Table Talk! Wedding Layouts – Long vs Round Tables

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Hello lovely readers! I hope this post finds you well! For all you wonderful Spring Summer brides, your head is probably turning to the finer details and perhaps the layout and table plan of your wedding reception, but how do you decide which style is for you? Today’s post is all about uncovering the pros and cons about different table layouts and how you can decide which to choose.

Long Tables vs Round Tables…It’s a much talked about topic, so hopefully we’ll uncover a few things for you to think about, as well as some inspiration for dressing your chosen style.

Enjoy!

Mirlah xox

 

Firstly, it is worth checking with your venue to see what furniture is included. For some venues, the space alone will determine whether you opt for long or round tables and others may not offer a choice, whilst this may limit you to a table type, there are still many different layout ideas to consider depending on the feel you want to create at your wedding breakfast. If you find you do have to source your own furniture or your budget allows you to break free from the mould of what your venue offers, then there might be a little more to consider… let’s get thinking!

 

 

Round Tables

Some would say this is the more traditional set up for a wedding reception but traditional doesn’t mean boring and this style lends itself to a sociable layout, especially if you have obvious groups of friends or family that you’d like to seat together.

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Pros of Round Wedding Tables:

–  A classic timeless feel.

– You can have fun creating quirky and meaningful table names.

– Many venues can offer 2 sizes of round table perfect if you wanted a more intimate feel or have smaller groups of guests to seat.

– Easier to move around.

Cons of round Wedding Tables:

- They can take up more space than long tables.

- Classic and timeless isn’t for everyone.

- They can make the seating plan more complicated as you may feel like you have to pigeon hole people to a certain table.

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk
Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

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Styling round tables:

Have fun creating quirky centrepieces by stacking up vintage books and flowers. Bell jars are a trend we’re seeing a lot of recently… fill with flowers and little treasure for a beautiful and personal inspired centrepiece.

Other things to consider:

Whilst large centrepieces can create a real wow factor, if they are too big and bulky the table may become less sociable as your guests won’t be able to see and talk to each other as easily.

Long Tables

This style of table often lends itself to a more relaxed wedding reception. Perfect for family style dining which is becoming increasingly popular, why not serve up afternoon tea or grazing platters for your guests to dig into?

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

Pros of Long Wedding Tables:

– Relaxed & sociable atmosphere.

– Suits itself to marquee and barn weddings.

– Table runners look super gorgeous on long tables.

– Lots of little bottles for centrepieces can be less expensive than one large centrepieces.

– Can take up less space than round tables.

 

Cons of Long Wedding Tables:

– People on the ends may feel left out.

– People in the middle have to walk round the whole table when leaving their seat.

– Designing a table plan with different table names is harder as you’ve got a lot more people to seat. Your guests will need an indication as to where abouts they are sitting and on what side as apposed to just – Auntie Sue is on table 2.

 

 Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk
Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk
Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

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Styling Long Wedding Tables:

Consider smaller centrepieces dotted down the middle of long tables. Mismatched jam jars or vintage bottles are still a firm favourite amongst D&J brides and Karen has a whole heap available to hire.

Other things to consider:

When it comes to doing your table plan, try not think of it as one giant table. Many 6ft trestles seat 6 people so try grouping people in smaller groups first then join them together.

Also, if you are working with trestle tables, why not get creative and create square tables but putting 2 together? Or for a different take on the round tables, simply use them on their own for smaller more intimate layout.

 

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

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Quirky Layouts

If long tables or round tables just aren’t doing it for you, then how about some of these quirky layouts for your wedding reception?

Mix it up.

If you just cannot decide, then how about both!? Great for different sized groups and perfect for a larger spaces, go ahead and mix up round and long tables for a cool feel.

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk
The more the merrier:Perfect for smaller and more intimate weddings, why not create a layout that groups everyone together – try U- shapes or squares and rectangles for a beautiful intimate style.

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk
Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

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Top Tables

Finally, Top tables! A must have for some and a headache for others, whether you go for a traditional long top table with all the necessary bridal party or do away with it all together, take a look at these ideas for a little inspiration.

Traditional long top table:

So who needs to be up there on the top table with you? Traditionally this is how it looks:

Maid of Honour | Father of the Groom | Mother of the Bride | Groom | Bride | Father of the Bride | Mother of the Groom| Best Man

Of course, as with all aspects of your wedding, you can choose to mix it up as you feel fit. A traditional long top table seats 8 looking out onto the guests and this is by far the most common and often practical way of laying out your wedding tables especially when its all eyes on the bridal party for the speeches.

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

Round Top Table:

If you don’t want to feel as though you are on display or if space doesn’t allow for a long enough top table, then opting for a round top table could be the way to go. You and your bridal party can enjoy a meal altogether and socialise a little better than on a longer table and for the speeches, everyone will still be able to see you.

Sweetheart Tables:

If a top table simply isn’t for you, how about a cutely named ‘Sweetheart Table’? Go it alone and enjoy your first meal as husband and wife together – just you two! This is great way to make sure you spend time together in the day and can eliminate any arguments with families, if you’re finding organising the top table difficult.

Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk
Table Talk! Wedding Layouts - Long vs Round Tables | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

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Bridal Party Hosts:

If you do get rid of the traditional top table, then you don’t necessarily have to have all your family seated together, an alternative way is to get your bridal party to ‘host’ their own table, great if you want to mix up your guests and not seat the obvious people together.

Phew! So there we go! Hopefully lots of helpful advice for you to think about when thinking about your Wedding Reception table layout, what are you going for? Did your venue not supply the right style and you hired or have you opted for a quirky layout? Come and let us know over on Facebook!

Featured Image: Matt Brown Photography


7:06 30 March 2015

3 of the Hottest Spring / Summer Wedding Trends 2015

3 of the Hottest Spring/Summer Wedding Trends 2015

Hey there lovelies.  Hope everyone is well! We’ve got some serious wedding goodness on the blog today.  Three of the hottest trends for this summer’s weddings. Whether you’re looking for fun and colourful, relaxed and boho or glam and decadent there should be something to tickle everyones fancy today.

Hope you Enjoy!

Mirlah xox

 

 

1) Club Tropicana

Oh hello fun-tastic, colour-popping, wedding goodness.  These days you can’t swing a pineapple anywhere without bumping into a vibrant pink flamingo and maybe a palm tree and I for one am not complaining. I love this style with a passion and if you’re after a relaxed and colourful wedding day with bags of personality, then this Club Tropicana trend might just be for you.

Colour: Pops of pink with turquoise and orange and hints of metallic gold are the go to colours for this vibrant, summer inspired wedding style.

Pattern: Bold blocks of colour and geometric shapes.

Details: Source quirky and colourful props, sunglasses and a few inflatable flamingoes, add a fringed backdrop and you’ve got yourself a Photo Booth for your guests to have some fun in the evening. Set up a wedding hashtag on Instagram or even hire/buy a Polaroid camera to create a alternative guestbook.

DIY Brides: Spray paint pineapples gold or bright colours for fabulously fun wedding decor.

Flowers: Luscious hot pink or coral peonies (coral sunset are a must have) with cute daisies and pop them in a hollowed out pineapple for the perfect tropical-inspired centrepiece. Tip.. Find a jar or vase to put inside the pineapple so your beautiful blooms don’t get thirsty.

Club Tropicana - 3 of the hottest Spring/Summer Wedding Trends 2015 | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

 Image Credits: Pineapple vase: Sugar & Cloth  | Colour Pop Table: Oh Joy | Aloha LightBox: Hey Style

Bright flowers: Belle and Beau Photography via Rock My Wedding  | Flamingo Cake: The House that Lars Built

Bar Cart: The Glitter Guide  | Yum & Garland : Bright & Bold

2) That 70s Vibe

I’m kicking myself already for throwing out my flared bootleg jeans as they are all over the high street at the mo and of course this 70s, bohemian trend is filtering through to wedding industry as quick as you can say ‘Peace & Love’ This style is all about earthy colours, relaxed and carefree elegance and embracing nature and different textures.

Colour: Deep colours such as maroons, forest greens mixed with burnt orange and mustard.

Pattern: Anything goes for this trend, think 70s vintage prints, antique rugs, bohemian lace and string art.

Details: Why not opt for a relaxed sharing style wedding breakfast with bare trestles tables adorned with tins of daisies and patterned table runners? Serve up platters of gorgeous meats, cheese and breads for a fabulous, family style feast.

DIY Brides: Macramé! It is going to be big news this summer…. and if you fancied taking on a wedding crafting project, this is the one for you. Add a little to your wedding cake like below or go big by creating a backdrop for your wedding table or Photo Booth. I have been so inspired by Frida Florentina recently, definitely check her out here and on instagram!

Flowers: Daisies, sunflowers and plenty of mixed foliage such as ferns and eucalyptus.

That 70s Vibe - 3 of the hottest Spring/Summer Wedding Trends 2015 | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

 Image Credits: Macrame Cake: Green Wedding Shoes | Daisy Chain Crown: Love Threads

Chill Out Area: When Geeks Wed | VW Campervan: Love this Pic 

Trio of cakes: Ruffled Blog | Free Love Sign: Rustic Wedding Chic | 70s Boho Bride: Magnolia Rouge

3) Moroccan Magic

Bold prints, jewel tones and as many tea lights as you can possibly find is the recipe to create some serious Moroccan magic. This look is all about creating a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with and underlying tone of pure decadence and luxury.

Colour: Decadent jewel tones such as kingfisher blue, deep raspberry and brass all make for a sumptuous colour palette.

Pattern: Oh the patterns! If anyone has been lucky enough to visit the wondrous city that is Marrakech, you’ll know that every street, door and pavement is adorned with the most beautiful patterns. These stunning patterns and shapes are perfect for translating into your wedding stationery or cake design.

Details: Create a chill out area lit with an abundance of lanterns and tea lights in coloured votives. Add patterned cushions, metallic moroccan poofs and low tables to create a beautiful place for your guests to recharge their dancing feet.

DIY Brides: Mimic the beautiful silk tassels by making your own out of tissue paper. There a thousands of tutorials online and you can buy tissue paper in so many colours that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Flowers: Go for striking, flower heavy centrepieces with opulent jewel tones of purple, red and pink. If in season both ranunculus’ and dahlia’s would be perfect for creating this luscious look.

Moroccan Magic - 3 of the hottest Spring/Summer Wedding Trends 2015 | Darby & Joan www.darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

 Image Credits: Moroccan Lounge: Michigan Design | Tassels: Burda Style

Moroccan Table: Glamour | Bride in Marrakech: The Lane | Tiles: Pedro Villa Verde

Moroccan Poof: Moon to Moon | Jewel Coloured Glassware: Wedding Colours

Ok, so I’m totally torn, which is you favourite look? Any DIY brides out there going to try an of the ideas come and let us know over on Facebook.

You may also like:

Wedding Colour Trends for 2015

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17:34 19 March 2015

Industrial Chic – The West Mills

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

Hello lovely people.  We have a treat for you today.  In January we organised and styled a shoot at Derbyshire’s newest wedding venue (so new it is still being refurbished!).  Patience isn’t always a virtue and I couldn’t wait until the venue was finished before we pulled this together.  Not to say it was easy – far from it!   Inches of dust, freezing cold, noise bursts of the drills and machinery and a big old empty space to fill and dress to try and show you a little tiny bit of the venue’s potential.

A proportion of my house contents is featured in this shoot and all the wooden furniture is available to hire if you see anything you like the look of for your wedding.

About the venue – The West Mill is a magnificent Grade I Listed former industrial mill. Dating back to the early 1800’s, it is now being restored and converted into a beautiful and unique wedding venue. Originally built as a cotton spinning mill, the building played an important part in history and the industrial revolution.

The renovation is retaining the industrial architecture of the 1800’s with impressive barrel vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls and cast iron columns and beams.   Occupying a superb setting on the riverbanks of the River Derwent and the waterfall over the historic weir, The West Mill will be licensed for civil weddings and wedding receptions for up to 170 guests.

I spend a large part of my weekends here and I can tell you that is an incredible space.

We did a styled shoot there in the Autumn last year and you can see those images right here – Mills Shoot 

We had nearly 300 beautiful images from the shoot and I found it tricky to condense this selection any further  – I hope you enjoy them as much as we did making them.

Huge thanks to the team we worked with –

 

Venue – The West Mills

Photographer – Richard Murgatroyd Photography

Props, organisation and styling – Darby & Joan 

Flowers – Tineke Floral Design

Cakes and Treats – Yummy Little Cakes

Stationery – Best Day Ever

Hair and Makeup – Kate Boyd

Bridal dress and accessories – Timeless Couture

Suit – Reiss

Models – Blake Models

Doris Loves – Light up Letters

Balloons –   Dottie & Love Balloons

 

 

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich

The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills Styled Wedding Shoot by Rich


15:43 9 March 2015


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