A Seat at the Table

Give your guests an unforgettable dining experience | Illustrations by Bunky Hurter
A U-shaped table design creates a sense of intimacy and community, and works particularly well for family-style receptions of 80 or fewer. Typically, the couple will sit along the outside of the short end of the table.

WHETHER YOU’RE PLANNING an intimate wedding for 30 guests or a large reception for 250, seating arrangement design goes hand-in-hand with guest experience, says Aimee Paquin of Modernly Events + Rentals. “Choosing the right seating arrangement design for your venue can impact how guests flow through the event, how they experience each detail you’ve selected, and your guests’ comfort level,” she says.

Through Modernly, a specialty rentals company with a focus on event design and transforming raw spaces, Paquin helps local couples create unforgettable experiences for their wedding guests. Her collection includes modern farm tables, bentwood chairs, folding bistro chairs, sofas, armchairs, coffee tables, backdrops, and even disco balls, all housed in a large warehouse that allows clients to select rentals and mock-up potential looks.

In addition to rentals, Paquin also offers custom installations, such as ceremony backdrops, seating charts, and ceiling installations, as well as full event design and production services. “I work with a limited number of design clients each year, focused on the look and feel of their wedding day and transforming their typically non-traditional venue,” Paquin says. “I work with them to create, style, and produce a design that feels uniquely them, from the overall event environment to the details that guests will notice when they sit down for dinner.”

To learn more, visit modernlyevents.com.

Take a seat
When designing an event, Paquin urges couples to try non-traditional seating arrangements. To “change things up and make your seating arrangement feel fresh,” try one of these creative seating ideas.

When layered into your floor plan with smaller round and rectangular banquet tables, square tables help break up the monotony of numerous rounds or rectangular banquets when you have a higher guest count.

Mixing chairs and banquettes at a long, rectangular table brings a lounge vibe to your wedding. This works well for larger events of 100 or more because it makes use of space along the venue walls while leaving room for a dance floor in the middle of the room.

This fun design works for smaller events, as a captain’s table for the wedding party, or as an alternative to long rows of rectangular banquet tables. The wave arrangement adds visual interest and breaks up the monotony of long rows of rectangular banquet tables or a sea of round tables.