If you’ve been reading the CC blog for a while you already know how great I think long tables look in the Chase Court ballroom. This set-up was absolutely classic: ivory linens, mahogany Chiavari chairs, votive candles, and yellow roses on stems in clear vases. Simple and elegant! The bride and groom even had the chandeliers decorated for the occasion. It adds a nice touch. The tables are set for a seated-and-served dinner, which adds its own touch of elegance.
The bride and groom usually sit at the top of the ‘U’ (closest to the camera), in the center of the table, which is single-sided. The longer tables have chairs and place settings on both sides. The seating here is for 55 guests. This set-up can accommodate up to 80 guests by adding more tables.
Here’s a good view of the dance floor, between the tables. The DJ was set up off to the right. If background music is all that you need, the built-in sound system (visible below the wall sconces) does a good job at minimal cost.
Speaking of cost, long table set-ups have two big cost-saving advantages. First, the look is so elegant in and of itself that basic, inexpensive linens do the job just fine. Secondly, and this is a big one, there’s a lot less table ‘real estate’, so table decorations can be kept to a bare minimum and still look great. What’s not to like about that!
You can see here how much room there is around the tables, which makes it easy for your guests and the catering staff to get around. I think having good open space adds to the feeling of elegance. That’s the cake at the upper left of the image, with plenty of working space around it, too.
Catering was by The Pantry. Select Event Rentals provided the tables, chairs and linens. My Flower Box Events designed and installed the chandelier decorations. The bride and groom did their own table decorations. — David