Round Table, Theatre , Lounge: What's the best seating style for your wedding?
BY Sakshi | 16 Jul, 2016 | 8222 views | 5 min read
Photo by Pixelstory.inThis is probably the simplest style of seating, which is like the seating found in a theatre which chairs aligned in straight consecutive rows. Lets discuss the pros and cons of this kind of seating arrangement. Pros
- Everyone faces in the same direction, so it is good to direct everyone to look at the stage, either at the seated couple or performances.
- This is what provides maximum seating capacity in whatever room or hall that has been booked. So a lot of guests can be accommodated.
- No one faces each other, so audience interaction is limited.
- It's sort of a pain to get seated, get out of the row as you have to cross other people, like in a theatre.
- Aisles are required to ease the seating arrangement.
- It becomes hard to serve and eat or drink food and beverages when people are seated this way as rows can be narrow and there are no tables.
Round Table Seating Style
Decor by Q Events by Geeta SamuelWithin this, it can be of two types... Banquet and Cabaret. Banquet Style This is similar to a round table dinner, with the audience seated around the circumference, facing inner wards. Cabaret Style Similar to the previous style, but there is an open end on every table, so that no one's back is towards the stage and everyone can face the stage. Pros
- Audience interaction is as good as it gets- everyone on a particular table faces each other.
- Everyone can eat and drink properly as they have a table to rest their plates and glasses on.
- Better for showing off personalised elements like centrepieces and coasters.
- Becomes easier to serve people food and drinks in a setting like this one as the waiters have good access to everyone.
- It is not a very efficient use of space- the seating capacity is highly reduced.
- Can be more expensive to pull off as linen and centrepieces are required on each table.
Amphitheatre Style Seating
Decor by The Wedding SoulThis works very well for seating around a mandap, allowing everyone to watch the ceremony without obstruction.
Lounge Style Seating
Photo Courtesy: Aviraj SalujaThis includes using sofas and coffee tables, and works well for more informal parties or pre-wedding events like a cocktail and dinner evening. It also adds to a more casual, yet intimate ambience.
Takhat or Divan Style Seating
Photo: The Wedding SaladThis is low seating, and works very well for Haldi and Mehendi ceremonies where bright colours and the Indian-ness of the seating style can add to the fun themes.
Square or Rectangular TablesThese are not as common as Round tables and therefore can create a definitive style statement.
Photo Courtesy: Bougainvilla DesignChairs are important too! Using interesting chairs into seating arrangements is another fresh way to go about things. Wooden chairs for a garden or outdoor event, garden furniture for lawn events, chiavari chairs for banquet events, all add a unique dimension!