Friday, April 20, 2007

Have a Seat

Arranging the seating chart is exciting and nerve wracking. Exciting because it means your wedding is only a few weeks, or even days away, and nerve wracking because it's always hard to seat guests when you're dealing with difficult family dynamics and odd numbers of people.

The traditional round table seats anywhere from 8 to 12 people. If you want to create an interesting look for your wedding reception you may opt for square tables where you have 2, 3 or 4 people on each side, depending on the dimensions of the table.

For a banquet style, you can use long rectangular tables that fit any where from 4 on each side, and one person at each end, or you can put several tables together creating a long table with 40-50 or more at one big table. If you do decide on this look, remember that guests should be able to get in and out effortlessly so they can easily get to the bathroom or dance floor.

Talk to your location manager and/or florist about linens for square or rectangular tables because you may have to rent the table AND the tablecloths.

The beautiful, long table, featured above was photographed by Tempting Weddings Photography based in California. You can visit their site to check out their beautiful work, or visit their blog, which features albums of real weddings they've shot. You'll get a great idea of how Ken & Teresa shoot weddings. The images in each “album” they post include: getting ready, formal portraits, the ceremony, reception and the details.


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