21 May Tipi Wedding & Event Floor Plans with round tables
Round tables have been the traditional choice for weddings for certainly as long as I can remember. Couples looking to have round tables in their tipi wedding venue may be looking to combine this traditional aspect with the fresh, modern feel of a tipi. This article is about the tipi floor plans for weddings and events using round tables and the technicalities, pros and cons of using round tables.
First of all, we use 5ft 6 diameter round tables to seat up to 10 guests. You can fit a maximum of 6 tables in one tipi, seating up to 60 guests.
For weddings and events of 60 day guests, we would recommend 2 tipis if you would like to have a dance floor area.
For weddings and events of up to 120 day guests, we would recommend 3 tipis. These can be in a linear or triangular formation, although it’s worth noting that when they are arranged in a triangle, the floor area is larger than when they’re in a line (due to how they connect). In each of the 3 tipi floor plans below, the tipis are in a triangular configuration but of course we can set them up in a line.
For weddings and events of up to 180 day guests, we would recommend a minimum of 4 tipis. 3 of the 4 tipis would be taken up by tables and seating, leaving only 1 tipi to dance and socialise in. One tipi has a standing capacity of roughly 100 people. Considering you may also have a cake table, band or DJ, chill out seating or bar and additional evening guests, it may be that 5 tipis would be better suited for your wedding or event.
THE PROS AND CONS OF USING ROUND TABLES
- Traditional way to seat guests at weddings
- Guests can see each person seated at their table
- More space on the table for formal place settings and glassware
- More space on the table for shared food / platters
- More space on the table for table decorations
- Seating capacity in the tipis is reduced
- Tables take up more space and are less versatile
- More difficult to have conversations with other guests seated further away – seating plans will be more important.
- Require table cloths
- Less easy to move to create more space for the evening guests / entertainment.
TIPI FLOOR PLAN FOR 60 DAY GUESTS
2 tipis are usually recommended for events with up to 120 people, so with this layout you could accommodate 60 day guests + 60 evening guests. If you wanted to, it would be possible to add another couple of tables into the 2nd tipi to create a space for 80 day guests, but as round tables take up a lot of space, we would recommend considering moving these tables to the side when the evening entertainment begins.
TIPI FLOOR PLAN FOR 100 DAY GUESTS
For events with 100 guests, we recommend 3 tipis as the best part of 2 tipis will be taken up by tables and chairs. If you’d like space between tables to be more spacious, consider having 5 tables to a tipi. If you are planning to invite a lot of evening guests, consider the 2nd layout shown where there is a larger single area for guest to stand. The area where the tipis connect are ideal for a cake or gift table.
TIPI FLOOR PLAN FOR 120 DAY GUESTS
As we mentioned above, you gain additional floor space by connecting the tipis in a triangle like this.
We would recommend 160 guests in total for 3 tipi weddings and events so this space would be suitable for 120 day guests + 40 evening guests.
4 TIPIS FOR UP TO 180 DAY GUESTS
As you can see, the diamond layouts offer more space than this extended triangle layout. With 180 seated, you could comfortably invite another 40 people as evening guests to your 4 tipi event. If you are considering the extended triangle layout, I would suggest being open to move a few tables to the side so that the standing capacity around the dance floor is greater.
OPTIONS TO CREATE MORE SPACE:
Ask a few of your guests before the wedding to be responsible for moving a few tables to the side when the evening entertainment begins. As the tipi canvas slopes upwards towards the centre, you won’t lose any usable space by popping the tables to the side. Just remember not to take away tables where your elderly guests are sitting!
Another option is to use an extension kit to create more space. We have a Crystal Wall Extension, which is a PVC window panel and zip door way. When you lift a side, you normally create an entrance, but this panel fits over the entrance space to create a large window, letting in natural light and giving you 30% more usable floor space in 1 tipi.
5 TIPIS FOR UP TO 180 DAY GUESTS
Adding a 5th tipi to your 180 day guest event will ensure you and your guests will have plenty of space and alleviate any concerns about moving tables. We are working on images currently and will be sharing these as soon as possible.
Cotswold Tipis is a tipi and bell tent hire company based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. We service the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Monmouthshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.