Post # 1
Has anyone created a lounge area for guests at the reception? I think it’s a good idea for guests who are tired of dancing or for little kids that need a nap. I would like to know if there is an affordable way to do this without renting really costly furniture? Here’s an inspiration board from Syle Me Pretty that shows a lounge area in the lower right. It looks really simple and elegant, but I would think it would be expensive to get the draping and to rent these sofas. Any suggestions?
Post # 3
I’ve seen some lounge areas done using stuff from Ikea. They sell inexpensive draperies and cushions in white. You could buy these then resell them, it might be cheaper than renting. Or maybe see if you and another local bride can split the cost and help set it up at each other’s weddings?
Post # 4
There were pictures from Rebecca Romain and Jerry O’Connell’s wedding (SO CUTE TOGETHER!) where they used bales of hay and covered them with quilts. It didn’t look hokey at all.
Post # 5
its depends on what you consider expensive but nowadays a lot of rental companies outsource for lounge furniture as well. You can also always do ‘studio rentals’ from furniture stores.
Lounges can be done simply by cushiony foam squares.
Post # 6
If you are less concerned about the look and just want to provide a place for people to sit and talk, maybe you could use extra chairs with covers on them. Seat them in a U-shape or semi-circle and put some throw pillows on a couple of them. You could dress up the area with an inexpensive area rug (they sell plain ones at Walmart and Target for about $30). And I agree that Ikea would be a great place to get inexpensive draperies and cushions. You may even be able to pick up a couple end tables there, too.
Post # 7
We did it and it was wonderful!
Our dance floor was outlined with four lounges (biiig ottomans), covered in brown fabric with fun fluffy (and furry) pillows. We had small square tables with a little floral and candle, so people could rest their drinks somewhere.
Everyone used them, from grandparents to friends! There are even some nice shots of my husband and I taking a break on one of them.
GO FOR IT! Ours totalled $1000 for all the lounge components. It really set the tone for our reception.
Post # 8
Since our venue is the country club, there actually is a lounge area with comfy furniture – you go by it on the way to the main part of the clubhouse. There are also several small private dining rooms – we are going to use one for vendors who want to eat separately (thanks bees for that advice), one for a supervised kids’ room with movies and toys and such, and probably the other for my sister to have a private place to breastfeed. I expect to find lots of people in the comfy chairs as the evening goes on.
Post # 9
I want a lounge as well and am looking for some inexpensive ideas on how to create one.
Post # 10
We did have a lounge area, but all due to our venue. We got married at a country club and they have a foyer/lounge room set up so we didn’t have to do anything.
But now that our wedding has pasted i can tell you it was a hit! most of our older guests who didn’t dance opted to sit out there and most people with babies also.
Post # 11
We have booked our lounge furniture at Tip Top Party Rentals in Los Angeles.
They carry wonderful pieces for fair prices. Can’t wait until March
We got an early bird special (that is offered if you book at least 3 month ahead).
I think it is a great idea to have a lounge area at the reception for people to get comfy.
Check out http://www.tiptoppartyrentals.com they have lots of pictures and prices are online as well.