Jun 07

How to Plan a Wedding: Reception Seating Tips

How To Plan A Wedding: Reception Seating Tips (courtesy of WeddingTips)

When decorating for a wedding reception, you first have to choose the guest tables. How many will you need, what size and shape you’ll want, and how you’ll arrange them. In the next few minutes, I’ll show you the most popular table for a wedding reception.

Now, your guest tables usually come in about 3 different sizes: the 6-foot rounds, the 5-foot rounds, and then, your 4-foot. The most common used for a wedding reception today is a 5-foot round. It’s big enough to serve dinner, but small enough so you can talk to other guests, and reach the salt and pepper shakers! Most 5-foot rounds, sometimes called 60-inch tables, serve as little as 6 people, but can go up to 8 without really cramping anybody’s style. Now, depending on the size of the chairs, and the space of the table legs, you might be able to squeeze a 9th person in. Some rental companies may even tell you that you can get 10 around a 5-foot table, but, I find that I little too restricting. But, keep in mind the size of your guests, and, if you have anyone in a wheelchair, they will need extra room.

Now, if you want something a little more intimate, you can rent a 4-foot round. The 4-foot round, 48-inches across, will seat 4 to 6 people. It’s used a lot for the cake table, too, and it’s a perfect size for that! 6-foot rounds, or 72-inch tables, can seat anywhere from 8 to 10 people comfortably. Again, some people say at highest, 12, but I really don’t recommend that.

Now, this is another choice in table that is becoming more popular – the bistro tables. You can use these if you’re having a cocktail party and just serving hors d’ oeuvres for your reception.

Now, this is a 6-foot banquet table, used commonly for the head table, your buffet table, and, you can mix and match these with 8-foot banquet tables.

Finally, it’s important to leave enough space between your tables, so the guests and servers can comfortably move about the room. A good rule of thumb is to leave a minimum of 4½ feet from edge to edge.

So, there you have it! One of the first steps in planning our wedding reception is figuring out the tables you’ll need. Thanks for watching!



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