Gail wanted her wedding to have a sense of community. To encourage conversation and mingling among guests, the second course — six Summer salads, including crudites, ratatouille, artichoke basil, candied baby beet, and heirloom tomato salads — were served family style on large platters. Each group of six guests had to share the salads.
Instead of the standard circular dining table, Gail sat her guests at several long rectangular tables. According to Simmons, "at a round table you end up only talking to the people on your right and left. But at a rectangular table, since the distance across is shorter, you can talk to the people across from you."