How many seats to a table?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

8 guests, not sure about tableclothes

Post # 4
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our venue said 10 people at each 60″ table.  My dad actually told them to do 8 people at a table for elbow room, so we had to add a few extra tables.  If you have the floor space, do more tables and less at each.  If you are tight, you can do 10 people max.

Post # 5
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

we did between 8 and 10, depending on what worked for my seating chart

Post # 6
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

our venue has 60 and 72 inch tables. he said 60″ are for 8 people and 72″ are for 10 people.

make your seating chart and see what happens.

i would figure for 8 but if you need to squeeze in a few tables of 10 you should be able to.

look for 60″ round table cloths. the will fit the tables with the right amount of overhang.


Post # 7
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

60″ tables actually seat 10

8 would definitely be more comfortable

Post # 9
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would seat 8 people at a 60″ table.  The number you can fit will also depend on the width of the chairs you’re using — if the chairs are wider, then for sure 10 people will be very tight at a 60″ table.  We had 66″ and 72″ tables at our reception, and with the chairs we used we could fit 8-9 at the 66″ and 10-11 at the 72″. 

The tablecloth size will depend on whether or not you want them to go to the floor.  If you want floor length, use 120″ tablecloths.  If you don’t want floor length, you could go with 108″ or 96″.

Post # 11
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

Please limit it to 8!  10 is quite crowded and not pleasant at all.

I retired from the military a year ago and remember my last formal dinner with my command – it was a year end conference.  They did 10 per 60″ table.  The morning after the dinner at the after action report of what went well and what didn’t, the number of people per table was the biggest complaint by far!  It was awful.

Post # 12
1625 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve actually been told at multiple venues that 60″ fitpeople perfectly. That’s just a really weird number, so most do 8 or squish in 10.




Post # 13
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I personally would go with 8. I don’t like how cluttered the table gets with plates/glassware/silverware for 10, especially if you have wine and a champagne toast. I don’t want to be literally elbows to elbows with everyone. We averaged about 8 to a table, although some had 7 and one or two had 9.

Post # 15
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m doing 8 with the same size tables.

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