What's Good And Bad About Round Table Event Seating

by Elizabeth Hollingsworth January 22, 2018 1 min read

 

 

Our previous post discussed what's good and bad about long tables when planning your guest seating. Here we look at round tables!

Advantages of round tables 

 

  

  • Most venues offer fold-down round tables to seat 8 or 10 so you won't need to order them in
  • Round tables give a formal, elegant air to your event - they're typically best for glamorous affairs
  • They are the best shape of tables for allowing full conversation among guests
  • There is no "best" position on a round table - think of the Knights of the Round Table where they were all equal
  • They are ideal for uneven guest numbers ie a smaller table of 7
  • They provide more central space for elaborate centrepieces
  • They appeal to many Asian couples for their good Feng Shui (thanks to their lack of angles)

Disadvantages of round tables

  • Round-shaped tables are rarely considered cutting-edge or "trendy" by stylists
  • A round table seating 10 people takes up more space in a venue than a long table for the same number of guests
  • They take waiters longer to serve food and it takes longer for stylists to style the table
  • They require bigger and therefore more expensive tablecloths
  • Round tables need taller centrepieces than long tables (even in standard ceiling-height venues) to create focal drama thanks to their diameter width which is obviously much wider than for long tables
  • Round tables are the wrong shaped tables to use small floral posy vases, without your decor looking lost and underwhelming to your guests.



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