Beautifully sustainable wedding seating from Partybench

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I know I’m not alone in my aversion to polyester chair covers at weddings… many a time I’ve asked why venues can’t just invest in nice chairs – isn’t it that simple? So I’m thrilled to be able to introduce Partybench today – especially for marquee weddings, tipi celebrations and festival style weddings – oh, and this is just the perfect seating solution for your barn wedding too!


Partybench joined English Wedding last month. It didn’t take long for me to know I LOVE what they do – and I do so hope you will too! They’ve been in business for nearly 6 years now, and they hire out gorgeous, sustainable benches and tables for weddings and events. With the boom in barn wedding venues and relaxed, family-style dining we KNOW these guys are going to be big – and with their focus on sustainability and quality they really can’t go wrong!

Partybench offers a simple affordable way to hire beautiful benches and tables for your wedding ceremony or reception. Made from sustainable spruce, they are strong, durable and easy on the eye. They can be delivered to any UK location, are easy to fold out and set up, and can be used indoors or outdoors.

Partybench is the brainchild of West Country businessman/entrepreneur Mike O’Neill. He had the idea for the company following a trip to Germany where he was Best Man at a friend’s wedding.

‘I was helping to fold up the benches and tables that my friend had hired for the reception’ says Mike, ‘and I was impressed with the design, the quality and how easy they were to use. I wondered why I hadn’t seen anything similar in the UK.’

On his return, he started thinking about how he could start a new business hiring out the benches and tables; the name Partybench arrived in a flash of inspiration, and seemed like the perfect choice. Mike began importing benches and tables from a German manufacturer, and prepared to launch the business.

Mike’s partner Jane had become pregnant while they were away at that very same wedding, and their baby girl Liberty was born in 2013 just as Partybench began life as a new business. Mike contacted some local events companies, and his first booking was for the North Somerset Show. Since then, he has supplied all sorts of events from festivals to weddings, and the Dalai Lama even sat on a Partybench at Glastonbury’s Greenpeace Cafe.

I just wanted to say how fabulous the tables were that we hired for the wedding. They meant we could comfortably seat everyone because of their compact size and they were really sturdy and solid, which is what you want with so many people. They really gave the wedding a vintage vibe and we dressed them with hessian and vintage table cloths. Perfect! The delivery was prompt and friendly too.’ – Naomi Welch

We were thrilled with the quality of the tables when they were delivered and the ease with which we could set them up for our wedding feast. They looked beautiful set out in two long rows and lined with flowers. The service was excellent, with prompt delivery and collection.‘ – Jessica Makins

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An elegant marquee wedding ceremony, Partybench style

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Photo credit – @Rugfoot / @GoTo_Live at the UK festival awards

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Partybench spec – beautifully designed, quality tables and benches for barn weddings

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The Dalai Lama with volunteers at the greenpeace cafe (with a partybench on the right at the back!)

Contact & Booking information: Partybench

Facebook: @partybench

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Partybench at a barn wedding – the wood reminds me of honey!

Partybench founder Mike and his wife Jane

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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