(Closed) tent size

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

We are inviting 240 but hopefully expecting under 200.  We originally went with a 40×100 tent but I recently freaked out and upgraded to the 40×120.  I found figuring out the tent size to be really difficult- everyone will tell you something different.  We decided to err on the side of lots of extra space.  Hope that helps!

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

There are some standard number used to calculate the maximum safe occupant load (for fire safety).  You may have seen signage in restaurants and auditoriums that specify the maximum number of persons allowed in a room?  The number used to calculated maximum occupancy for an area like an auditorium or a church, where people are seated in rows, is 7 square feet per person.  For a cafeteria, restaurant, or banquet room (where tables take up some of the space) the standard number is 15 square feet per person. 

So Miss Tiramisu, if there will be tables set up in your tent as for seating for dinner, your 40 x 100 tent (4000 square feet) would accomodate ~260 people, and be no more crowded than a normal hotel banquet room.  Your 40 x 120 tent (4800 square feet) should therefore easily accomodate 240 guests seated at tables, with perhaps a bar area at one end and a space for dancing.  If you are going to seat guests in rows (as in using the tent only for the ceremony) then you really only need about 2000 square feet.

For your 110 guests emilyjen, you need a minimum of 1650 square feet for table seating.  If you are using the tent for the ceremony only, you probably need no more than 1000 square feet, even accounting for the altar area, some separation between the altar area and the first row of guests, and a spot for the musicians.

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