Set the table for your closest family and friends by creating an intimate reception space using long, banquet-style seating.

Aside from the ceremony, the second most important part of the wedding is the reception meal — where for one special night, all of your friends, family, and loved ones will sit together in your honor, making it a truly magical night of re-visiting cherished memories and creating new ones. For those hosting a large wedding, there's no easier way to make your celebration feel warm and intimate than with long, banquet-style reception tables. Not only are they beautiful and romantic, but they're perfect for facilitating conversation among your guests. Plus, they're easily customizable, serving as blank canvases and giving you a myriad of style possibilities to suit you and your groom's tastes for a night in good company.

Whether you're hosting backyard nuptials or a classic ballroom ceremony, a long reception table can make your guests feel right at home. Rustic wooden tables are perfect for family-style seating, where guests can pass along various dishes and choose their own portions and plates. Add a dash of whimsy with lush greenery garlands or floral centerpieces that adorn the length of the table, dotted with mismatched plates and silverware for a garden party vibe. If you're hosting a more elegant bash, drape your tables with neutral colors like ivory or slate for a clean, airy look and pair with gilded accents and dark wooden chairs. For lighting, consider using hanging café lights to brighten up the night's toasts or opt for romantic candelabras to create a truly magical setting.

With any of these long reception table ideas, your guests will feel like a special part of your big-day celebration. Click through our slideshow to see how you can design your own!

PHOTO: A long, romantic reception table adorned with a gray linens, a lush greenery table runner, and lined with classic black chairs.

Photo: Bryce Covey

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