That is why we decided to have one long table. It seems so festive in photos of weddings with long tables and the fact that we can fit our entire guest list onto one table makes it even better.
Here are some pictures of festive long tables.
So last night we started the process of figuring out who will sit where. I didn't think it would need as much planning as it did. For 40 guests it took us almost an hour...I'd hate to know how bigger weddings figure this stuff out. Or you could just go with this option:
I used this stunningly clever idea from somethingturquoise.com.
There are a few things I found one should keep in mind about a long or rectangular table. Firstly, its good to keep in mind that the people sitting opposite from each other will also be part of the area of conversation. We worked on a radius of 3. One for the person directly opposite you and the person on either side of them will be 3. So you kind of have a conversation triangle to keep in mind. and of course the person or couple next to you also counts as your conversation area.
This will also depend on whether you put someone at the head of the table or not. We decided not to because leg room is always an issue then.
|Nice corner table legs, no problem with leg room. Except for the person sitting at the end of the table. From:www.stylemepretty.com|
|Our tables have 'kick out' legs. From:blackframephotography.co.za|
So although there are a lot of things to keep in mind when planning the seating for a long table, you have to keep in mind that its impossible to satisfy everyone always. Someone has to sit at the end, someone will be between a table leg and you wont always be able to put everyone you want close to each other. In the end, no-one will even notice all these things if they are having a good time right?
Good luck with your seating plans! :)