round table in our reception space so that was easy. Though I do prefer them – you can talk to more people.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 1:20 pm

    Mr. D and I kind of wanted banquet tables but the rental guy persuaded my mom to go for rounds, to have less people with backs facing each other, and we decided he probably knew best.

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    TwoNerds 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:30 pm

    I like square, 8 top tables

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    luckyduckinlove 220 posts, Helper bee @ 1:33 pm

    I like round tables!

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    Anesya 53 posts, Worker bee @ 1:33 pm

    I thought I preferred round, but FI found a vendor in Seattle that rents cedar wood banquet style and square tables that match the rustic look we are envisioning perfectly. We decided to go with 2 different sizes (a banquet that sits 14 and a square that sits 8) more so since we couldn’t decide on one. The 3rd picture you posted would definitely give you the best of both worlds.

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    AT, Guest @ 1:41 pm

    I love the way banquet tables look but I do agree that rounds lend to easier socializing not only when seated but when walking around the room.

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    TiffanyJen 220 posts, Helper bee @ 2:25 pm

    I like the look of both, but personally – I feel that it’s easier for guests to get in and out of the table more comfortably if they were seated at a round table. Also, it promotes more socializing with more people, not just the few you sit next to, but everyone at the table.

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    Stephie07 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:24 pm

    I’m always an advocate for doing things differently so I am doing banquet tables. I am finding it bit harder to find linens though because it’s not as common.

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    Jenn, Guest @ 4:42 pm

    I always loved the look of long tables until I went to a wedding that had them. We were squeezed in tight, so getting up to go to the buffet line, the bathroom, and back and forth dancing was challenging. I think long tables are prettier, but I feel like guests will be way more comfortable at the round ones.

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:28 pm

    We are having Oval tables – Ya, Oval… Hmmmm… I guess they are mostly round :-)
    I didn’t care so much about the shape but I would have loved to had the wood tables like in your picture. Oh my gosh that is beautiful. I think ours are pretty standard table and we will be covering them to make them pretty

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:59 pm

    Our venue only has round tables (which are free). So we’re going to make it work. The venue space is also a circle, so it works.

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    swedishpancake 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:36 pm

    I really love long tables, but I guess I’ve never been to a wedding with them so I have no idea how they’d work out. They are gorgeous, though!

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    KellyLouise 959 posts, Busy bee @ 8:29 pm

    I’ve been to a few weddings and round were definitely better for socialising. Long tables may look nicer but I think your guests would be happier at a social table rather than a really pretty one. We have to have long table but would definitely prefer to have round.

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:46 pm

    I do love how long banquet tables look, but I feel like conversation is so difficult! I always end up stuck talking to myself when groups on either side of me are engrossed in conversations. :( I’m sure the same happens at round tables, but it just seems different to me for some reason!

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:59 am

    Diggin’ the long tables! They are just so pretty!

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    Zusie 937 posts, Busy bee @ 11:39 am

    I don’t understand the argument that banquet tables mean that half the people have their backs to x,y,z at a round table about half of the people still have to turn around.

    I’m going with a mixture because I don’t want a sweetheart table and I don’t like rounds larger than 60 in. the wedding party and their dates will need a larger table. Also the way our guest list is grouped it just works out better for us.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:11 pm

    I have to be honest, I’m so happy I don’t have to worry about this aspect too much!! We’re doing a cocktail style reception.. so it’ll be a few rounds reserved for family and such, but then just a lot of high tops and no place settings! I’ll just ogle over all your inspiration pictures since they are all just so pretty!!

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