When you’re thinking of making a wedding party, how do you choose what’s the perfect size?
And how do those guests compare with the rest of your family?
The answer to those questions will vary depending on the type of event you’re planning.
It’s not as simple as the size of the table, but the number of guests is a big factor in deciding what size the party is, said Ashley Jones, a wedding planner and social media expert at Sydney’s Wedding Planner Group.
“It’s important to get to the right size for your guests because you want them to be happy, because you’re going to want them around and you want to feel loved,” she said.
Ms Jones said guests are also important in making sure you’re not leaving them wanting more, and so if you want your guests to be in a great mood, you should make sure they’re able to sit comfortably and are in good shape.
If you’re looking to have guests who have the potential to be your best friend, make sure you plan to get a bigger party, she said, adding you’ll also want to ensure you have guests in a good mood.
“If you can’t have a great party, you don’t have guests,” she added.
But if you’re feeling a little less generous, try the traditional size.
A standard size party would include guests sitting in a single room with a large bed, a table and chairs.
An extra-large party will have guests on two separate tables, with a couch and a big screen, and it may include a big table and chair.
To get the best possible party size, the planter or table should be big enough to hold a couple, Ms Jones said.
“It should also be reasonably spacious so that it can accommodate more guests.”
The ideal size for a wedding is the smallest you can fit all your guests in, Ms Tilly said.
She recommends having about 10 to 15 guests, but a small party could include as few as six.
You should also make sure that the party’s location is appropriate, and that it’s within a distance of people you can reach, such as a supermarket, airport or train station.
If you have a group of three or more people, she recommends having the party at the edge of a park or forest, or even within walking distance of your house.
So if you have people at a house, a family or a friend’s home, you can arrange for the party to be organised by putting them in a car, or using a caravan.
The biggest advantage to a larger party is it can be arranged for in a smaller venue, which means you can hold your guests longer, and have a more secure experience, she added: “I think it’s the best way to get the most out of it.”
Ms Tilly also recommends having a large window or balcony so guests can watch the guests, and having people in the party sitting in their seats.
Once you’ve decided on the size, you may want to consider whether you need a large or small space for the table.
While large parties can be more comfortable, large tables may feel like a lot, and they can make guests feel claustrophobic, Ms Smith said.
But if guests feel comfortable in the seating position and they’re not looking forward to sitting down, they’ll enjoy having a smaller space, she suggested.
“We know that people tend to be uncomfortable when they sit in a large group,” Ms Tillys said.
“It can be very uncomfortable.
So if you’ve got a small space, it will give people more space to breathe and to move around.”
Ms Jones also said that having a party with a lot of guests makes it easier to get everyone’s attention.
“I think the ideal size is the size that you can comfortably hold three people,” she explained.
“You need about four people for the most part.”
And if you don´t have a party planned, Ms D’Arcy suggested you can use your wedding planner to help decide what size party you want.
In addition to having a group size, guests can also be asked to bring their own utensils and to bring snacks, such to share a table with friends, she advised.
“You can use those utensil, but I’d recommend having a friend or family member bring the snacks,” she suggested, adding that it will make guests happier.
This article originally appeared in The Conversation.