20 Unique Reception Seating Ideas That Will Surprise and Delight Your Guests
Believe it or not, you have a lot of options when it comes to wedding reception seating. After all, you have more to consider than just color—you also have to decide which seating type works best for both your wedding style and venue layout. For many couples, this means thinking beyond the average round-back chair (and, in some cases, chairs altogether!).
If you're trying to determine the chair type that will work best for your party, we've got you covered. Ahead, you'll find inspired ideas from couples who opted for unique or alterative seating options when styling their receptions. There are a few main ways to play with this particular aspect of your space (think stools, benches, and cushioned seats). Or, for a truly unique look, try mixing and matching options, like Pretty Vintage Rentals and Rae & Moore did here. The pros chose a gray wingback chair and a vintage upholstered seat for this intimate garden wedding, which felt like a scene straight out of Alice in Wonderland.
No matter the scale or style of your reception, you're bound to find a seating option that works for you in the following slides. If you're planning a rustic event, we're partial to family-style tables with bench seating. For a contemporary celebration, bookmark the photo of mod copper wire chairs, which gave off subtle industrial vibes. Does your event lean towards the bohemian? Bypass chairs completely and lay out blankets or patterned poufs. With plenty of pretty and unexpected options ahead, there's a seating option here that will make your reception stand out.
Metal and Mod
Looking for the perfect chairs for your modern event? You've found them in these contemporary copper wire iterations from Le Coeur Bohème.
Situate a chaise at the head of the table so you and your new husband or wife can mingle with your guests throughout dinner.
Searching for a unique way to seat your guests, but don't want to forgo chairs completely? Try something like these copper painted chairs with eye-catching backs. This setup was executed by Bling Out Parties.
Couches and Chairs
Your seats don't necessarily have to be brightly colored or dramatically shaped to stand out. These simple canvas-covered cubes definitely make a cozy impact. M. Elizabeth Events brought the space to life.
Make like Love Is a Bird and use an elongated couch (like this French-inspired one from The Dana Powers House) to seat your attendees at one end of the table.
Black Ghost Chair
Benches and Sofas
Opting for cushioned seats means your attendees will be comfortable throughout your reception (they'll definitely come in handy when they need to take a break from the dance floor!).
Benches and Pillows
Throwing a summer celebration? Make like this couple and take advantage of the weather by laying down blankets on the grass for an outdoor performance.
Take notes from Belle Destination Events and create an intimate and casual vibe in your reception space by facing two couches towards each other.