For someone who has never taken much interest in weddings before becoming engaged the process of planning a reception seems like a long and extremely daunting one, full of terms that I had never heard of before in real life (calligraphy anyone?!) and potential pitfalls regarding having a ‘theme’ and choosing a ‘palette’ with ‘accents’ (what the hell?!). To be honest, I asked my creative mum who has an amazing eye for detail to take the reins on most of those decisions. However, there was always one thing that I knew I wanted for the reception: a long, banquet style table set up.
I wanted this look for the following reasons:
- It’s DIFFERENT. Although becoming more popular it stands out from the regular round tables with a top table set up.
- I don’t like round tables. No offence I just find them too formal and they remind me of corporate events.
- I couldn’t deal with the stress of who would sit at the top table. My brother?! Sister in law? What about Bridesmaids partners?! Minefield.
- I had seen sooo many cute pictures on Pinterest of long tables covered in jam jars full of flowers and I was won over.
Let me tell you something. I received a lot of opposition to this decision. ‘But how will people talk to each other?!’, ‘People won’t mingle!’, ‘I won’t hear the speeches if I’m on the end…’ Honestly, I had so many comments like this. But I’m so glad I stuck to my guns and had the long table.
We had 50 guests in total so 25 on each side with Paul and I in the middle. The seating plan was easy because I sat couples opposite each other and mixed up family groups and age groups. It worked really well and everyone mixed in. Plus the fact that the table looked stunning with the jam jars and all the guests commented on how amazing it looked! It gave the wedding much more of the casual, ‘big family meal’ feel that was so important to me.
Go for it girls! Break table tradition!