Post # 1
So my venue has 60″ tables and chiavari chairs. Our quote calls for 10 people per table. Then I went to a wedding this past weekend with 8 people per table and that seemed about right. So I emailed my venue to ask why they put 10 people per table. They told me that for events where they use “normal” chairs 8 per table is appropriate but with chiavari chairs they always recommend 10 per table. I told them I was less concerned about chairs than I was about elbows… and I do not want my guests feeling squished! I was told that that they had never had any complaints about guests being cramped for space with 10 per table and chiavari chairs.
We can put 8 at a table but it will mean about 3 more tables (with costs for linens and centerpieces). Its not ideal but we can swing it if we need to.
I have never been to a wedding with chiavari chairs… and I really don’t know if it makes a difference. I’ve also never really paid attention to the size of a table or how many people were sitting at it. What do you all think?
Post # 3
The venue we’re considering has 60″ rounds and they told us we can seat 8-10 people per table. So I think it’s probably fine.
In the interest of full disclosure, we’ll go with 8 per table but that’s only because we’re having a smaller wedding and we don’t want the space to look too empty.
Post # 4
We are seating 8 per table – but my table decor costs are minimal. I don’t know how much you are spending per table, so I didn’t feel right telling you to buck up and spend more!
Post # 5
our venue said the same thing about 60″ round tables — 8 to 10 per table. we did a tasting where we had 8 seats set up and there was a lot of space for each person. i’m going with 10 per a table though, because although each person gets less elbow room, it’s not so cramped that it would be uncomfortable.
Post # 6
My venue doesnt have thoes “fancy” chairs but with 60″ rounds they said 8-10 8 being best.
Post # 7
What about doing 9? Does that fit the budget better? WHen we did our table assignments, the social groups broke down best into 8’s and 9’s. Maybe playing around with that would help you make your decision?
Post # 8
*also, I might add, with your wedding so far away, your final numbers may surprise you, and you may end up with fewer tables than you expected. 8 might not be such a burden once your numbers come back!
Post # 9
@crayfish: Most people are in groups of 2 and 4, so a 9 person table wouldn’t work that well I don’t think. And I’d also like to stress… my #1 concern is comfort of guests. I don’t want to waste money unnecessarily if 10 is a-ok… but i’m not going to squish my guests to save money on decor. 🙂
Post # 10
We are doing 10 people for 66″ tables. I think our tent rental person told us that a 60″ table would only seat 8.
Post # 11
They told us that our 60″ rounds would hold 8-10 people. We have some 8’s, 9’s and 10’s.
Post # 12
I’ve definitely heard of people putting 10 at a 60″ table, so I think you’ll probably be fine. They probably only do 8 normally because the chairs are too wide. 🙂
Post # 13
i just attended a wedding yesterday with chivari chairs and 60 inch tables. they had 10 per table and it was fine. i have also been to weddings with regular chairs that also had 10 per table
Post # 14
My venue told me the 60 inch rounds they have fit 8 max. And that anything more would be too squished.
Post # 15
I used to be an event planner, and hotels always sat 8 people at 60″ tables and 10 people at 72″ tables. That being said, we sat 10 at our 60″ tables to save on space and it worked just fine.
Post # 16
I really don’t know anything about Chivari chairs making a difference, but we sat 8 at each of our 60″ tables, with the head table squeezing in 10, and I wouldn’t have wanted every table to be as tight as the head table was. (We were cool with it since, you know, we all heart each other.) 🙂 If it’s fine by your budget, I’d spring for a few more tables to ensure that your guests are comfortable.