Post # 1
We’re using 72 inch round tables for our reception, and we’re starting to put together the seating plan. Problem is, if I keep people with other people they know, and sit certain groups of friends and family together (which is what I know they would prefer), I will end up with anywhere from 6-10 people at a table.
My question is, will it look strange to have some tables full with 10 people, and others looking kind of sparce with only 6 people? Will a 72 inch round table look empty with only 6 people sitting at the table?
Any help would me MUCH appreciated! 🙂
Post # 3
We just had brunch seating 8 at a 72 inch table. I think 6 would look fine. We’re going to try to avoid sitting 10 adults at a 72 inch table – I think it would be a bit uncomfortable unless some of those 10 adults were smaller/petite.
Post # 4
I think 10 would be pretty crowded especially with all the plates, utensils, cups, etc. 8 is perfect.
Post # 5
We are doing 8 at the same size tables
Post # 6
Thank you, you guys are the best!!
There’s only 1 table that could potentially have 10, and 2 of the 10 are still very much up in the air as to whether or not they’re coming. So it may not even be an issue…but I think I have 2 folks from that table that I may move to one of the tables of 6 if I need to. It would be lovely to know if people are actually coming at this point, since our RSVP date was yesterday!! But that’s another rant altogether 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
72″ tables are pretty big. When I was a catering director, we would set them for 12 people, without chargers. 10 with. 6 might seem sparse, in my opinion.
60″ tables seat 8-10 comfortably. 6 would be fine on those.
Are you sure you have 72″? They aren’t as common as the 60″, in my experience.
Post # 8
Yup, the banquet manager told me they were 72″, and that they would typically set them up with 8 people each for our size wedding (~100 people)…for a larger wedding, she said they typically set them up for 10-12 people each.
I really wanted to have all of the tables be tables of 8, but unfortunately it’s just not working out that way…FI’s parents are divorced, and we don’t have enough family or family friends on either side attending to give both his Mom and Dad a table of 8…and putting them at a table together wouldn’t be the best idea :-).
I’m definitely worried about the tables of 6 looking sparce, but I’m not sure what else to do at this point…it’s either have a few tables of 6, or split up one of the tables of 6 and not have those folks sit with anyone they know :-/.
Post # 9
We had 10 people each at the 72 rounds at my wedding, and they all fit perfectly fine. There were also one or two tables that only had 7 or 8 people–and those looked fine too. Honestly, no one will notice or think about it. Seat people where they fit the best (with people they know) and don’t worry about it!
Post # 10
We are seating 8-10 people at 72″ rounds as well and I’ve seen it set up like that and it looks fine
Post # 11
Thank you all! As with many things with the wedding, I’m sure no one will notice but me if some of the tables look a bit emptier 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
8 is ideal, but you can squeeze 10. At my first wedding, we had rounds and some had 7, others had 10, but most had 8. It didn’t look strange. It isn’t obvious because each table has the seats set evenly around the table. It’s not like there will be big gaping holes at the table.
Post # 13
We’re doing 8-10 at each of our 72″ tables. I preferred 8 to a table because it wouldn’t be as cramped, but the seating chart worked out better with 10 at a few tables.
Post # 14
We had 10 people at our 72″ tables at my wedding, and they weren’t too crowded (chargers and all!)
Post # 15
If this problem persists, lower the table number to 8 and sit some people who want to be together at tables that are back to back with each other or right beside each other. That way, they can still lean over and talk.
Post # 16
We have 72″ rounds and they can seat 10-11 with a charger althought it gets a bit tight so we are trying to seat no more that 10.