Let's be honest. If there's one thing guests hate at a wedding it's standing for long periods in their uncomfortable, expensive shoes (particularly those donning their most fabulous pair of sky-high heels).
Ever attended someone's big day and been totally distracted by your aching feet? If you have, you'll know that its the ONLY thing you can think about. Even if the bride is stunning, the vows are beautiful and the food is divine, it ruins your entire experience as a wedding guest.
As a bride, you're probably working pretty hard to create an incredible day that your guests will love. We want to entertain and impress our guests, not drag them through a hideously long day of physical pain (obviously!). But so many couples forget about the 'foot factor'.
Great news is, it's so simple to prevent this common issue and ensure your guests are set for celebration ... and there's more than one way to do it. Today we have some (deliciously gorgeous) inspiration to get your guests off their feet!
We want your guests to rave about the delicious food, incredible styling, hilarious speeches and beautiful bride (of course) ... not head home complaining amongst each other about the lack of seating.
Remember, don't worry if you're having a sit down wedding, extra seating isn't just for those preparing a cocktail celebration. Guests love having somewhere to chat, watch the dancing (and enjoy their slice of cake) after the plates have been cleared.
Lounge areas with plush sofas and soft cushions are awesome for so many reasons. Firstly, they can be so pretty, offering an opportunity to reflect and enhance your styling for your whole day. Secondly, they're super comfortable and guests love them. Thirdly they're perfect indoors or out and fourthly they're pretty (did we say that already?). Cluster them under strings of festoons, add plush cushions and finish with florals - perfect
Ok so this might be our favourite option. Why wouldn't you want a hammock at your wedding? Admittedly, hammocks won't suit every style of day, but we can think of so many ways you could integrate it into a rustic, boho, relaxed kind of occasion. We're imaging gorgeous hammocks strung up amongst beautiful trees or on a big verandah and can see them in beach or garden settings, surrounded by other seating options (like cane furniture or picnic rugs and floor cushions).
3. Straw bales
Appropriate for a more rustic occasion, straw bales are an inexpensive, relaxed seating option. Just remember to cover those babies up with fabric so they don't poke all your poor guests in the legs (this also reduces dust that might come from them and spark guest hay fever issues). When you source your 'bales' remember that hay and straw are two different things (hay comes in many forms but tends to be made of finer, dustier strands while straw has big shiny strands and tends to be less dusty).
4. Rugs (and comfy cushions)
Oh how we love a pretty wedding picnic. But, even if you're not having a full on picnic celebration, rugs and comfy floor cushions are a perfect for a bohemian, relaxed affair. Select rich, patterned rugs that fit in with your overall style concept and cover (generously) in pillows. You could even throw in some picnic baskets or boxes with champagne and nibbles. Surround with clusters of lanterns and string pretty lights above and this pretty seating option will work after dark too.
Tall bar stools, petite short stools, rustic timber stools, glam metallic stools ..we love stoos! Cluster them round bar tables or wine barrels, intersperse short ones amongst lounge furniture, or line them up against a bar or empty wall. Sools are easy to source through hire companies, more cost effective than lounge furniture and come in heaps of different styles.
6. Bench seating
Bench seats come in SO many shapes, colours and sizes, so it's likely you can source some that suit your big day perfectly. A great thing about bench seating is it works for ceremony seating too! Get those benches to do double duty. They also often tend to be a cost effective hire option., seating 4-6 people on one piece.
We're not saying that you should have LOTS of swings (although you never know, that could be cool too), but one (or two) might be pretty... even if the only person who uses it is the bride - because you need to rest your feet more than anyone, and your swing will make for an incredible photo. Definitely add foliage and/or florals to your swing for the full effect. Vines running down the vertical ropes interspersed with clusters of blooms is the way to go.
8. Bean bags
Admittedly, not all bean bags are pretty. Just to be clear, we're not suggesting you use the ugly ones. But the right bean bag, for the right wedding, could be pretty awesome. We think bean bags would look great interspersed amongst your picnic rugs and cushions, and they're just right for anyone having an outdoor cinema.
8. Deck chairs
We love deck chairs for a beach wedding, poolside wedding or lined up in front of an outdoor cinema. Weave them into a relaxed occasion for a little 'cool factor' and watch your guests lie back and relax (with cocktails in hand, obviously).
Confused by seat to guest ratios and stressed about not providing enough (or too much)?
Stay tuned... we're working on a post just for you where we will outline how to work it all out so you have the perfect amoung of seating available.
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