July 22, 2019

How to choose the right lounge furniture hire for your marquee wedding

marquee wedding furniture hire

Planning furniture for your wedding can be stressful – where do you even start? If you’re planning a marquee wedding, and need help choosing lounge furniture, then maybe we can help. Rio Lounge have a decade of experience helping both couples and wedding planners transform plain marquees into stunning wedding venues! We give you the lowdown on how to choose the best wedding furniture hire to achieve the look you want for your big day. 

1. How much space do I have for lounge furniture, and how many people do I need to seat? 

wedding furniture hire in marqueeSpace, (or lack of it), is the number one factor when considering lounge wedding furniture hire.  If you’re going to be serving a formal sit-down meal, then you’ll need consider how much of your marquee space will be taken up with your dining furniture, as this will obviously limit the space you have for a chill-out zone inside the marquee. Conversely, those choosing a more relaxed buffet-style reception may prefer to eschew traditional dining tables altogether, and instead hire a mixture of our lounge and bistro furniture. For a fine example of this idea, take a look at this beautiful wedding set up in Bedfordshire with marquee supplied locally by UK Events and Tents.  Pictured left, the client hired our sophisticated white rattan South Beach Bistro Sets together with some cool Hi-Ball poseur tables;ideal for guests who preferred to stand or work the room with a drink in hand! 

When you browse our products you will find dimensions stated on each and every item, which should help you plan what will fit where. However, those who find it hard to visualise and plan room layouts – fear not!  We are always happy to take a look at your floor plan and advise you. Consider also your guest numbers; we usually recommend hiring informal lounge furniture to seat between one third and one half of your total guests at any one time. 

2. Should I create indoor and outdoor zones?

marquee wedding furniture hire

brown rattan sofas for farm wedding

Pictured left, our client has created an intimate chill-out zone in the corner of a marquee away from the main dining area using our white rattan Marrakesh Sofa Set.  together with some funky club poufs and cool silver Taj stools.

But, if you’re planning a summer wedding, it can be a great idea to create both indoor and outdoor seating zones; this will be especially welcome when space inside the marquee is limited.  Guests will love the opportunity to relax in the sunshine as they catch up with friends and family. Rattan furniture is ideal for this.  Using curved furniture (pictured right) to create small outdoor sociable zones, this couple hired our outdoor Bulgari sofas, for their farm-themed marquee wedding. (Check out the cool farm-themed accessories too – tractors, tractor tyres and watering cans!)

Don’t necessarily rule out outdoor zones even if your wedding is in a chillier time of year, as our Athena Patio Heaters can help keep guests toasty whatever the temperature!

3. Do I have a particular colour scheme in mind? 

White Rattan Sofa in a marquee with scatter cushions and balloons for wedding furniture hireWhite is the colour we most associate with weddings, and at Rio Lounge we certainly have no shortage of white furniture for you to hire! However, most couples tend to have another colour in mind for bridesmaid dresses, flowers, table decorations etc.  Whether you favour pastels, brights or metallics, with our range of accessories we can help you bring together your ideal look.  From scatter cushions in a whole array of hues, to our bold bright ottomans, we are sure you will find something you love.  




4. Will I need separate furniture hire for both the daytime and evening reception?

white chesterfield benches with white club lounge sofas and mirror cubes

champagne bowl hire for luxury wedding

In a word- no! Our smart rattan furniture hire makes the transition from day to evening an absolute breeze! Whatever sort of ambience you want to create, it’s easy to achieve. By day, keep it low key and romantic with floral arrangements, balloon arches and soft pastel scatter cushions. For an Ibizan club vibe for your evening ‘do’, add funky mirror cubes to reflect those disco lights, and some champagne bowls to keep the fizz as chilled as the guests!  If romance is more your style, check out our lantern hire.  These look absolutely gorgeous lined up to light the path to your marquee, or arranged in clusters, dotted around your venue. Don’t forget our sister company Wedding Letter Hire is there to help too with all your light up letter needs!


The team at Rio Lounge are always happy to chat and advise you on the best furniture hire choices for your wedding.  Give us a call on 0845 46 77483 and let us know your requirements.  Alternatively you can email us by clicking here. If you’re making wedding plans for 2020, be sure to book early before we sell out!