If you’re considering creating a more relaxed intimate gathering where your guests can mingle and move about easily throughout the evening, then this style of reception is perfect for you. The atmosphere, interaction and vibe that a thoughtfully planned cocktail reception are crucial to creating a space that’s beautiful and practical.
Initially, It can feel quite overwhelming when trying to choose your furniture options for this type of reception … keep in mind the two most important things to consider is the furniture is functional and looks beautiful in the space.
Keen to find out exactly what you should be considering when it comes to cocktail styling or just looking for inspiration? Read on!
1. ENSURE YOU HAVE ADEQUATE SEATING
Make sure you have enough seating for your guests. You don’t need to provide a seat for every guest, but you do want ensure there is an adequate amount of furniture for the duration of the time your guests will be using the space. Some guests will mingle and stand while others are seated, bearing in mind the age and habits of your guests.
Comfortable seating - consider the oldies and ladies in dancing heels. As a rule, we recommend that you provide enough seating for 50 – 70% of your guests. As an absolute minimum, seating for at least half of your guests.
2. INCORPORATE DIFFERENT FURNITURE STYLES & HEIGHTS
From experience, we always find to create a visually appealing and functional cocktail reception, it is essential to include a variety of different heights with your seating options. These include lounge seating areas / seat pods, some high bars and stools and also casual dining table and chairs.
Incorporating a variety of furniture styles and heights creates a balanced and interesting space for your guests to mingle and chat. Making it more welcoming to the different ages of your guests.
3. INCORPORATE COLOURS, TEXTURES & DECOR TO CREATE A THEME
An essential element to styling your cocktail reception is incorporating colour, texture and different heights into the space. This helps to bring the theme and flow of your reception seamlessly together. This can easily be achieved by adding cushions, lanterns, vases, candles, rugs and natural elements such as coconuts, shells, crystals, florals, foliage and dried botanicals.
We love putting together recommendations for our couples and we already offer some set looks making it easy to come up with a particular style for your big day. Check out our different looks here.
4. MAKE THE BAR A FEATURE
The bar is going to be a central point of activity at your cocktail style reception. We love making this area a real feature! There are a few options, for example using neon signs to create a fun lighting option, using an interesting back drop with eye catching signage or dressing the bar top with a stunning floral arrangement. The use of crystal cut glassware and decanter sets can also create something truly beautiful.