Couples and especially the brides spend a lot of time planning and making preparations for their wedding reception more than any other part of the wedding! A wedding reception is full of logistical choices you've been going through over and over again in the months leading up to your big day, from the yacht club to ballroom to beachside.
Perhaps the biggest decision after deciding on the venue is exactly how the room will come together?
Design elements aside, the "Who's going to sit where?" issue. "is followed by" How many tables in this room can we fit? "And "How many people would be seated at this table? When it comes to making a schedule, the wedding planner prioritizes all of these and knows that there is a great reception arrangement for all sorts of couples and celebrations with so many choices.
It can be overwhelming, to say the least, to manage the process of room styles and guest counts, deciding the best table set up for a reception, particularly when you take into account the adjustments that are required due to acceptable social distancing protocols of COVID-19.
There could be a few restrictions on the type of wedding decorations you can bring in or changes you can make to the room, depending on your venue contract. For example, it is probably not okay for a museum or historic wedding venue to alter or damage their walls in any way.
Or maybe your style is minimalism, and you're just not into the concept of a lot of decors, but you also want the celebration to be customized. Or you need to adhere to a strict about saving money, buying products you can use or resell realistically again.
Here are a few wedding reception table decoration ideas that are beautiful and impactful but totally low maintenance:
· Banquet Tables
The dream of a planner is to get everything perfectly in line when it comes to the table setup: "I love it fully lined up so you cannot find one thing off when you look down the table-all the chairs are correctly lined up, napkins straight, and chargers exactly one inch from the bottom edge of the surface of the table." Banquet style tables are made by putting rectangular tables together. These kinds of tables create more intimate and cozier feelings, so they are ideal for family-style or casual dining and minimal space restrictions. Use smaller clusters of varied floral arrangements instead of using one larger lonely floral centerpiece.
· Circular Tables
For round or circular tables, a little fabric can do amazing. Keep it formal and stylish with white cotton, or go for a vibrant color like yellow if you're after a lively vibe. Bonus: Take this approach, and you can get the same decked-out reception look and go light on the table decor.
Round tables, from an outdoor reception under a tent to the country club, can be incorporated in almost any room style, a perfect addition to a more 'family-style' atmosphere. You need to keep floral arrangements fewer than 14 inches or over 20 inches high for a circular table to make it easy for guests to talk with each other across the table. It also depends upon the size of your venue. Never make your space look cramped with tall centerpieces in low-ceilinged venues.
· Rectangular Tables
Rectangular tables can seat anywhere from a larger group of 10 to a more intimate grouping of only four, depending on the duration. Usually, you can use a 4 'x 8' oversized rectangular table. This provides more room for your charger, glassware, and more for seated dinners while still allowing plenty of floral room in the center of the table. "A rectangular table creates a sort of symmetry across space, ideal for an outdoor reception (with or without a tent)."
On the downside, when it comes to rectangular tables, you might probably run into a few hang-ups from a catering perspective. "This can need more servers to be able to accommodate a large group at one table, depending on the type of service and how many servers you have. You can theoretically serve a whole table at once, but if you have 40 people at one table, that means you'd need 20 servers to be able to serve at one time. With a top table of eight, you need just four servers.
· Square Tables
Square tables continue to grow on the list of the first choice of reception configuration for seating, a great option for a smaller, more intimate guest list. A square table can comfortably accommodate a larger centerpiece design (floral or otherwise) with more surface area to cover and create a sense of togetherness for guests. Square tables are similar to rounds in that in almost every reception room, and they can work.
Square tables have more space than round ones in the center, so it is good to keep floral centerpieces larger. Adding more height instead of width is a smart way to make arrangements feel more substantial. You also have the option of using clusters of votive candles to fill any empty areas.
· Head Table
Where a sweetheart table offers the couple a moment during the celebration to themselves, what could be more enjoyable than dining with your closest and most beloved? A head table makes a fantastic statement, as it is normally positioned in the room to face the guest tables, with its members all sitting on the same side of the table instead of facing each other.
This makes it a little harder for the bridal party and family to interact with each other since you will only be able to have discussions with the person seated directly next to you on either side. Still, it provides an unmistakable position of honor for those invited to sit with the happy couple. Use floral pieces that are smaller in height to decorate a head table. It is far better to make your floral arrangements broader than larger to provide comfort and stylish looks for the wedding.
· Mix & Match Tables
The best thing about your wedding day is that every single part of it can be personalized, right down to the tables! The possibility of providing a mix of table sizes and shapes brings a reception layout and aspect of sophistication, simply because it creates the illusion that the room has been tailored to meet your needs. Make a combination of at least two table shapes and two kinds of floral arrangements. If it is the same color but two kinds or a combination of farm tables and a linen-covered table, this type often works well with your combination linens.