When it comes to planning a sit down wedding, choosing between long or round tables when it comes to your seating plan can be a real headache. Which layout works best? Fortunately there are no wrong answers when it comes to deciding, but there are several factors to take into consideration.
The three things to consider when you’re locking in your seating chart are numbers (how many guests will you have), venue capacity (what can your venue work with), and overall ambience (how do you want your venue to look and feel). Read on for top tips and visual inspiration to help you decide the best fit for you.
Round tables are a classic choice so if you’re after a timeless and elegant look, favouring round tables could be the way to go. They work well with a multitude of centerpieces, allow more room for styling pieces and ample space for table settings - if you’re thinking of personalising your linens it’s much easier to source various sizes for round tables. If styling is a big factor you might want to consider this option.
They work well when it comes to guest communication. With the distance and positioning between guests being compact it’s easy for everyone on one table to interact, It’s also not difficult to manoeuvre and mingle around the space, from one table to another, for the bride, groom, and guests to interact with each other.
Capella Singapore [Round]
Capella Singapore [Long]
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Amara Singapore [Round]
This table setting at Amara Singapore shows how the large round tables allow for elaborate styling and table settings for a show stopping table design.
Image credit: Amara Singapore
Amara Singapore [Long]
Image credit: Amara Singapore
Long tables are a great option for small spaces and our often chosen for aesthetic reasons as they can create striking symmetry that can look very regal. There may not be as much space for styling if your tables are narrow, but there are a variety of options from table runners, garlands and floral installations, that can make your space look sophisticated and on-trend. Though long tables work well in small spaces and outside they’re not as flexible as round tables when it comes to unconventional room shapes. or spaces that may have fixed objects or pillars. It’s best to choose a venue that has an unobstructed space to make the most of what this table choice has to offer.
Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore [Long]
Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore [Round]
Image credit: Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa [Long]
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa [Round]
Image credit: Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
Chijmes is a great example of the regal atmosphere long tables can create. In the narrow space the two lines of tables, running alongside grand arches and chandeliers, draws your eye to the bridal table.
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Best of Both Worlds
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Why not have the best of both worlds and utilise the two options. This table setup at the Shangri La designates one long table for the bridal team and seats the remaining guests on rounds. Perfect If your wedding party is big, as the long table allows you all to sit comfortably together
The White Rabbit
With both you can make the most of what your venue has to offer. For example, If your space as fixed circular booths like White Rabbit, sit some guests there and run a long table down the aisle for the rest. It utilises all the available space and creates an informal, cosy atmosphere.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Or why not mix it up and have a combination of tables to fit the space. Review your guest list and see who you want to group together, sit your sizable groups on long tables and smaller on rounds to suit.