Over the past 2 to 3 years it has become increasing popular to incorporate lounge style decor into a wedding reception layout. I have counseled many of my clients on this issue and thought I would share with you some deciding factors I use to see if it’s right for my clients. Here are a few things to consider to help you decide whether or not a lounge is right for you.
1. Know Your Guests– Are you anticipating a party crowd or a more reserved and low key group of revelers. Would you say more than 40% of your guests actively go out to clubs, lounges and high end restaurants. If your answer is yes than you will most likely have guests who will enjoy and appreciate the added touch and investment. If not you may want to think about whether or not to utilize the money you would spend on the lounge in another area that would give you more bang for your buck. More elaborate centerpieces, up-lighting throughout the room or a late night comfort station of edible goodies and warm beverages for departing guests might be a wiser way to spend your money while still providing an added touch of class.
2. Location, Location, Location– If you do not want to loose half of your “fun crowd” to the cool lounge set up you will want to make sure the lounge is ideally between two things, the bar and the dance floor! If you put it out in an adjoining room or all the way in Siberia ( ya know…that dark, far corner of the room where the waiters usually stand ) you run the risk of nobody using it or loosing substantial groups of people for long periods of time. Keep the party people together!
3. Is There Room? To create a lounge that really looks and feels the part you are going to want to include at least 2 sleek sofas, 1-2 coffee tables and 2-4 end tables so guests can comfortably rest their glasses and plates. Adding 2 to 3 highboys tables is also a nice touch that guests appreciate and will put to good use. That being said there should be plenty of room for guests to move in and around the lounge area and hop onto the dance floor at a moments notice!
4. What’s Your Budget– Adding on a lounge can be a nice touch but it is an additional expense that is often well over $1000. That being said it should be factored in only if you are comfortable in all of your major areas. If you are scrimping in a key area to make concessions I would seriously rethink your choice. Guests go to a wedding and expect to see and experience a beautiful ceremony, great food & drink, lovely decor and music that moves them. Anything beyond that is the icing on the cake! So make sure you have all your bases well covered first.
5. Personalize the Space– If you are all set on a lounge and know it’s the perfect addition to your wedding than talk with your party planner or decorator about personalizing the space so that it reflects you and your wedding style. Having a textured, soft area rug or custom pillows made with your new monogram can be a great way to add your stamp on the rented furniture as well as provide a keepsake for your new life and home together. Incorporating the colors of your wedding into simple side table arrangements and adding votive candles will give a warm and inviting feel to the lounge area as well.