If you have been following along, you know that we have already covered round and rectangular tables. The final installment in this blog series will explore floral decor options for long reception tables. Occasionally referred to as banquet style, this layout is created by pushing together rectangular tables to create a long table that seats ten or more guests. Wedding planners and floral designers alike love this setup because of how its clean lines and perfect proportions give the impression that all elements, from the flowers and place settings to the chairs, are lined up flawlessly.
It’s always exciting when a client comes to us wishing to have long tables incorporated into their reception. We’ve seen this plan executed beautifully in a brick and ivy-lined courtyard as well as the grand dining room of a castle estate. From flourishing, candlelit garlands to dazzling floral arrangements, here are pretty centerpiece ideas for long reception tables handpicked from the Real BB Weddings archives.
Organic romance was the theme for this outdoor reception that took place in the courtyard of The Foundry. Guests sat down to banquet tables (see this post’s lead image for a full sense of the layout), which were adorned with greenery garlands of silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus, salal, and boxwood trimmed with dusty pink roses and white stock.
Pro Tip: Incorporating a mirror runner adds movement and dimension to a long tablescape design plan. This reception at Oheka Castle featured vibrant garden-inspired centerpieces accented with pillar candles and votives, which seemed to dance across table with lyrical delight.
This wedding used mirror elements to achieve a completely different effect than the one just mentioned. Long tables featured cluster arrangements of submerged white dendrobrium orchids and calla lilies in sleek cylinder vases set atop mirror chargers illuminated by floating candles and votives. The atmosphere was intimate yet dramatic, romantic with contemporary twist.
Put an organic spin on sophisticated florals by combining a neutral palette with abundant greenery. This long tablescape decorated with low centerpieces paired overflowing greenery with blush la perla roses, cream vendela roses, white stock, and Queen Anne’s lace accentuated with ivory pillar candles.
This captivating reception at The Bowery Hotel took shape in a series of 40-foot long tables. Underscoring the wedding’s romantic white and green theme, table decor featured verdant garlands of silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus adorned with hydrangeas and roses under the glow of graceful taper candles.
Take a long tablescape to the next level by complementing decor with a jaw-dropping floral installation. For this modern reception at the Gramercy Park Hotel, tables were decorated with chic arrangements of crisp white roses and calla lilies set atop a mirror runner with a mesmerizing canopy of white blooms and hanging bubbles hanging overhead.
The luxurious allure that candelabras bring to a room is undeniable. Evoking an ambiance of a dinner in the royal garden, this reception at The Metropolitan Club presented long tables bedecked with crystal candelabra centerpieces topped with cascading arrangements of white roses, ranunculuses, calla lilies, hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids, and lisianthus with rich greenery.
Do all the wedding flower ideas on Instagram and Pinterest have you feeling overwhelmed when it comes to trying to pin down your own style and vision? Relax, take a deep breath, and look to your venue’s surroundings for inspiration. Channeling the serene beauty of Montauk, Real BB Weddings couple Natalie and Matt hosted guests to reception at The Surf Lodge featuring long tables dressed with clean, simple arrangements of white roses, ranunculuses, and hydrangeas.
An elegant garden picnic was the inspiration for this summer reception, which was laid out in long tables, each fitted with a white cloth runner and gilded chairs. Florals decor mixed various roses, dahlias, nigellas, wax flowers, and Queen Anne’s lace in shades of light pink, ivory, red, and white with fresh greenery in mercury gold julep vases.
With clean, graceful lines, harlow stands are an ideal decorative if you want high centerpieces, but want to leave the table top open to ensure conversation flows with ease. For their head table, Real BB Weddings couple Jean and Bryan seated their closest guests to an enchanted tablescape featuring a gorgeous mix of curly willow, blush cherry blossoms, white hydrangeas, roses, snapdragons, delphiniums, burgundy scabiosas, brunia berries, and greenery arranged on tall metal stands. Accented by teardrop-shaped glass bubbles, the blooms gave the impression of a floral chandelier hanging above.
Eye-catching, versatile, and welcoming, long reception tables accommodate all wedding decor styles and work well in just about any type of venue. We hope these centerpiece ideas shed light on how an endless tablescape just may be the missing link needed to create the wedding of your dreams.