Table Talk

by Sarah Bennett

Apryl Ann Photography

Couples are choosing long tables—or “king’s tables”—for the reception, both for the design and the “family style” serving options. (Besides, a bride and groom are royalty for the day, right?) Local planners and caterers dish the details.

“I always tell my brides that weddings have the feel of a reunion—friends and family who don’t see each other on a regular basis are all there. Family style provides a great opportunity for your loved ones to catch up and tell old stories that have been told hundreds of times but still make you laugh.” –Jonathan Greer, Catering Sales Manager at Belo Mansion

Shaun Menary Photography; Heather Hawkins Photography

“When floral waterfalls are added, it makes the table that much more dramatic.” –Todd Fiscus, owner of Todd Events

Shannon Skloss Photography

“Long tables break up the monotony of the ‘sea of rounds.’ They provide a more lush, sophisticated look so your tables aren’t left looking sparse—they also create a sense of intimacy and togetherness.” —Molly Rasmussen, owner of Pop Parties
“The long table has made a comeback, no matter the style of food service: plated or food stations.” —Charles Redin, director of event planning at Brook Hollow Golf Club
“Family style provides a ‘home’ atmosphere. There’s the passing of platters—even if it’s just bread or a light bite. It really gets people talking and more involved with the design of the table.” —Lottie Fowler, owner of Grit + Gold
“There are so many fun arrangements you can do with a long head table, like huge florals running down the whole length. It creates a ‘wow’ factor.” —Emily Harms, social catering manager at Hotel Crescent Court
“The long, family-style table moves away from the traditional banquet hall-type reception our parents and grandparents were used to. I love the look of the long tables with just runners and candles. It looks so romantic and makes for some beautiful photos.” —Emily Wood, director of operations at Brik Special Events Venue
“There are many aspects to a wedding that remain traditional, so if a couple can find a way to stand out, they’ll take it.” —Sarah Massey, catering manager at Blue Mesa Southwest Grill

Photo by Donna Von Bruening