How to Calculate the Square Feet Per Person for a Backyard Wedding Reception


When planning a wedding, if using a backyard, it is important to plan the square footage per person at the reception. If there are too many people in the backyard, then the reception will feel cramped. If there is too much room per person, then the reception may feel very spread-out and empty. A good goal to shoot for is about 15 square feet per person.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Measure the area of the yard. Measure the length, from the front of the yard to the back, and the width, side to side. For example, a wedding planner measures the dimensions of a yard as 40 feet by 20 feet.

  • Multiply the length by the width. This finds the area of the yard. In the example, the yard has 800 square feet.

  • Divide the square footage of the yard by the number of guests. In the example, the wedding is expecting 50 guests. So 800 square feet divided by 50 guests equals 16 square feet per person.

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