20 Wedding Lounge Area Ideas to Transform Your Big Day

Wedding lounge areas are the perfect way to create an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. Your wedding day is certainly one of the most memorable days in your life, and your reception will play a big role! After all, it’s all about having a good time and celebrating with friends and family. So, whether outdoors or indoors, you want your guests to have a comfortable place to relax. And your wedding lounge area will provide the perfect place for guests to hang out and enjoy themselves while they’re waiting for dinner or taking a break from dancing to grab a drink.

So if you want to create a comfortable area where your guests can relax and mingle, read below for some gorgeous wedding lounge areas that your guests will love.

1. Beach

Get inspired by your wedding location! Whether your reception is actually on the beach, or in an exotic destination, decorate your wedding lounge area to match the vibe. Use umbrellas, cushions, low tables, sand tones, or sea tones. You can even add some hammocks to make your guests feel more relaxed.

beach wedding lounge area
Photography: Photo By Julieta | Event Design: Marianna Idirin | Planning: Ary Iturralde | Lounge Rentals: Warehouse Rentals
beach wedding lounge area
Photography: Jodi & Kurt

2. Drapery

Give your lounge area a touch of elegance with drapery. Use neutral-toned fabrics to upgrade the relaxing spot. It also adds some intimacy to the area which is ideal for a small wedding. You can also use drapery if you want to mix up the space around a larger wedding area.

draped wedding lounge area
Photography: Keil Rucker
draped lounge area
Photography: Norman & Blake

3. Vintage

Vintage wedding styles aren’t going out of style any time soon! So if you want your decoration to have an old-time feel, consider your favorite time period. From the roaring ’20s and glamorous ’50s to the hippie ’60s, go ahead and incorporate your historic moment. You can even go as far back as the opulent Renaissance or Victorian eras!

vintage wedding lounge area
Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Design & Planning: Tasteful Tatters | Florals: Lark Farnum Design | Lounge Rentals: Archive Rentals
vintage wedding lounge area
Photography: Kristin Moore Photography | Planning: Gather Together | Lounge Rentals: Paisely & Jade

4. Playful Pink

This option is ideal for brides that want to inject extra femininity and romance into their special day. Play with different pink tones from bright to soft, depending on how vibrant or subtle you want your decor. This color can be more versatile than you think!

wedding lounge areas
Photography: Vasia Weddings
wedding lounge areas
Photography: Meg Smith | Planning: Alison Events | Design & Florals: Natalie Bowen Designs

5. Neutral Chic

If you’re looking for wedding lounge areas that are timeless and chic, opt for neutral-colored seating. Use creams, whites, beiges, tans, and grays. You can even add wooden elements for an extra natural vibe.

wedding lounge area
Photography: Larissa Cleveland
wedding lounge area
Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography | Florals: Myrtie Blue

6. Rustic Charm

Rustic is defined by a no-fuss aesthetic that highlights subtle tones, organic elements, and natural beauty. It’s the ideal theme for a laid-back wedding lounge area. Your guests will feel the cozy warmth of being right at home!

boho wedding lounge
Photography: Elizabeth Zuluaga
wedding lounge area
Photography: Brandon Kidd Photo | Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Lounge Rentals: Found Rentals

7. Crisp White

The simplicity of this hue is perfect for any special day. Whether you’re going for a formal, classic, or whimsical style, it will make your wedding lounge area feel bright, fresh, and clean. Decorate your seating with beautiful white blooms in different shapes and sizes.

Photography: Aaron Delesie
white wedding lounge area
Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Design & Florals: The Dazzling Details | Venue:  Villa Celeste

8. Pops of Color

Make your special day pop with a vibrant and colorful lounge area. Choose contrasting tones and unexpected combinations to surprise your guests. Or go with one staple favorite to show off your personality.

colorful wedding lounge area
Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Planning: LJ Events | Florals: Forget Me Knot Flowers | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
wedding lounge area
Photography: Stetten Wilson | Design & Planning: Amorology Weddings | Florals: Native Poppy | Rentals: Folklore

9. Boho Vibe

Make your wedding lounge areas ethereal and earthly with a boho vibe. Combine bold, unconventional, and eclectic elements for a relaxed and indie feel. Mix in burnt orange, golden yellow, forest green, and burgundy red hues for an autumnal bohemian wedding.

wedding lounge areas
Photography: Carrie McCluskey
Photography: Ivory Rose Photography | Planning: lovelicious life | Design & Florals: Deko Denk

10. Soft Pastels

Soft and sweet pastels are ultra romantic for spring and summer weddings. They make any wedding exude romance and femininity. So use airy and light shades of blue, purple, green, yellow, or pink for a dreamy wedding lounge area.

wedding lounge areas
Photography: Kristina Lorraine | Planning: Graceful Events
Photography: Rebecca Yale | Lounge Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Florals: Loop Event Arts

11. Scenic Seating

This is perfect if your wedding is going to take place in beautiful surroundings. Make the most of the beautiful backdrop of rolling hills, ocean views, vineyards, or beach resorts by positioning your seating strategically for an unforgettable photo op!

wedding lounge area
Photography: Chris and Ruth
wedding lounge area
Photography: Sally Pinera | Design & Planning: So Happi Together | Lounge Rentals: Found Rentals 

12. Fireplace

If your wedding is going to be in the cooler season, then consider arranging your lounge area around a fireplace. It adds to the cozy and warm ambiance for your special day. It’s ideal for both a fall or winter wedding. You can even decorate it with fairy lights and add in a s’mores bar.

wedding lounge areas
Photography: Linda Chaja

13. Modern Retro

Play with different textures, and types of seating for a modern retro look. Use a combination of present and past design elements with bold colors to create a funky feel. If you want your area to be even more eyecatching add in striking prints or geometric shapes.

retro wedding lounge area
Photography: Kami Olavarria | Design & Planning: Plan Prep Party | Florals: The Floral Craft | Lounge Rentals: CC Vintage 
modern retro wedding decoration
Photography: Anna Gomes

14. Intimate & Cosy

Pick a secluded spot in your reception venue for an intimate lounge area. If it’s summer, make sure it’s shaded too. For instance, this is perfect for guests that want some down time in between dancing and socializing. Or if you and your partner want a private moment to take everything in.

wedding lounge areas
Photography: David Pascolla

15. Festival Fun

Festival-inspired weddings are on the rise, and a lounge area is definitely a must for this style! Take inspiration from a countryside party or barn-inspired celebration for a unique seating space. Use hay bale seating, wildflowers, fairy lights, and tipi tents.

festival wedding lounge area
Photography: Rachel Takes Pictures | Design & Planning: Butler & White | Venue: The Party Field | Florals: Rust Bloom
barn wedding decoration
Photography: Jonny Gouldstone

16. Earthy Aesthetic

Lean into nature for a seating area that is laid back and inviting. Use bamboo, lots of mixed greenery, and neutral-toned fabrics. These natural elements are easy, inexpensive, and a gorgeous way to show off a rustic aesthetic.

wedding lounge areas
Photography: Veronika Ward

17. Classically Minimal

A classic aesthetic is a way to go for brides that are celebrating a formal and traditional day. The minimal approach works for any style without overpowering other elements of your reception decor. It lets you add a slightly casual aspect, without taking away from your elegant style and tone.

minimal wedding lounge seating
Photography: Jose Villa

18. Velvet Sophistication

Velvet is a great way to combine indoor sophistication with an outdoor space. Use one tone for a sleek aesthetic, or different contrasting colors for a playful vibe. This fabric also works well for a winter wedding. Use a gorgeous green for a festive aesthetic.

Photography: Norman and Blake | Lounge Rentals: Found Rental Co.
velvet wedding lounge area
Photography: The Edges

19. Secret Garden

This secret garden wedding lounge area is gorgeous for a small outdoor celebration. The Provencial-inspired decor adds a touch of romance with a charming mix of rustic flair.

wedding lounge area
Photography: Garrett Richardson Photography | Planning: Crown Weddings | Florals: Jennifer Cole Florals | Lounge Rentals: Folklore
Photography: Ikonica

20. A Central Showpiece

Instead of having a wedding lounge area that is off to one side why not keep it central? Make your seating unique by incorporating a circular lounge area in the middle of the dance floor. This lets your guests take a moment to rest while still being part of the fun.

wedding lounge areas
Photography: Tim Willoughby

Make sure that your wedding lounge areas are both functional and fun with these ideas to match any style. For more wedding reception inspiration head to WedBoard. You’ll find ideas and advice including, 20 Gorgeous Wedding Table Runner Ideas, How to Choose a Wedding Venue, and 18 Unique Wedding Seating Chart Ideas.

Featured image: Amy & Stuart

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