(Closed) How many people REALLY fit comfortably at the tables?

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would go with the bigger table.  Unless you’re really strapped on your budget, it makes everyone more comfortable.

Post # 4
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Here’s a picture of 8 people at one of our 60 inch tables. I would not have put an extra two there…


Post # 5
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hahaha I was wondering this too. I’m strapped for SPACE so sorry but peeps are gonna have to cozy up to each other at that 60 round table and deal with it.

Post # 6
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I like 8 to a table

Post # 7
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

10 at a 72" or 8 at a 60", but no more than that. It can be done, but that doesn’t mean it should be.

 Your guests will thank you.

Post # 8
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

10 is really tight and 9 is slightly crowded. If you have the room def. go for the bigger tables or do more of the smaller tables. 

Post # 9
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree, 8 at a 60″ and 10 at a 72″. My location provides tables but they are only 48″!  That means only 6 per table!  Oh well, they are free, so are the chairs and we are having a small wedding so it’ll work out fine in our space.  Just make sure there is enough walking space between tables.  My sister’s reception site was almost too small for the amount of tables she had to squeeze in and was a bit of a mess when chairs were out and about and stuff.

Post # 10
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t mean to hijack your thread, but I’ve been wondering the same thing!

We had a LOT more people RSVP yes than we thought would, and our venue is rather small. We’re hoping to knock out one more table by seating 11 people at a few of our 72 inch rounds. Is this a huge problem? Will people be incredibly uncomfortable? I don’t know what to do! I would much rather save the space if possible so that our dance floor won’t be tiny.

Post # 11
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

If your plan is to have 10 people, go for the 72″. It will be much more comfortable, especially if all of your guests aren’t petite little girls, and I’m guessing they aren’t. Guys like leg room and elbow room!

Also consider the chairs- the little chivari chairs or wooden folding chairs might fit 10 at a 60″ table, but you won’t be able to fit 10 larger chairs around a 60″ without it being too crowded.

Post # 13
2680 posts
Sugar bee

60″ tables can seat 8-10, 8 is comfortable and 10 is a bit squished.  Can you get 66″ rounds? They seat 10 comfortably, while 72″ would seat 12 comfortably.

For the 8′ tables, I would do 4 on each side but not put people on the ends, then it will be to crowded toward the end.

Post # 14
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m glad you addressed the 8′ rectangle tables, I was wondering how many people to put at them. 🙂

Post # 15
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2021

we are doing the 8 foot tables and my caterer said with family style food we can still do 4 on each side and 2 at the end but we are renting jack stands to hold the food dishes. I am using the ends so we can fit everyone in!  they told me with buffet there would be a lot more space since you dont have to have water pitchers or salad plates etc on the tables. also we are mixing in round tables to maximize our strange octagon space. Don’t forget, you don’t have to just stick to one kind of table!

Post # 16
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

So I’m going to throw in a curveball here…

We’re finalizing seating and most of our 72″ tables have 10 people, but there are a few odd-men out.  In order to not break up couples or close groups of friends, we either need to sit 8 people at a few 60″ tables or try to fit 11 people at a few 72″ tables. 


Does anyone have any experience seating 11 people at a 72″ table?  My venue doesn’t recommend it, as we’re also using chargers, however, the tables will make so much more sense if we can make it work (otherwise there will be one table with a bunch of random people who don’t really know each other).  Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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