When it comes to planning a wedding, one of those areas that need to be considered is the seating arrangements. In particular, how many tables are going to be required and how many people can comfortably sit around tables of different sizes. 6 foot tables are popular and commonly provided, but what is the maximum number of guests you should be looking at for this size? I spent some time researching and will be sharing with you all that I found here today.
So, how many people can sit at a 6 foot table? It is generally advised that a maximum of 6 people are sat at a 6 foot rectangular table. 6ft round tables can usually sit a couple more people, between 6-8. However, depending on the style of the table and the size of the legs, the total amount of people that can comfortably fit may be more or less either way (being able to sit 4, or 10).
Whether you opt for rectangular or round tables, it is important not to overload them.
Consider that there will be centerpieces, women’s clutches, drinks, and other items that will take up some space and will need to be accounted for.
Keeping tables at 6-8 should ensure plenty of room for people to still feel that they are able to move freely and ultimately be more relaxed.
With this information in mind, let us now take a closer look at the total number of tables you will need for a wedding (at different sizes), along with some other considerations regarding this table size.
So, be sure to keep on reading to get all the information you need.
How Many 6 Foot Tables Do You Need?
How many 6 foot tables you need will depend entirely on the size of your wedding reception and how many guests you have invited.
Below, we will break down the number of tables typically required for wedding receptions at each respective size:
|Total Guests||Number of 6 Foot |
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The above calculations are made on the premise that the 6 ft rectangular tables will seat 6 people, and the 6ft circular tables will fit 8 people.
Of course, this may vary somewhat on the type and style of the table used.
Equally, we have rounded up the tables to ensure that nobody is left without a space!
As you can see, you will require quite a few tables if your reception is on the larger side!
One other thing to consider is whether you are having a top table or not.
Traditionally, the bride, groom, parents, maid of honor, and best man can sit here.
If this is something you are looking to do at your wedding, then you will need to consider this in the total number of tables you need.
Rectangular vs Round 6 Foot Tables
Whether not you opt for rectangular or round tables will depend on several different factors.
Namely, your budget, what the venue has readily available, and your personal preferences.
With 6 feet rectangular tables, consider that in regards to seating arrangements, 3 people will be sitting on either side of the table.
For a circular table, you do not need to consider this.
Generally, circular tables are considered to be more sociable and will enable your guests to interact with one another more openly.
It also prevents guests from staying in their own private conversations, which can disrupt the dynamic if you are hoping for a more communal day.
But, they are considered more intimate and cozier, which may be what you were instead, hoping to achieve.
Centerpiece Suggestions For 6 Feet Tables
Your choice of centerpieces is largely dependent on whether you opt for a rectangular or circular table, and the specific dimensions of the style.
That being said, some of the best centerpieces for a 6 ft table size include:
- Floral arrangements – that do not exceed 20″ in height (or otherwise this can prevent your guests from seeing one another!
- Silver Trays,
- Tree branches
As to the size of each centerpiece, you will need to ensure that they are appropriately sized.
6-foot tables work particularly well for weddings, and are commonly available and provided by many venues for this reason.
They sit between 6-8 people, depending on the specific table design and whether you opt to decide on either the rectangular or circular option (and if this option is available to you).
While both come with their pros and cons, it is important to consider the kind of day and vibe you are looking to create, and whom you will be sitting together.
Your centerpieces are one such other consideration, but ensuring that your guests have sufficient space and are as comfortable as possible should be your priority.
Considering 8-foot tables, check out my other guide here.
Hey, I’m Allison – a recent bride, an expectant mother and the chief editor here at Everlasting Occasion. Here I document all the knowledge and experience I accumulated while researching and planning my dream wedding and ahead of our new baby. Here, I try to answer those many questions couples have when planning their dream wedding, while equally, helping expectant parents ahead of their new arrival!