The invitations are out. The menu is set. You and your soon-to-be Mr. are well on your way to hosting the first of many flawlessly coordinated dinner parties to come – and one of the most memorable at that. Time to gather your loved ones around the table to celebrate your Charleston wedding – but just which style is best suited to your soiree? Here’s a handy guide straight from the Patrick Properties event experts:
Your vision: A family-style affair that makes everyone feel part of the festivities
Our Pick: Large rectangular tables or longer rows of tables
Pro Tips: Best for outdoor celebrations or rectangular rooms with lots of space, like the grand lawn of Lowndes Grove or ballrooms of the William Aiken House. It’s also a versatile look: set with vintage china and luxe linens for a formal occasion, or dress down with rustic farm tables and subtle florals.
Consider: Serving a plated dinner rather than stations or a buffet, since dismissing by table might be a crowd
Your vision: Classic elegance and plenty of conversation
Our Pick: Rounds that allow your guests plenty of room to mingle around the room
Pro Tips: Great for a larger guest count (since tables can seat up to 10) and a variety of dinner formats
Consider: Smaller centerpieces that won’t get in the way of celebratory toasts across the table, as well as a smaller sweetheart table reserved for the newlyweds.
Your vision: A more intimate affair with a fresh, modern feel
Our Pick: Square tables set for eight
Pro Tips: This setting lends a bright and airy feel to both indoor and al fresco settings, such as the River House at Lowndes Grove, and encourage more conversation among seated guests.
Consider: Make the most of smaller spaces, since square tables fit more easily along room corners.
Of course, don’t feel limited by any one style – the variety of versatile spaces across our historic Charleston wedding venues are a perfect invitation to mix and match with picture perfect results!