(Closed) Seating Arrangments

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

That’s totally normal. Our tables run between 8 and 10. As long as the tables are big enough to accomodate the people without knocking elbows it’s fine (and preferable to sitting friends with random people).


Post # 3
4037 posts
Honey bee

If they are 5 foot tables, I wouldn’t put more than 8  – at most 9 – on them (even as low as 7). And 10 at most 11 (or as low as 9), for 6 foot tables. My daughter’s venue offered both sized tables. They told us they would fit 10 or 12 and our florist/decor person said guests would be way too squashed. We’ve attended weddings, where they put 10 guests at a 5′ table, and we were tightly packed. The man next to my husband actually took his roll – the place settings were too close together.

Post # 4
1267 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

r06387:  Definitely fine to have different numbers at different tables. We had square tables sort of arranged in a semi-circle around the top table. On tables where there were less people, instead of spreading them evenly around the tables, we left the end facing the top table free, so that people wouldn’t have their backs to us during speeches etc. and have to do that whole awkward half turn around thing. You’d be surprised how non-obvious these sorts of things are in a room that’s fully set up, compared with how we might visualise it in our minds. 

Post # 5
2506 posts
Sugar bee

r06387:  totally ok. I wouldn’t do a table with fewer than 6, as it will feel empty. But otherwise, they don’t all have to be even. 

Post # 6
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

It’s totally fine as long as they are in the range of 6-10. 

Post # 7
429 posts
Helper bee

Some of my tables have 6 which I was trying to avoid. Majority are between 7-9. Definitely doesn’t have to be the same all around. 

Post # 8
670 posts
Busy bee

r06387:  No one will notice! Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you think the table arrangements will allow people to have good conversation and company… move on! 🙂

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