Reception Seating

Outdoor Wedding Reception Seating


Congratulations you’re getting married!

Now that you have decided when and where your wedding reception is taking place, it’s time to think about seating your guests. When you rent a tent for your outdoor wedding you are able to create your own ceremony and reception venues.
In a perfect world you would have unlimited space, an unlimited budget, and the ability to invite as many guests as you like, unfortunately most of us don’t live in that world. Like a traditional banquet hall, a tent has limited space, but having a tent wedding provides you the opportunity to select the tables and chairs being used for your reception seating.
When you begin planning your guest seating arrangement remember there are other items that need to be under the tent as well. Buffet tables, dance floor, the D.J. or Band, bars or beverage stations, sweets tables and your head table all need to have room under the tent. Place the big stuff first i.e. the dance floor, band, band riser, head table and buffet tables then work on placing your seating tables around them.
We always ask our brides “How many guests would you like to seat per table?”. What was your answer? If you said 10, you are like most brides. 10 is an easy number to work with on paper, but 10 doesn’t always work well with tables, guest comfort and the space available.
The standard size seating table under a tent is a 60″ round table. 60″ round tables comfortably seat 8 guests, but you can seat as many as 10 per table. 60″ round tables are easy to converse across and are easy to place in all tent sizes.

72″ round tables allow you to seat 10-12 guests, but have they several disadvantages. It is difficult to have a conversation with someone sitting 6 feet away, center pieces need to be larger to fill the 4 foot round area in the middle of the table, and they create unusable areas in tents less than 60′ wide.

48″ round tables seat 6-8 guests and are great for areas where the larger tables won’t fit and when mixed with long tables. 48′ round tables are also perfect for family seating near the head table or to seat the bride, groom, maid of honor and best man.

If you prefer long tables, an 8′ long table will seat 8-10 guests. We discourage seating 10 at an 8′ tables because the table legs. Long tables when set end to end create a beautiful setting when mixed with small round tables.

6′ long tables will seat 6-8 guest, but we do not recommend having guests sit on the ends. 6′ long tables are often set end to end in tents and other spaces that are less than 30′ wide.