Post # 1
Ok, I’ve asked this before, but no one seemed to read my entire post. Here are my options:
1) Squish up to 10 people around a 60″ table. I have chiavari chairs and salad will already be served when guest sit down. I intend to keep the dinner portion as short as possible. (Salad will be served already, then entree and dessert. Hoping it will be an hour-ish.) SO, hopefully that would minimize some of the crowding. Oh, and I don’t have any “larger” guests.
2) Squish tables into the space. 15 rounds fit comfortably, with plenty of room to walk around the room AND have a dancefloor. If I switch to tables of 8 people, I’ll have 20 tables. Adding the 5 additional tables will make it VERY difficult to move around the room and possibly even make it so tables have to be moved after dinner to make room for the dance floor.
So which is worse? Not having elbow room while you’re eating and otherwise feeling squished at a table OR not having room to walk around the reception and having people displaced because their table was on top of the dancefloor?
Post # 3
I think i would rather have 10 people per table.
Post # 4
10 people at a table that size is fine. It’s not spacious, but it’ll be as much space as some people are used to at weddings.
Definitely use full (10 ppl) tables vs a larger number of tables unless your room is very large.
I’ve been a wedding coordinator for years and having a little more room to walk around the tables is way better.
Post # 6
10 people per table. I would rather feel crowded at the table than feel claustrophobic in the room.
Post # 7
@sonj818: Umm, this might be a moot point, but does your venue have 6′ rectangular buffet tables available? Although the venue coordinator looked at me like I had a third eye, our venue has them and we will be the first wedding there not to use the rounds. We’ll save space and have room for a dancefloor where there usually couldn’t be one 🙂
Post # 8
What if you used some tables of 9 and just added a couple extra tables? It would work if you have single friends and kids at the wedding 😉
Post # 9
My friend had the same issue and we sat 10 to a table and it totally worked out fine!
Post # 10
As much as I advocate for 8-tops, I would much rather be a little squished during dinner than give up dance floor space. And if it would mean that you actually have to break down tables and displace people after dinner, that’s an absolute deal killer for me. Everyone needs a place to sit at some point during the reception, and even more important, you do NOT want to have that kind of disruption in the middle of your party. No way. Put that thought out of your mind. 10 tops will do just fine!
Post # 11
As long as people are having fun, being squished is not a big deal. So go with 10 per table. Unless you can go with some rectangles. They are not looked at as “formal” though