There’s a large variety of table shapes and sizes that can, and probably will, be used at your wedding. Adorned with linens, centerpieces, and place settings, tables are a huge component in the design and overall feel of your special day.

A few table facts…

Traditional 60 inch round tables typically have a linen and can seat 8-10 people, depending on the chairs and if there are chargers on the table. Then there are traditional 6 foot and 8 foot tables that also have a linen and can seat between 6-8 guests. Most couples choose to use round tables for the guests and use the 6 & 8 foot tables for buffet/food stations, cake, head table and/or sweetheart table, guest book & gift table. This is mainly due to most venues offering a large amount of round tables and a more limited number of 6 & 8 foot tables.

For non-traditional seating, mix 60 inch rounds with long tables. This tends to give the reception a nice, spacious flow and makes it seem less like a banquet. You could also do only long, family-style tables.

Now, on to the tops of the tables – my favorite part!

Some affordable tips for getting the most out of your tables…

  • Make the special tables unique. For example, put a specialty linen on your sweetheart or head table and cake table or opt for a unique table that doesn’t need a linen like a farm table.

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  • Have three different centerpiece designs so all of the tables look cohesive, but a little different. Flowers are aesthetically pleasing so try to incorporate that into each design, even if it’s just some bud vases with 1 or 2 blooms surrounding a large candle.
  • Opt for candles/votives. You can usually get votives online or somewhere like At Home (Garden Ridge) for relatively cheap and they add such a beautiful and romantic touch to each table.
  • Chargers make a difference. Chargers are those big plate-like things that go under the actual plate. It makes a world of a difference when the tables are set with chargers and you can rent them from local event rental companies or buy them at places like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

How are you setting the tables at your wedding? And what kind of tables are you using?

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