The Reception Lounge Phenomenon
Planning an event can be challenging. There’s the location, menu, entertainment, circulation of guests and staff… so much to consider. One more option to think about is including a reception lounge. The lounge concept has become quite popular for weddings, rehearsal dinners and social events of all kinds, and with good reason.
Renting lounge furniture and creating attractive groupings isn’t new, but it’s grown phenomenally! Far from just seating, a reception lounge is a second environment, separate from the rest of the event. A lounge is a great area for guests to mingle and catch up without bobbing around centerpieces, and the perfect place to take a break from busting out all of their sweet moves on the dance floor. Guests appreciate a quiet place where they can converse without raising their voices to be heard over a DJ or band.
Indoor events can take advantage of the structure of the building. Turn an out-of-the-way corner into an inviting lounge by adding lighting, pipe and drape and decor to really make an ambient setting. Use the same techniques to create an outdoor lounge.
With all of the amazing things going on in the tenting world, a lack of structure is not going to stop anyone from creating a dramatic scene for their guests to enjoy! Taking this concept to the next level will create a standout look and will further the theme of the event. Rental companies have a vast variety of styles and colors that will pull it all together, whether it’s a modern, shabby chic, victorian, bohemian, rustic or some other style. Be sure to include convenient places to set drinks or food. For mid day outdoor events shade is usually necessary, while an evening event may require, lighting, heat lamps or a fire pit to keep the chill at bay.
If space is plentiful, two or three small lounges may be a great idea. Often a hotel or ballroom will have access to a patio or lobby area where lounges can be arranged. Outdoor events can take advantage of a great view, or be tucked away in an intimate corner under the trees. Even smaller events, like a rehearsal dinner, shower or social gathering can benefit from the more relaxed setting of a lounge. Corporate events are perfect for incorporating a lounge.
No matter what the style or size, a reception lounge offers guests a comfortable place to engage in conversation, reminisce, or make new friends. Embrace it, and create an experience guests will fondly remember.
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