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25 Creative Lounge Areas

One of the hottest growing wedding trends, lounge seating provides not only a spot for guests to mingle away from the chaos of the crowd or to gather and comfortably sip on drinks during cocktail hour but also serves as a way for you to accentuate your wedding theme. Play up your color palette, mix and match pillows, or find a new function for your furniture. Whether your reception is outdoors or indoors, these original lounge areas will serve up a dose of inspiration.

By: Hillary Hoffower

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  • Drapes

    Drapes

    Sheer white drapes are curtained off to shield slender couches in a column-style seating arrangement, protecting guests from the sun and creating a dreamy look.

    Related: 25 Tips for a Great Summer Wedding

    Photo Credit: Caroline Tran

  • Formal Lounge

    Formal Lounge

    From a plush rug and gold hues to a settee and recamier, this formal lounge seating is gorgeously extravagant.

    Photo Credit: Abby Jiu

  • Picturesque Setting

    Picturesque Setting

    The natural elements of wicker couches, wooden wine barrels, and single white flowers pop against the green landscape in a beautifully bucolic lounge area.

    Photo Credit: Kate and Bill Holland of Holland Photo Arts

  • Circus Fun

    Circus Fun

    This circus-inspired lounge area is just plain fun, complete with beanbag seating, splashes of bold colors, and playful streamers and tassels.

    Related: 25+ of the Most Unique Wedding Themes We've Ever Seen

    Photo Credit: Chrisman Studios

  • Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink

    A blush, neutral, and white palette accented with delicate greenery offers a refined feminine style, complete with minimalist furniture for a crisp, clean, and modern feel.

    Related: 50 Ideas for a Modern Wedding

    Photo Credit: Ashlee Taylor / Stylist: Jessie Thomson

  • Focal Point

    Focal Point

    Frame your lounge seating around a focal centerpiece, such as this bouquet of roses whose vibrant pink and orange colors are mimicked by damask and ikat cushions.

    Photo Credit: Paige Winn Photo

  • Boho Vibes

    Boho Vibes

    Reminiscent of a teepee, this canvas sleeping tent holds a bohemian wonderland. Details mix patterns and colors, from floor pillows, poufs, and vintage rugs to Moroccan lanterns and leather Mexican couches.

    Related: 50 Dreamy Dresses for Boho Brides

  • The Luxe Look

    The Luxe Look

    Quilted pods, metallic chairs, and colorful uplighting create a luxe and polished vibe with a more refined take on a nightclub ambiance.

  • Garden Theme

    Garden Theme

    This colorful garden-inspired lounge area is full of quirky flair. Incorporate personal elements, such as vintage armchairs and globes, for your own personal touch. 

    Related: 101 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

  • Tree Stumps

    Tree Stumps

    Let nature do the talking. A cozy fire pit lounge made with tree stumps makes the most of a woodland wedding.

    Photo Credit: Braedon Photography

  • Square Seating

    Square Seating

    Group your furniture in a square so your guests can better socialize. Earth tones and steel blue furniture with gold accents juxtapose against the venue’s wood paneling for rustic glam look.

    Photo Credit: Arrowood Photography / Event Planner: Julie Atwood Events

  • White Vintage

    White Vintage

    Round seating, a curtained backdrop, and antique coffee table add a quaint charm to this vintage setting.

    Related: 50 Ideas for a Vintage-Inspired Wedding

    Photo Credit: Esther Sun

  • Cabanas

    Cabanas

    Luxurious cabanas are simple and elegant, providing your guests with a space to slip away.

    Photo Credit: Ira Lippke Studios

  • Paris Inspired

    Paris Inspired

    A pink and black color theme, mirrored end tables, and preppy striped settee are utterly Parisian chic.

    Photo Credit: Kristen Taylor & Co.

  • Waterfront Views

    Waterfront Views

    Seat your lounge space overlooking the water for a stunning view and cool breeze. With a tree as your centerpiece, providing a roof of decadent greenery and mix of crystal chandeliers, your space will be nothing short of magical and romantic.

    Photo Credit: Aaron Delesie

  • Beach Setting

    Beach Setting

    Bring indoor furniture out. White couches mimic the soft sand and pop against azure skies and seas, while glowing lanterns perfect the beach's dreamy atmosphere.

    Related: 70+ Ideas for Beach Weddings

    Photo Credit: Jenelle Kappe

  • Barnyard Flair

    Barnyard Flair

    These hay bale seats are ideal for a shabby chic barn wedding, romanticized by string lighting, a chandelier, and scattered lanterns.

  • Off to the Side

    Off to the Side

    This fifty-shades-of-beige seating lines the room’s perimeter, giving guests the perfect spot to watch the dance floor.

    Related: The Prettiest Wedding Dance Floors We've Ever Seen

    Photo Credit: Liz Banfield

  • Whimsy Pastels

    Whimsy Pastels

    Stylish armchairs, photo frames, and a streamer backdrop, all in a pastel palette, combine for a whimsical effect. We love how the mirror reflects the reception seating.

  • Benches

    Benches

    Opt for benches instead of couches for a different look; it's even better if they provide a scenic landscape view, like at this stunning vineyard.

    Photo Credit: Tim Halberg

  • Regal Russian

    Regal Russian

    This Russian-inspired festive setting is rich in colors, prints, and details. The gold emblazoned furniture offers a regal feel, while string lighting and birdcages add a dash of eccentricity.

    Related: 200+ Color Combinations for Your Wedding

  • Swing

    Swing

    Who needs a lounge area when you have a lounge swing to sway on? This unique seating is all relaxed elegance with a glittering chandelier to boot.

  • Alcove

    Alcove

    Curtain off an alcove to create a private place for guests to step away from the chaos of the dance floor. Glowing candles and deep burgundy hues give off a sultry and mysterious mood.

    Related: 25 Ways to Transform Your Wedding With Lighting

    Photo Credit: Tay Kaune

  • Leather Details

    Leather Details

    An antique trunk, plush leather with ornate trim, and monogrammed cushions take a step back in time.

    Related: Creative Ways to Use Your Monogram

    Photo Credit: Paige Winn Photo

  • Gold Shimmer

    Gold Shimmer

    With a twinkling backdrop, gold colors, sequin accents, and illuminated candles, this eye-catching lounge area sparkles and shimmers in all its grandeur.

    Related: All That Glitters: Metallic Wedding Inspiration

25 Creative Lounge Areas

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