(Closed) How much is too little?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Not really, if you actually mean three feet from the edge of one table to the edge of another.  If you are including the chairs as part of the footprint of the table, so three feet between where the back of chairs would be when people are sitting down, its plenty of room.  If you sit in a standard chair at a desk or table, you will see that the way you naturally sit the back of the chair is probably just under 2 feet from the table.  So three feet from the edge of one table to another not enough.

FYI if your venue is a restaurant or hotel, or if you have to get a banquet permit, the maximum occupany is determined by code based on the type of set-up (e.g., tables with chairs or chairs in rows as for the ceremony).  So you can call the venue and ask them how many people maximum they can set up for each courtyard, and they should know.  They have to provide not only for comfortable seating but also for egress of occupants, and the general code requirement for a table-and-chair seating configuration is 15 square feet per person.  So if you take the square footage of the courtyard and divide by 15, that should give you the allowable number of persons.

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