Let’s Talk Floor Plans

We know that we fall in the rare cat­e­gory of peo­ple who truly enjoy a good floor plan. When we see a cou­ple that has really nailed their table arrange­ments, our hearts flut­ter. But…we know that it isn’t so easy for every­one. One of the more dif­fi­cult things that a cou­ple has to do before their wed­ding is fig­ur­ing out their floor plan. Often­times you don’t have your RSVPs back until a month before your wed­ding. This leaves you with very lit­tle time to decide if your con­ser­v­a­tive Uncle Tim is going to love or hate the chance to sit with your fiancé’s free spir­ited sis­ter for din­ner at an inti­mate fam­ily table. So let’s talk floor plans.

The first major David-Champagne-Photography-20170129-0163deci­sion you need to make is if you will be hav­ing a seat­ing chart or not. Cock­tail style recep­tions (with lim­ited seat­ing to encour­age guests min­gling) don’t need one because not every­one will have a seat. If you aren’t hav­ing a cock­tail style recep­tion, but still don’t want to deal with a pesky seat­ing chart, you can go rouge and let guests pick their own seats. (This doesn’t work for a plated meal though!) If you decide to do this, we rec­om­mend putting a few extra seats out that way your col­lege friends aren’t pulling chairs from every table so that all 12 of them can sit together. We also rec­om­mend mak­ing sure to mark a reserved sec­tion for fam­ily. Since they will be tak­ing for­mal pic­tures with you and your sig­nif­i­cant other after the cer­e­mony, you want to make sure that your guests haven’t taken all of the seats close to the action. Noth­ing is worse than see­ing a fam­ily mem­ber pushed to the back of the room because they didn’t get in early enough to reserve them­selves a seat.

David-Champagne-Photography-20170129-0029If you decide that assigned seat­ing is for you, you have to decide what kinds of tables you will be using. Our stan­dard tables are 72 inch rounds which com­fort­ably accom­mo­date 10 guests but can squeeze up to 12. Keep in mind that if you will be using charg­ers in your décor, we rec­om­mend stay­ing as close to 10 guests as pos­si­ble to allow for more space for the charg­ers and flat­ware.

Another option you have are king tables or long ban­quet tables. These are great ways to cre­ate a unique lay­out and also allows for you to put more peo­ple together. We often see cou­ples that opt for a sweet­heart table (just the two of them) and use a long ban­quet table for their bridal party instead of split­ting them up. Ban­quet tables and king tables are also great for larger fam­i­lies so that they can all sit together too! This is a great way to make sure all of your fam­ily feels hon­ored with­out hav­ing to worry about split­ting them into smaller groups.

David-Champagne-Photography-20170129-0047Look­ing for some­thing other than rounds or long tables, or even some­thing to go along with these tables? Square tables really help to cre­ate a visu­ally inter­est­ing space. They can accom­mo­date 812 guests and are very trendy in wed­dings lately. No need for all of your tables to match either – mix it up with all of these options to best fit dif­fer­ent groups of guests!

Just remem­ber, at the end of the day, the most impor­tant thing is that your guests are at your wed­ding.

Pho­tog­ra­phy: David Cham­pagne

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