On the Blog

COCKTAIL RECEPTION :: FURNITURE HIRE TIPS + TRICKS :: WITH HAMPTON EVENT HIRE

We have been seeing a huge trend lately with savvy couples leaning towards cocktail style receptions, rather than the traditional sit-down dinner. This style of reception is perfect for a relaxed and intimate gathering but it can be overwhelming trying to piece furniture options together that will not only look beautiful but also be functional for your guests!

The main point to consider when choosing furniture for a cocktail style reception is the comfort of your guests. While you definitely don’t need to accommodate a seat for every guest, you do want to make sure you have a sufficient amount of furniture for the amount of time your guests will be using the space. Nobody enjoys standing on their feet for hours on end, but at the same time, not all guests will be seated at the same time.

As a rule, we generally recommend providing enough ‘seats’ to accommodate at least half of your guests at any one time, as an absolute minimum. Enough seating for between 50-70% of guests is an ideal amount, keeping in mind the habits and ages of your guests.

Now the fun part – choosing the furniture! In our opinion, the most effective, functional and visually appealing cocktail receptions are ones that include a variety of both high and low seating options.

We always recommend utilizing a mixture of furniture styles – for example, having designated sofa areas as well as some dry bars & stools, or some café style tables and chairs.

It’s also important to consider the colours and textures that are being used to make sure the entire setting flows cohesively and makes ‘sense’.

For example, for a rustic style wedding you can piece together french linen furniture, wine barrels, and bentwood stools – or for a more Palm Springs vibe you may want to incorporate bamboo and cane furniture with some bright colourful cushions instead.

And finally – don’t forget the bar!! At a cocktail reception, the bar is going to be a central point of activity so why not make it a feature – we love pushing our bars together to make longer statement bars, and using an interesting backdrop. Dress with some florals and crystal glassware and you can create something truly beautiful.

Our friendly consultants at Hampton Event Hire specialize in putting together recommendations for our clients – get in touch with our team below to start planning your perfect cocktail reception!

Photo by Figtree Wedding Photography, Styled by Little Gray Station Photo by Figtree Wedding Photography, Styled by Little Gray Station Photography by Brodie Standen, Styled by Little Gray Station Photography by Brodie Standen, Styled by Little Gray Station Photography by When Elephant Met Zebra, Styled by Little Gray Station Photography by When Elephant Met Zebra, Styled by Little Gray Station Photography by Brodie Standen, Styled by Little Gray Station, Rugs by Palace and Co Photography by Brodie Standen, Styled by Little Gray Station, Rugs by Palace and Co Photo by Figtree Wedding Photography, Styled by Little Gray Station Photo by Figtree Wedding Photography, Styled by Little Gray Station Photo by Figtree Wedding Photography, Styled by Little Gray Station Photo by Figtree Wedding Photography, Styled by Little Gray Station

View Latest Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *