How Much Space Do You Need for Your Wedding?

By Marcy Blum

Part of Wedding Planning For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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)