Before you start figuring out who will sit where, you need to decide what type of wedding reception seating arrangement is right for you. The configuration and style you choose can really change the entire vibe of your celebration, so put some thought into what will work best. Remember, your tables can be as large or small as you want and there are plenty of different ways to configure them.
Here are the wedding reception seating arrangements you need to know.
Round tables are a classic option that never goes out of style. They’re perfect for bigger spaces, like large ballrooms, barns or banquet halls and can usually seat anywhere from 4 to 10 guests.
Rectangular tables are another tried and true style. They can work in just about any type of space and can fit intimate groups of four or massive parties of twenty or more (if you rent extra long ones). If you want something more dramatic, join a few rectangular tables together to make three or four massive banquet tables (like the Great Hall in Harry Potter).
Want to go with bigger and bolder centrepieces? Think about using square tables. This shape offers more space for large floral arrangements and dramatic candle displays, so you can really go all out with your decor.
Mix and match
If you can’t decide on just one table style, mix and match a few different types into a unique wedding reception seating arrangement. A blend of square, round and rectangular tables can really take a space to the next level. If you don’t want to rent several different styles, consider choosing one type for your top table or sweetheart table and a different type for your guest tables. This will really make the VIP section stand out.
Don’t want to separate everyone into their own little table groups? Choose a u-shaped wedding reception seating arrangement. Your head table will be at the front of the room and two long rectangular tables will be placed at either end to create u shape. This setup also works great for small weddings as everyone can be part of a single conversation.
If you’re looking for a wedding reception seating arrangement that’s a bit out of the ordinary, try a serpentine setup. Instead of your tables being joined together in straight lines or separated into their own little islands, they’ll twist and turn around your venue like the body of a snake. This looks especially awesome in outdoor settings, like woodland spaces, wineries and gardens.
Create a relaxed atmosphere by seating your guests in plush chairs and couches. This is definitely less formal than the other options on this list and will really help create a cool, casual vibe. P.S. if you go this route, we suggest opting for a buffet, food stations or cocktail style catering - it can be a bit difficult to do a plated meal with this setup.
Bar tables are another casual option that works great for modern weddings. If you pick this style, you’ll probably need to rent high stools or chairs as well, so remember to work those into your wedding budget.