(Closed) Tables seat 8, apparently our friends come in groups of 10?!!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I ran into the same problem! I was told 8 seat comfortably at a table, 9 is fine, 10 is squished. I really don’t want to break up parties so I’m tempted to do a few of 10 but I don’t want people to not have enough room!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve sat with 10 at wedding tables…yes, it’s squishy, but I wonder if the friends would prefer sitting with people they know and being squished? (it’s not unbearable.)

I know I would!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would do a table of 6 and the other 4 at a nearby table with 2 – 4 other people they might get along with. Speaking as a guest, I’ve felt squished with just 8 people at a table so 10 is just too many. I recently went to a wedding and we were seated at a table of 6. It was marvelous!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have no choice but to do tables of 10 because we are at max capacity 🙁  This is so hard to do though… you can’t please everyone though, sometimes you have to break up groups to make it work.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I guess I got lucky,  they gave me a range of 8-12 per table (12 being “intimate”).  I aimed for 10 and wound up with 6 at one and 12 at others.  I deifnitely feel your pain.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Definitely check with your venue to make sure they maxout at 8…it depends on the size banquet rounds that they have.  I used to be a catering manager…if they have 60″ rounds 8 is comfy, 10 is squished but do-able, but if they have 72″ rounds 10 isn’t unreasonable at all.  12 is squished at a 72″ round…unless you have some wonky huge chairs or something.  🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m considering changing to all rectangular tables for this reason. Eight per table just isn’t enough!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I say– mix them! It’ll get people moving around more and maybe people will even make some new friends. I think mixing friends and family actually makes a lot of sense (it is what I did). I mixed my friends up among groups of my cousins and parents friends up with aunts/uncles. I just tried to make sure that people always they had someone they knew at the same table. So like if there are 2 groups of 10 I’d actually split them up among 5 tables with 4 at each table, and then fill the other half of the table with aunts/uncles/whoever. Just try to keep ages similar if possible. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

we are not having a sit down dinner so we are having 10 per table. we are having hors d’voeures. My friends will be dancing all night…Unless you have guest that will be seated for long periods of time..i wouldnt worry about having 10 per table

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with corgitales. We couldn’t make it work keeping groups together so I decided, what the hell! We mixed everyone up and people had a blast. Everyone lived that they got to meet some new people!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had 72″ rounds that we put between 8 and 11 people at. We had one table of my DH’s cousins that was 13 people and there was no good way to split them, so we had the venue push together two rectangle tables and made one big square one. Worked out great!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had the same problem. We ended up getting 64″ rounds and 72″ rounds and then sitting 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 people at them depending on what worked. It sounded crazy, but you really didn’t notice the difference the day of.

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