There are several chair types to choose from when considering your event seating. The two most popular types are the white plastic folding chair and the white resin padded folding chair. The white plastic folding chair is the most economical to rent and the easiest to move around. They weigh about 9 lbs each and can be stacked flat for moving. The white resin folding chair with it's padded seat is more attractive than the plastic folding chair. It is also heavier and sturdier and is often used for wedding events.
In the rental business there are numerous table options including
different sizes and shapes. Tables come in two basic shapes, round and rectangular. Most wedding use a combination of these two shapes. The most popular sizes for round tables are 48", 60", and 72" with the 60" being the most popular. The rectangular tables most often rented are the 72" and the 96" ones. These tables are usually 30" wide but also come in narrower versions. All of the tables are available with plywood or plastic tops.
For seating numbers see my post "How many per table".
For budget minded folks, and who's not now days, double duty for rented chairs is a good alternative. Instead of have a set of chairs for the ceremony and a set of chairs for the reception you could use
the same chairs for both. The only obstacle is moving the chairs from ceremony to reception. If the wedding and reception are in the same spot than it's easier. Just pull out the tables and rearrange the chairs. If the wedding and reception are in different places but close together you can ask quests to carry a chair from the wedding area to the reception area or have a group of people designated as 'chair movers'.
A common question for table and chair rental companies is how many people will fit at each table. This is important to know for proper event planning. Below is a chart showing how many people can sit at different types and sizes of rental tables.
6ft rectangular table - 3 on each side for a total of 6 (you can also put one on each end for a total of 8)
8ft rectangular table - 4 on each side for a total of 8 (you can also put one on each end for a total of 10)
48" round table - 6 people
60" round table - 8 people
72" round table - 10 people
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