An emerging trend in wedding receptions, once again, is to include a guest lounge at the wedding reception. This is a place where your wedding guests can mingle and relax away from the dance floor and enjoy snacks and refreshments. This area can be decorated to match the theme of the wedding and adds a relaxed atmosphere where your guests can retreat to enjoy some one-on-one conversation. Some reception lounges will have a sports bar set up, a photo booth, games tables or a caricature artist, as many of these activities are becoming common place at wedding celebrations.
In 2012, there was a huge rise in guest lounges at wedding receptions with an emphasis on creating a comfortable space away from the dance floor where guests can kick back and relax. Another idea, if you have children or young teens attending with their parents, would be to set up a kid’s lounge and employ a few babysitters to keep an eye on the youngsters. This is a great idea as it lets the kids be themselves with supervision and yet allows the parents some adult time either on the dance floor or in conversation as they mingle among the other guests.
Themes for a guest lounge can be as unique as your wedding celebration. At an outdoor wedding the lounge area could include furniture one would normally only see inside such as sofas, chairs, chaises, coffee tables, even daybeds. Other furnishings could include special lights for the evening, torches, candles even chandeliers. Many wedding specialists and party rental companies now include wedding lounge furnishings to suit every style and budget.
Wedding specials around the world are now incorporating wedding lounge planning as part of mainstream wedding fare. A few years ago, prior to 2008, when the economy was thriving and weddings were becoming more extravagant wedding lounges became more common but often only in “over-the-top” events. With this new trend, the lounge is about creating a place for the guests to feel at home regardless of the size or grandeur of the wedding. One theme is to have a quiet place outside (dependent on weather …not in Ottawa in the dead of winter!), decorating with hanging lanterns, torches, candlelight and fire pits to add a different dimension once nightfall. Other ideas are to have a full party sports bar complete with games tables.
In the end, your wedding is a day you will never forget and likely most of your guests will remember for some time. Planning a getaway for your guests from the dance floor with a lounge ensures that the party attendance will stay stronger longer as will the memories.
Don’t forget this weekend is the Ottawa Wedding Show:
WHEN: February 16 & 17, 2013
WHERE: Ernst & Young Centre
4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa, ON
HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 11-5
Admission: FREE to General Public
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