How many guests can I fit at each table?
It depends on the size of the table. My personal favorite is a 60" round with 8 guests. The table is a nice size for intimate conversation and there is enough room for everyone to feel comfortable.
Since it is not always possible to break up your guest list in groups of 8, I recommend a 72" round for 10 guests. This is a comfortable seating arrangement that so that guests are not "elbow to elbow". Remember, there is going to be a lot on each tabletop! Besides the centerpiece, that for each guest, there is a charger, menu, napkin, several glasses (champagne flute, white wine glass, red wine glass, and water glass), flatware, bread plate, and possibly a place card. Below is a photo of a 60" round set for 8 guests. As you can see, there is already a lot on the table before guests arrive with escort cards, cameras and handbags!
On a budget? Seat 12 guests at a 72" round to get the most bang for your buck in terms of centerpieces. Be sure not to crowd the table with elaborate centerpieces. I would also recommend putting the favors on the escort table in stead of at each place setting.
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