One of New York's top event designers shares his tips and tricks.
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Plenty of weddings follow a format of round or rectangular tables placed in a very simple layout, but your wedding floor plan doesn't have to be so basic. In fact, star-shaped seating, ceremonies in the round, and herringbone style table arrangements are all great visual examples of thinking outside the box when it comes to creating a big-day floor plan. Here, event planner and designer Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events shares his tips and tricks for changing up traditional seating options for both the ceremony and reception.

Get creative with shapes.

"I love to play with various shapes for ceremony and reception, if space allows," Meyer says. "For a ceremony, I love to do it in the round, which creates many aisles and viewpoints for the couple and their guests. When you have a ceremony in the round, I suggest the couple rotate throughout so they can see all the guests and each of them can see various details of the couple's outfits and connect to their faces as well." Similarly, an open square layout for dining lends itself well to interesting installations in the center. Meyer says, "When it comes to the reception, I love to play with shape and use it as part of the overall design of the room. If you have a large space to fill and not a lot of people, you can play with open space and set the rectangular tables in large square formats, using the open center for a design moment. This layout is fun, as all guests can see one another."

Think about patterns.

There's no reason you have to have all your tables in clear cut rows. Meyer says, "Recently, I've been obsessed with creating a herringbone pattern, which involves placing each rectangle table on an opposite angle. the trend of very long tables is a great one but laying them out in a herringbone pattern is a fresh take on that and it's so fun!"

Picture the room from an aerial view.

Struggling to come up with your creative floor plan? Think of the room from a bird's eye view and try to come up with a way to make it more interesting. Meyer says, "If you want to play with shape, another idea is to mix round and rectangular tables in a fun layout, especially if guests will have an overhead view of the space." In this case, maybe the venue has an upper level mezzanine that allows guests to see the shape of the layout.


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