Discussing table layouts with my Fiancé (usually super laid back) and my Mum (Queen of the Opinion when it comes to this wedding it seems).... and I’m outnumbered on the topic of table layouts.
I like the idea of a long table layout (so a head table with 2/3 long tables coming down from them - we also get married in Italy and this is more common at Italian weddings which I like. I figured if you sit somebody on the end middle seat (as a “head of the table” would be sat), nobody would be stuck for people to talk to as you talk to the people either side, opposite and diagonal. The person on the end would talk to the people on their left and right.
My Mum and fiancé are both less keen saying it isn’t nice to have to choose who goes at the end as they’ll feel less important, far away from the top table, won’t have as many people to talk to etc. I figure on a round table there are people who end up further away AND with their back to the top table anyway so it’s not really any different, you usually have to shout across the table for the person opposite to hear anyway don’t you?! I know I always tend to end up speaking mainly to the people either side of me.
How have other people made it work? Did you talk to the people at the end? Group certain people at the end (ie teens or work colleagues or people who were in their own friendship group already?). I can’t cope with the idea of table planning causing disagreements fourteen months out already...... 🙄
Our venue looks great with both setups and the food will be plated courses not sharing so not sure that affects the decision!