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Communal Tables

Wheather it’s outrageously glamorous weddings or a corporate gala dinner, the trend today is to seat guests at long communal tables.

As with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages to hiring long rectangular tables for your event.

Advantages:

  • You save money on venue space hire as they take up less space
  • It’s trendy
  • It’s easier to take stunning photos of a long line of decor at the table unimpeded by guests’ backs
  • You save money on tablecloth hire because you need fewer long tablecloths than round tablecloths for the same number of guests
  • Long rustic communal tables are faster for staff, your stylist and yourself to set up, decorate and/or serve guests at than round tables
  • It creates an intimate sense of community with your immediate table neighbours

Disadvantages:

  • You may need to hire rectangular tables if your venue only supplies round tables
  • Long tables prevent free conversation across the entire table
  • People seated at the end have fewer people to talk to and don’t feel special as a result
  • Most long tables are surprisingly narrow which will limit your centrepiece options
  • People are more likely to switch guest place cards on a long table than on a round table if they don’t like where they’ve been seated.

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