Wedding Planning For Dummies
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Figuring out how much space you need for wedding events isn't easy, especially for the reception site, which has to accommodate tables, chairs, bars, open cocktail space, the dance floor, and so on. Here's a quick chart that tells you how many square feet you need for various wedding events.

Space Recommended Square Feet per Person
Ceremony 8
Cocktails (pre-meal) 8
Cocktails with dance floor 10
Cocktails with hors d'oeuvres stations 12–13
Seated and served meal with dance floor 13–15
Dance floor 3 (for a dancing crowd)

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Marcy Blum (New York, NY), is the co-author of previous editions and a world-renowned event planner who has orchestrated lavish functions for Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Billy Joel and Katie Lee, the Rockefeller family, and Regis and Joy Philbin. Blum is recognized by such publications as New York magazine, who named Marcy their first (and only) "Best Wedding Planner." She frequently contributes her expertise in food, entertaining and decorating as a writer for InStyle Weddings, Town & Country, and?Modern Bride. Blum is often featured and called upon as an industry leader for Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, People, and Brides, and has hosted segments on?The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live! With Regis and Kelly, Dateline and Top Chef.

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