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8 of the Best Wedding Reception Table Set up Ideas

There’s no doubt creating the best wedding reception table set up will transform your event.

If you want to know how to achieve the best table set up for your wedding simply pay attention to details on the measurements and size of your space, event furniture and decor props.

In this article, we’ve featured eight of the best wedding reception table setup ideas in Kenya to consider for your event.

However, these are only examples and you don’t have to limit yourself to them.

Use them as inspiration to create a wedding seating arrangement that’s functional and meets your objectives.

The best way to arrange tables for wedding reception

1. Banquet wedding reception table set up ideas

Almost everyone has at some point experienced this type of table layout.

Be it at a restaurant, wedding, party, gala event, or formal company event.

It’s the most popular one of all the table layouts for any type of event.

It features guests seating on a round table facing inwards. Its only downside is the interference with sight lines for some guests.

Our plastic round tables seat 10 guests, and the wooden ones, which come in two different sizes, sit 8 and 4 guests, respectively.

Factors that could affect these seating capacities are your choice of chairs and table decor or settings.

Ideal for: A wedding with elaborate catering and large numbers.

2. Family wedding reception table set up ideas

If you have adequate space and small numbers, this is one of the best wedding reception set up with rectangular tables.

It heightens the intimacy since everyone’s facing each other.

The rectangle tables also contribute to the ambiance and sophistication of the event.

The only downside to it, is that it hinders sight lines on specific focal points. 

To address this, try arranging it in a fish bone style such as the herringbone.

For a clear illustration of the seating capacity, our farmhouse tables sit a total of only eight guests on the sides with this table layout. If you don’t mind them at the heads, it can sit a total of ten.

But again, these seating capacities depend on how elaborate your table decor and setting are.

Ideal for: An intimate wedding event layout.

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Family or Board Room Table Set Up

3. Cabaret or moon shape wedding reception table set up ideas

To avoid the focal point visibility challenges wrought by banquet tables, consider the cabaret or moon shape layout.

Although, you’ll lose significant floor coverage, especially if you don’t have ample space.

An alternative to avoid loosing space would be to mix the table shapes, round and rectangle to maximize on space.

You’ll notice that most concerts, awards shows and events with a specific focal point, feature this table layout.

Ideal for: Wedding with a central focal points e.g. high table, dance floor or music band

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Cabaret Table Set Up Idea

4. Theatre wedding reception table set up ideas

When you have massive numbers, minimal space, and a tight budget (sometimes), theatre is your best option.

It’s the simplest and one of the most prevalent wedding reception table set up ideas.

With it, you can create a specific focal point to easily direct your guests’ sight lines.

Unfortunately, this table layout idea, isn’t the best for networking or food consumption.

Ideal for large events like: weddings with many guests.

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Theatre Table Set Up Idea

5. U-shape wedding reception table set up ideas

The u-shape table layout boosts interactions since guests are in each other’s sight lines, with no obstructions.

It also helps with focal point visibility, especially if the numbers are smaller, about 10 – 20.

Ideal for: Small weddings

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U Shape Table Set Up Idea

6. The hollow wedding reception table set up ideas

If your wedding is small and you want a shot at the best wedding decor, this is the table layout to choose.

It’s like the U-shape but with the open spaces filled out.

With this type of layout, there won’t be a specific focal point.

Ideal for: Intimate weddings

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Hollow Square Table Set Up Idea

7. Lounge wedding reception table set up ideas

Most weddings incorporate a lounge or chill zone.

This layout features low seating with couches, coffee tables, and pouffe ottomans.

A lounge helps to break the formality and ease guests into a social mood.

The downside is that it often lacks enough space due to bulky furniture.

Remember: Match your event event profile or theme to the right furniture for events.

We have a range of contemporary and rustic lounge furniture pieces ideal for assorted weddings themes.

Ideal for: Low and intimate sectional/cocoon seating for small weddings.

8. Cocktail bar wedding reception table set up ideas

This is one of the most popular wedding reception table set up ideas in Kenya.


Because it features long bars with elaborate bar backs, lighting, and sometimes dramatic mixologists.

It gives clear sight lines to specific focal points for speeches and entertainment.

Guests walk around and mingle freely while using high top cocktail or bar tables to place food and drinks.

The ideal cocktail wedding layout should include seating because it’s an informal event.

Ideal for: Intimate wedding sun downers or holding areas.

Those are some of the best wedding reception table set up ideas to consider in Kenya for a successful event.

A table layout plan is a critical planning tool to help you deliver meaningful experiences for your guests.

The most critical points to cover when creating your wedding reception table layout plans are: 

  1. Have a scaled floor plan
  2. Set a goal
  3. Reconfirm your numbers 
  4. Consider the complete catering experience 
  5. Include decor, entertainment and anything else within the space
  6. Put up signage to manage traffic routes and navigation

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