(Closed) If you had/ are having round tables at your reception…

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had the choice between 10 or 8 and we are picking 8. We don’t want people to feel too smushed at the tables, but we also can afford to lose a little bit more of the room’s space. Otherwise we’d go with 10.

Post # 4
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Depends on how big the tables are as well.

I think ours were standard 60″ and we sat 10 at some and 8 at some.

At 2 tables we actually bumped to a bigger size table and sat 11.

It was fine. They’ll only all be sitting for so long.

Post # 5
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we have the exact same situation. We’ll probably just do whatever makes the numbers work out right.

I was also at a wedding recently, and noticed that some of the tables (including ours) had 10 people, and others had 8. Except for the fact that I’m wedding planning, I never otherwise would have even noticed (in the sense that it didn’t feel crowded) that there were 10 people at our table. (I’m not *positive* that it’s the same size table, but it seems pretty standard…)

Post # 6
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We’re having 60″ rounds, and our venue will only allow us up to 8 per table.

Post # 7
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

 for us it was all about making sure the tables were well mixed – making sure some guests knew each other and if they didnt, who do we think they would enjoy sitting with – thats how we did our tables and it ended up being some tables having 10 and some having 8.


Post # 8
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m in the same situation too. I was just recently at a function though with standard tables that sat 10 to a table and I didn’t find it squishy. Just like Joy, the only reason I even counted was because I’m wedding planning and wondering about numbers. So I would wait until you get your final RSVP count back and then decide which would work better for you.

Post # 9
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Our venue typically placed 8-10 place settings/seats per table.  As many of the PP’s mentioned, we placed our guests at the tables according to group “dynamic” so to speak.  So, we had anywhere from 7-10 after getting RSVP’s.  

Post # 10
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had choice of 9 tables of approx 7-8 on each or 8 tables of 10 on each – we ended up going for less tables with 10 people on each, just because it worked better this way in terms of who was sat with who. I’d say go with what works best in terms of people mixing 🙂 Don’t feel all the tables need equal numbers on.

Post # 11
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely depends on the size of the table, and a little bit on how much stuff goes on the table. For a 60″ table, 8 should be your target, with a maximum of 10.  Max.   Anything less than 6 will look off.

For a 72″ table, shoot for 10 and a max of 12.  Anything less than 8 will look a little too spacey.

Good luck 🙂

Post # 12
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re using round tables and ran into an issue where, once we finalized the guest list, we realized we’ll have six tables with eight people and two tables with nine people. I thought about doing just one with ten, but it seems too crowded. We’re solving our space issue be taking out two tables after dinner to make room.

Post # 13
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did 8 per 60″ table.

Post # 14
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Thank you for such a useful question! I’m gonna need to know this stuff.

Post # 15
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

just like pp have said it depends on the table size and also on the size of the chair.  Some chairs take more space around the table than others. I inititally wante to have 10 people per table so I could squeeze in more people and the tables are 60 inch. But my hall has a maximum seating capacity of 175 so there was no need to squeeze more people around each table since I still cant add any more than 175. So I ended up going with 8 people per table

Post # 16
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We had 72″ rounds, which are supposed to accomodate 10-12. The chairs were kind of bulky so I aimed for 10 and sometimes put an 11th person if they fit better with that group (we assigned tables but not seats).

In your situation, I would probably do 8 with some tables of 9 if need be. I think it could be pretty squished with more than that–especially if the table is set for dinner/drinks and people are trying to eat.

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