Why Do I Want a Lounge at My Wedding and How Do I Choose the Style?
Updated: May 12
As more and more couples do their best to create a celebration that keeps family and friends both entertained and comfortable, much thought is put into the seating arrangements for loved ones – and we're not just talking about reception tables! Wedding lounge areas – characterized by plush lounge furniture, chic coffee tables, accent tables and ottomans – are a popular wedding trend that can be set up for during cocktail hour or for the entire reception. We've seen some beautiful lounges at outdoor weddings, tent receptions, and ballroom affairs.
To create the look for yourself, rent lounge furniture in the same or similar color palette and the same style as the rest of your décor. And always make sure they are well lit (but not too brightly). Lanterns with LED candles work perfectly here. You don't have to worry the lit candles will blow out, spill wax, or worse, start a fire on the grass or the furniture itself. And lanterns can be rented in styles to match ANY wedding decor.
Styling ideas: If yours is a modern wedding with jewel tones, rent a neutral or black leather or leather-look grouping, but pull in those deep colors with throw pillows on the furniture and the area rug. Add in a couple of complimentary accent chairs and perhaps a soft ottoman or two. If your colors are muted or pastel, rent an Ikea branded lounge with soft creams and other colors. Add a birch accent table or coffee table.
If your fete is more vintage or antique styled, rent a set (or even several!) of Queen Anne style furniture pieces. Add in a vintage trunk (or even suitcases!) and top with several decor pieces that pull in that decor style. Add a couple vintage pillows and a comfy neutral throw or a throw that pulls in your wedding colors. Heck, even add a super old farm table outdoors to set up a display to pair with the lounge.
A natural or "boho" theme would look great with Scandinavian (sometimes better known as "Ikea") style furnishings with neutral light woods like birch. This style pairs well with ceramics and pottery filled with loose and lush greenery placed atop a coffee table, and overall, a soft, neutral color palette. Add a pastel or soft green throw and pillows that compliment your wedding colors. A couple side chairs and perhaps a faux(!) fur or natural fabric pouf or two. Rattan and wicker are also trending right now.
And with any of these style ideas, adding in poufs, throws or pillows is a great way to tie your wedding colors in to the whole set.
Some ideas of where to set up include a space at your venue that allows for a grouping of furniture right next to the bar. As guests imbibe, they may want somewhere to relax and mingle with other guests, but still feel "part of the action". What better way to have your loved ones enjoy each other's company than by giving them a space to be entertained in a comfortable, homey setting?
Another idea is to add a quiet area outside of your tent or venue (as long as the weather permits). This way, older guests can find a quiet spot to chat with relatives or friends they may not have seen in years. And perhaps they might stay a little longer than they normally would. But always be sure that you and your fiance (and/or your waitstaff) don't forget they are out there!
And just an idea. Make sure the rental company you hire for these lounges is also familiar with design and the flow of your reception. Sure, rental companies can be chosen that will just drop off the stuff and then take off. Hire a pro, like all of us here at Heart Wedding Decor. We know styles and we know flow of a reception. Let's work together!
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