When you’re planning your wedding you want every last detail to be perfect. This is your special day and you want to create memories that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives. You’ll invest time and money getting your outfits just right, selecting the right flowers and the perfect venue. But you may not have considered hiring some furniture for your wedding to give a stylish and contemporary feel to the day. Furniture can really complete the atmosphere of your wedding party, and it’s something that is often overlooked. Rio Lounge have put together their top tips for transforming your wedding into a truly magical event:
· Hiring a hall
If you’re planning a winter wedding or just don’t want to take a chance on the elements, this is one of the most popular choices for wedding parties. There are many magnificent venues to choose from, but they can often be let down by tired, dated or simply ordinary furniture. Using a specialist wedding furniture hire company frees you from the constraints of what the venue can offer, allowing you to inject your own taste into the furnishings and set your wedding apart from the rest. It also allows you to create a theme for the event, such as an all-white party which is so chic and contemporary: a white chaise long at the entrance, with a set of club sofas and a coffee table in a cosy corner and a classy white ghost chairs for dining. The effect will be mesmerising!
· Marquee wedding furniture hire
If you’re having a summer wedding, you may be planning a marquee party. After the ceremony, you’ll want to enjoy your wedding breakfast and speeches in style and comfort. There are some stunning contemporary ranges to choose from for formal dining. We also recommend creating separate areas for guests to relax and mingle after the meal. Then, as day turns into evening, create the perfect ambience with some beautiful accessories. Go for romantic lighting with chandeliers and lanterns and protect your guests from any chill in the evening air with patio heaters.
· Garden party wedding
Maybe you’re thinking about a garden party wedding, either as an extension to your marquee party or, weather permitting, a totally outdoor occasion. Furnish your event with stylish outdoor furniture for the patio, lawn or both. White is always a favourite, or choose rich mocha shades for a trendy alternative. Add a splash of colour with some scatter cushions and other accessories. Deckchairs are a great idea for informal areas, not forgetting to add umbrellas to provide some shade from the sun which will hopefully be shining on proceedings.
· Create a cool chill out zone
No matter what setting you choose for your wedding party, it’s worth adding a chill out zone where your guests can take a breather and maybe get to know one another better in a more informal setting. Choose from a range of armchairs, daybeds, ottomans or uber-chic modular rattan furniture to complement your surroundings. Rattan furniture is great for both indoor and outdoor use – so you could have your chill out zone outdoors during the day, bringing it inside when the party really gets started in the evening to give an Ibiza club feel.
· Create a bar area
A stylish bar area will make your wedding truly unforgettable. Your wedding guests will love hanging out on bar stools around the bar which they chat and drink. Or you can set up round poseur tables for them to huddle around and rest their drinks.
Your guests will not fail to be impressed when they see the effort you have made to get the atmosphere just right. Hiring furniture gives the event a fun and contemporary feel, and allows you to create zones where you guests spend their time, before moving to the next part of the day. A bare patch of grass outside a marquee can become a place to congregate and relax in the sun, when you add some sofas and coffee tables. Or let your guests lounge in deckchairs for a more laid back feel.
You can give your wedding party its own unique identity by giving the furniture the attention it deserves when you’re planning your big day. Beautiful and stylish furniture can really add a special finishing touch to your party, so take advantage of wedding furniture hire to create a truly memorable occasion for yourself and your guests.
Contributor: Cheryl Luzet on behalf of Rio Lounge, special occasion furniture hire.