When planning the wedding, the table arrangement is an important aspect. It influences the atmosphere in the room and is the basis for many other decisions. We'll tell you what you should consider when arranging the table and what options you have for arranging the tables at your wedding celebration.
The table arrangement is about determining the shape and arrangement of the tables in the room. Only when this is established can you tackle the seating arrangement and assign your guests the desired seats. The table arrangement is the basis for many other planning steps and should therefore be thought through as early as possible. Depending on the size of the rooms, it can influence the possible number of guests. If you want a certain table arrangement, this can also determine the choice of the rooms for your celebration.
Get started with creating the table arrangement for the wedding
Before you can determine the table arrangement, you should have a rough idea of how many guests you are expecting. Their number decides which table arrangements are suitable for your celebration. Depending on the size of the wedding party, there are table arrangements that are considered ideal. We present some of them to you below.
For small weddings with up to 10 guests, you usually only have to choose between a round and a square table. A wedding party of 11 to 50 people is considered to be medium in size. If there are more guests, one speaks of large wedding parties.
If you know the approximate number of guests, you can start looking for a suitable location. Their room structure and size also influence the table arrangement. It can also exclude some possibilities from the outset, for example if only angular, but no round tables are available in a room.
In addition, it is important for your table planning to be clear about your wishes as the bride and groom. Do you want a classic wedding with a wedding table , at which the bride and groom, bride's parents and groommen sit? Or do you prefer casual wedding tables that invite you to communicate with as many guests as possible?
Round or square tables?
In the next step you should decide on the shape of the tables. You have the choice between round or square tables. For a traditional table arrangement with a bridal table, angular tables are ideal. They can be combined in different arrangements and arranged to create beautiful banqueting tables that can also accommodate larger groups together.
Round tables, on the other hand, encourage looser arrangements. They look more harmonious than square tables if you opt for free-standing tables. This option is ideal if you want to offer your guests as many opportunities as possible to get into conversation with others. They also allow more freedom of movement in the room.
Plan a children's table
If you are expecting more than two to three children at your wedding who are no longer of toddler age, a children's table is a popular option. The children can play together on it and keep themselves busy. It also offers the children a place of retreat, especially at large weddings, where they can eat in peace and get creative.
The children's table should be placed in such a way that there is also freedom of movement around the table. You can put painting supplies on it and position it so that you can even set up a small play area next to it.
These table arrangements are possible
If you have a rough idea of the number of guests, the shape of the tables and the rooms, you can determine the table arrangement for the wedding.
The long table
A long wedding table is a classic that is particularly suitable for a smaller wedding. The bride and groom are usually placed in the middle, close relatives and friends sit next to them. Sometimes the bride and groom also sit at the head of the wedding table.
Several long tables or wedding tables and individual tables
For larger wedding parties there is the option of setting up several long tables in a row. The bridal couple ideally sits in such a way that they are placed at the outer table and can be easily seen by everyone.
A long table can also be combined with individual tables. These can be round or square. Here, too, it is ideal to place the other tables so that the wedding couple can be seen clearly. This option is especially chosen for large wedding parties, as the number of tables is variable. For the necessary room size you calculate about three square meters per person.
The U shape
As an extension of the T-shape, the U-shape offers around 50 to 60 percent more space for guests. With her, the long wedding table is supplemented by two cross tables. Even with the U-shape, the bride and groom sit in the middle. Here it can be clearly seen by the guests and can keep eye contact with them.
However, there is something to consider with the U-shape. Guests sitting at the inner and outer corners should have enough space and thus sufficient freedom of movement. For a comfortable seating experience, a width of 60 to 70 centimeters is usually calculated for each guest. If there is not enough space with the simple U-shape, it can be supplemented with additional tables.
The E shape
With the E-shape, another cross table is added to the U-shape in the middle. This shape is therefore suitable for medium to large wedding parties. The bride and groom sit in the middle of the long table and look at three other tables. The wedding table should be long enough so that the guests do not feel cramped. There should be a space of at least one and a half meters between the cross tables.
The closed and the almost closed U-shape
Another option for an extended U-shape are tables that are placed next to each other to form a square or rectangle. The wedding couple sits in the middle of the so-called honor table. The guests either sit on the outside or also on the inside. This table arrangement is recommended for medium-sized wedding parties.
Even if only the outside is occupied, it is advisable not to place the tables next to each other completely. Through a small gap, plates can be cleared from the inside or drinks can be served. The almost closed U-shape also offers the possibility of using the interior for small demonstrations.
Table arrangement with free-standing tables
Free-standing wedding tables offer the best conditions for a communicative, dynamic celebration. They are also considered an inexpensive option for large wedding parties, but are generally suitable for wedding parties of all sizes. With this table arrangement, the guests can move more freely and easily in the room and between the seats and thus communicate more easily with others.
So that the bride and groom remain the center of the party with this table arrangement, they should be placed as centrally as possible. But you can also choose a table at the edge from which you can easily see what's going on and keep in good contact with all guests.
More tips and suggestions
Which table arrangement you decide on ultimately depends on the type of celebration, the rooms and the number of guests. In any case, it is advisable to try out the table arrangement before the celebration and to test whether the atmosphere is right and the freedom of movement in the room is sufficient.
Sufficient freedom of movement
All guests should be able to move around the room easily and sit comfortably. Ensures that the guests are not too close to the tables and that nobody has to be placed directly in front of the table legs. There should be enough space between the tables so that there is enough space in the aisles even when the chairs are pushed back. There should also be enough freedom of movement for serving drinks. If a buffet is planned, it should be arranged in such a way that there is enough space between the tables and the buffet for the queue in front of it.
In addition to the tables for the guests, a gift table is common, on which the wedding gifts, flowers and greeting cards are placed. If you would like a champagne reception before the celebration, you can also set up bar tables in the outdoor area or in the foyer.
Music and dance floor
If music is planned, the loudspeakers should be placed at an appropriate distance from the seats. In this way, the guests can stay in conversation even during musical entertainment. You should also check whether there is enough space for the dance floor with the table arrangement you have chosen.
Once you have determined the table arrangement, you can now create a seating plan for the wedding if you wish . You can start thinking about the table arrangement as soon as you know the approximate number of guests. To determine the seating arrangement, however, you should wait for the feedback on the invitations.
Whether a seating arrangement makes sense or you can do without it depends entirely on you and the desired design of your celebration. Seating arrangements have the advantage that you can distribute guests in a targeted manner and thus avoid discrepancies if necessary. In the case of relaxed, dynamic celebrations, however, many couples also forego a fixed seating arrangement. You are betting that as many different guests as possible come into conversation with each other.