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Sometimes when planning your wedding day, the idea of reception tables gets overlooks. A great reason to hire a stylist or wedding planner!⁠

Sweetheart Table

My brides spend so much time reviewing their decorations, centerpieces, and napkins but have trouble choosing the perfect table setups. You'll want to select a table that suits your wedding style, vibe, and overall decor. When choosing the layout, take into consideration who is seated where and what your venue is capable of accommodating.⁠

You may think..."Kathryn, what options do I have other than Rounds and Rectangles?" Well, you can do a lot of tables! ⁠


Rectangle Tables for the couple and wedding party sit on one side and face the guests. You will see this setup commonly used at everyday weddings.⁠


Round table or Square table for just the couple. This is a GREAT way to spend some time with your significant other during dinner.⁠


Semi circle tables can be used as a half-circle or full circle. This is a unique set up but commonly used in difficult venues. ⁠


Rectangle tables usually narrow in size and length to fit a large number of people. This setup is a smart choice in fitting more people into your venue space and allows a social atmosphere for your guests.⁠


Rectangle tables, one being the central table and two other tables placed perpendicular and running parallel. Play around with this and add a third table running parallel to accommodate more people!⁠


Square tables are typically used for smaller groups that seat up to 8 people. This set up can accommodate a family-style dinner well due to the amount of table space.⁠


You do you boo! Seriously, consider mix and matching the table setups and have some fun with it, it's your wedding day!⁠

You Do You!

Image 1: Photo:@kathrynmclarenphotography, Makeup:@cassidywattmakeup, Hair:@cassidywattmakeup, Stationery:@pureweddesign, Florals:@fleurichcreations, Venue:@sanctuarygardens, Dress:@firstcomeslovebridal, Cake:@cakes_joanna, Plates:@picnic.decor, Silks:@sheerflorals, Model:@paigesarahmack

Image 2: Photo:@kathrynmclarenphotography⁠, Makeup:@gingerturleymakeup, Hair:@gingerturleymakeup⁠, Venue:@rusticweddingsorrento⁠, Florals:@fern_and_frond⁠, Silks:@sheerflorals⁠, Cake:@cocoadotcakes⁠, Dress:@firstcomeslovebridal⁠, Stationary:@pureweddesign⁠, Plates:@picnic.decor⁠, Bride:@_emily.phillips_, Groom:@carter_eschyschyn⁠, Agency:@dejavumodelmgmt

Image 3: Photo:@kathrynmclarenphotography, Video: @eastowestproductions, Florals: @florabelladecoranddesign

Kathryn is an Okanagan and Kamloops based weddings and elopement photographer.