When you first imagine your future reception, how do you picture your seated guests? Around large round tables arranged in a particular order or pattern? That has indeed become the norm. But somewhat recently we’ve noticed the emergence of banquet-style seating; long, straight tables lined with chairs, table settings, and centerpieces.
Okay, okay, so the idea of banquet-style seating isn’t entirely new. Back in the day of kings and queens, surely it was the only way to party! And if you look at old photographs of large events, long tables that appear to go on for miles are frequent. But today, the style is definitely back. And for good reason, too!
Check out these old photographs:
Some pros include:
-being able to fit more people around one table, of which you can fit into a smaller space
-depending on centerpiece choice, you may require fewer centerpieces, or, you might be able to spread them out and use a few smaller accents in addition to a main piece.
-guests generally only talk with the people directly to their left, right, and front
-guests might be seated closer together if tight on space
-depending on position, it’s very likely a good portion of your guests will have to turn their head to be able to see the dance floor, the cutting of the cake, etc.
Check out these examples from artfool (I’m obsessed):