Post # 1
From the “I probably shouldn’t be worrying about this yet” category… 😉
The way our guest list is shaping up, it looks like there could easily be one or maybe two 60 inch tables where we will only have six people. (I suppose we could do a better job mixing guests but there are obvious “groups” that make these numbers work).
Will that look strange, like the tables are too empty and spacious? I know these size tables usually seat 8-10. I could rent a 48 inch table instead, but I already bought tablecloths, so they will look longer at these tables than the 60 inch.
Post # 3
@LaughLines: The recommended standard spacing is twenty-four inches per place setting. The only way you could get ten people at a sixty-inch table is to squeeze them into one foot each — which is far too crowded. Twenty-inches each is actually slightly crowded, but workable. Which means six people per sixty-inch table is perfect.
Post # 4
For a 60 inch table, 6 people would be perfect. I think eight might be too tight. Here is a link from another thread.
Hope that helps.
Post # 5
I might put 7 or 8 chairs there. The ladies at the table will be happy for an extra chair where they can put a purse.
Post # 6
I think it’ll be fine. We had a few tables of only 6 at our wedding because of no-shows and it didn’t look or feel weird to anyone. No one will even notice.
Post # 7
I am planning in putting 6 people at each of my 60″ tables. 8 just looked too crowded. Here is a picture of teh 60″ round with 8 chairs (obviously it will be decorated and prettier for the wedding lol)
Post # 8
We had a couple of 6 top 60 inch tables at our wedding and it seemed ok. Our caterer said the max was 8 comfortably. I think it would be just fine.
Post # 9
We had 6-9 at our tables. The circumference of a 60″ table is 188 inches. So it breaks down as follows . . .
10 people = 18.8″ per place
8 people = 24″ per place
6 people = 32″ per place
Post # 10
@aspasia475: I love that you know this! 🙂
Post # 11
Oh, you ladies are awesome! Sometimes “worrying” in advance helps, because I thought I remembered my table rental company telling me these would seat 8-10. Sounds like 10 is definitely a NO and that 6 might be even slightly preferred over 8.
@MattandKristin: LOVE the picture; thank you so much – I was trying to picture what it would look like, and ta da, there it is!
Now to go and move my post-it’s around again 😉
Thank you for the brilliance that is the Hive – you all rock!!
Edit: Yes, right on the company’s Web site it says “seats 8-10 comfortably”. Wow. Thank goodness I got a dose of reality from you all!
Post # 12
I wouldn’t say 6 is preferred over 8. I think 8 is the ideal, and you can try to fudge a couple either way. 8 people gives you the 24″ in between that aspasia recommended. So I wouldn’t go changing things to make it 6, but I wouldn’t stress about your 6 tables either! The table towards the front right of this pic has 8 chairs to give you an idea. I think it it plenty of room.
Post # 13
@Natalieh86: Ooh, lovely picture – is that your venue? Gorgeous! This helps me picture things, too.
I think I’ll go for 8, avoid 10, but not worry about 6. Whew!
Post # 14
@LaughLines: I think I’ll go for 8, avoid 10, but not worry about 6
Yup that’s what we did! Best of luck, figuring out the seating was one of my least favorite parts of planning! That pic is from my wedding/venue. We just got our pro pics in, so I’m obviously finding a way to inject them into every thread I can haha.
Post # 15
My venue tried to tell me that 5″ tables were for 8, and 6″ tables were for 10. I used 6″ tables for 8, and a 5″ table for 6. Everyone was comfortable and there was space for serving dishes (we had family-style service for dinner).