The tables at your wedding reception are an important part of its look and its comfort. But when it comes to round tables, you may have to deal with some unexpected space and size issues unique to these styles. Here are 5 things you'll want to know before choosing and placing round reception tables.
1. Stick With the Specified Number of Seats
Every rented table comes with a suggested number of seats. While there is some variability — for instance, 60-inch rounds suggest six or seven guests — don't try to go off-script with seat placement. If you place too few chairs at a round table, it will immediately look sparse and unwelcoming. Too many seats, though, and guests will feel crowded and claustrophobic.
2. Don't Expect to Pair Round Tables
Square and rectangle tables have straight sides perfect for pairing with other tables. But with rounds, you lose this ability to bump up tables beside each other. While you can place rounds side-by-side, it's more likely to feel awkward to diners and to look mashed together. Conquer this by renting larger rounds if you may need the extra space and placing dining tables in a more casual, organic layout.
3. Assess Actual Surface Needs First
Because it's difficult to add more tables if you run out of room on a round, make sure you accurately assess the surface area needed for things. The cake table is a perfect example. Do a mock setup at home with the base size of your cake and all the utensils, plates, napkins, silverware, and decorations. This avoids ending up with an oddly-oversize table or everything squished together dangerously.
4. Mix and Match to Maximize Space Usage
Rounds take more space than rectangular tables. One way to maximize how many rounds you can get in a reception is to mix and match styles and sizes. Start with rounds in different sizes — usually both five- and six-foot rounds — to tailor for the space and number of guests. You can also mix and match with children's round tables, cocktail tables, and even lounge spaces.
5. Don't Forget to Add Traffic Space
Finally, don't forget that you must add space around the tables for people to comfortably and safely maneuver. You may need 18 to 24 inches away from the round table for each chair and another 24 inches between these and the next table's chairs. This space adds up quickly, so clever table layout is important in a tight space.
Where to Learn More
Want more tips for using your round tables well within any reception venue? Start by consulting with a party planner in your area who specializes in round table rentals. They will help you find the right mix of sizes, shapes, placement, and seating to make your big day the best it can be.
Reach out to a table rental service to learn more.