Christmas is almost here! Feeling all festive, warm and nostalgic in the Rio Lounge office, we took another trip down memory lane. So, in true ‘Throwback Thursday’ style, we turned the clock back four years; recalling this wondrous winter wonderland wedding in rural Bedfordshire. On this occasion, we supplied our marquee furniture hire to create a chill-out zone for the wedding reception.
Tying the knot in the winter months has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. Even though daylight hours are shorter and the weather is chillier, it’s just such a gorgeous magical time of year for romance! You can also get super creative with your seasonal decor and be liberal with the shimmery and sparkly accessories! (And of course, don’t forget that in many venues, winter dates are less expensive to book!)
The wedding reception venue
The couple, Lynne and Paul, chose to marry on the weekend before Christmas, for a fantastically festive celebration. The dress code was black tie, which created an extra-special sense of occasion. Following the wedding service at a church in Clophill, Bedfordshire, guests made their way to the reception venue: The Cross Keys at Pulloxhill; a beautiful 16th century listed building and one of Bedfordshire’s oldest and best known pubs. This venue boasts a vast outdoor area with a marquee which is popular for wedding receptions. Whilst many people associate marquees with summer weddings, they can work just as well in the winter months. Since this was a large party with around 200 guests, an additional marquee had been bolted on to the main dining area; thus creating a dedicated chill-out zone.
Marquee furniture hire for the chill-out zone
Perfectly complementing the winter theme, the couple chose a selection of our white hire furniture. To create seating for the chill-out marquee, we placed our white faux leather Ana Mandara sofas around the edges of the room. In the centre, we created smaller sub-zones with our white faux leather Club Lounge Sofas. Reflecting the Christmas lights, our dazzling mirror cubes were the perfect height for drinks. Their shimmering surfaces added yet more sparkle to the room. To add even more flexible seating for the large party, our cylindrical white Club Poufs and cube-shaped Club Ottomans were the ideal solution.
The winter wonderland decor
The sparkling winter wonderland theme created quite an impression when guests entered the marquee. The main focal points were beautifully decorated real Christmas trees, and branches festooned with fairy lights. Instead of the traditional flowers, table centrepieces were wintery branches adorned with white baubles. Attention to detail, such as a silver Christmas cracker and silver snowflake name-holder for each guest made the occasion even more magical. The overall effect was stunning; and even more impressive given that the bride created all the decor herself!
Find out more about our marquee and event furniture hire
If you’re feeling inspired by these pictures and thinking of hosting your own winter celebration (or any other time of year, for that matter! ), then why not get in touch? You can contact our furniture hire team by email or give us a call on 0845 46 77483.