Sunshine Tent & Party provides quality party and event rental services in the Southern New England
region. (see
: Tent Rentals Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts) We are a full
service rental company that is
family owned and operated. Our product lines include party tents,
dance floors, tent flooing, tables, chairs, linens.

Our new line of custom made
sail clothe fabric high peak tents create romantic lighting effect
without the negatives of additional center poles. These tents also have valances that help keep
rain and wind from spoiling your party.
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The majority of seated style receptions use either 5 foot round tables or a 6 foot round tables. The variables are
the amount of guests seated per table and the spacing between the tables. Both of these variables can
significantly effect how large a tent you will need.

Plated dinners require more space between tables. You should allow a least five feet to 6 between tables for
wait staff. (
See a tent with type of spacing).

Family style serving and dinners served with multiple plates (Clam bakes are a good example of these needs)
require larger tables with less guests per table.

Your overall wedding budget can be effected by the type of seating you choose. Using a 6 foot round table
seating 12 rather than a 5 foot round seating 8 will reduce the amount of tables by a third. This also means third
less table linens and center pieces. More importantly, your tent needs will be almost a third less. If your on a tight
budget or don't have the space for a large tent, this type of seating may be the best to use. (
See a tent with
this type of seating).

Most of our customers choose 6 foot rounds seating 10 guests per table with approximately 4 to 5 feet between
the tables. This arrangement works well with buffet serving and gives your guests plenty of elbow room. 6 foot
rounds also have plenty of room at the center of the table for center pieces. (
See a tent with this seating

If your calculating the size of the tent you will need use the following square footage needed per seated guest.
     4 foot spacing (Minimum Recommended)      5 Foot Spacing (Average)     6 Foot Spacing ( Plated Serving)
6 Foot Rounds Seating 10                        10                                                        12                                                    14
6 Foot Rounds Seating 12                          8                                                        10                                                    12
5 Foot Rounds Seating   8                        11                                                        13                                                    15
5 Foot Rounds Seating 10                          9                                                        11                                                    13
5X5 Squares-same as 5 foot rounds
To calculate square footage for seating needs, take the square footage for your chosen seating and times this
by the amount of seated guests. Head tables and sweet heart table have special square footage needs and
must be calculated separately,
(See bridal party seating).

You can visit our sample tent prints page for additional seating information.