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Round vs. Rectangular Tables

FI and I are meeting with our venue this weekend to discuss what rentals we'll need. They have both rectangular tables (holds 8) and round tables (holds 10). Our guest list is at 200 including us and vendors. Our venue is a renovated barn that holds 300, so we will have plenty of space.

I like the look of round tables better and I know they take up more room so they would fill up the space better. However, the barn is our back-up ceremony location in case of rain, so it would be easier to make an aisle with the rectangular tables. Also, the barn is very long and thin so it kind of lends itself to rectangles better.

The price would be exactly the same either way. Are there any pros/cons I haven't thought of that would help me decide?

Re: Round vs. Rectangular Tables

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    I've only been to one wedding with rectangular tables, and it felt like sitting in the school cafeteria.  Rounds are much better for social situations like weddings.
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    I had both.  I like the look of the different shapes.

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     I personally prefer the round tables. I agree that the rectangle tables may look less formal for dining. Also, our venue suggested the round tables, (that seat 10), should be sat for 8. For elbow room, & being able to easily get in and out, they suggested we don't seat 10. Maybe something to look into if budget wise you could do the seating for 8 per table. :)
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    I'm coming in late to this, but I would recommend round tables. I also like the way they look, but another thing to consider - I've often found that with rectangular tables, you end talking to only the 2-3 people around you. At round tables, I feel like it's easier to talk to more people. Hopefully it won't rain! But if it does, I still think you'll be able to arrange round tables to create the feeling of an aisle.
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