How Many Tables Do I Need?
Step 1: Determine the number of guests, NOT including your wedding party.
Step 2: Choose what type of table they will be seated at.
Step 3: Determine how many people you want to seat at each table, using the table capacity chart below.
Table Size: Seats Comfortably : Seats Uncomfortably
30" Bistro Round: 2 to 4 : 4+
48" Round: 4 to 6 : 6+
60" Round: 6 to 8 : 8+
66" Round: 8 to 10 : 10+
72" Round: 10 to 12 : 12+
6' (30x72) Banquet: 6 (3 on each side) (or 3 on each side and 1 on each end for total 8)
8' (30x96) Banquet: 8 (4 on each side) (or 4 on each side and 1 on each end for total 10)
Step 4: Divide The number of guests by the number of people you can sit at each table to determine the number of tables you need.
150 guests / 8 (at 60" round tables) = 18.75 - Round UP to get 19 tables needed
Most likely you will use banquet tables with the wedding party and bride and groom sitting on only one side.
To determine how many head tables you need, determine the total number in the wedding party you want seated with you.
6' banquet tables seat 3 on one side, and 8' banquet tables seat 4 on one side. Divide your wedding party up by these blocks of 3 and 4.
Head Table of 10
Sweetheart Table flanked by the bridal party
You can fit 4 chafing dishes per 8' banquet table, with room for plates and accessories at one end.
Typically, if you are serving buffet style, with lines moving along both sides, you will need two 8' banquet tables per 100 guests.
Don't forget other tables you may need:
A welcome table
A table for gifts
A guestbook and/or escort card table
A self-serve drink table and bar
Cocktail tables for cocktail hour
A table for a cake or dessert display
A guest favors table
A memorial tribute table
A table for your DJ if they need one