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More Than One Way To Set a Table - Reception seating goes wild

- Thursday, November 29, 2012
Most receptions seem to format the space the same way, guests seated around large, round tables.  It started off slowly, with a bride occasionally asking to “mix up” her reception format and set the tables differently.  Let me tell you, it makes all the difference in the world.  With a variation in table styles, you have the opportunity to introduce variety.  Variety in tables means varied linens and centerpieces.  Guests will surely be wowed when they take in the sights of your big day.


Long Tables
Also known as family style seating and banquet seating; these tables are becoming more popular.  Total Events stocks a custom table we refer to as our Emperor table.  This table is a standard 8’ long, but holds an extra 12” in width to accommodate comfortable table settings and centerpiece arrangements.  These tables are perfect for family style catering service, rustic barn receptions and can be mixed in with round tables and square tables for dimension in your reception space.  


Square Tables
A square table is a bold move.  When we first purchased these stylish tables, brides didn’t know what to make of them.  They have gained popularity over the years with our “fashion forward” clients.  These tables seat 8 guests and fill a room nicely.  They offer ample space for centerpiece arrangements and add a sense of drama to the room with their clean lines.


Cocktail Seating
Many brides opt to not have a sit down dinner and to rather focus on mingling.  A cocktail style reception is host of a variety of seating options including tall cocktail tables, short cocktail tables, smaller rounds and even lounge installations.  In these situations we like to create intimate seating areas for guests to converge in.  They can mill about the event without having to commit to a table for the entire evening and feel free to get up, eat, dance and then find a new nook to settle into.


No matter what your reception style is, Total Events has the tables, chairs and linens to fit your needs.  Creating custom seating layouts is so easy with the right equipment, and it is all right here for you to enjoy!