Choosing beautiful wedding chair decor adds an extra touch to the overall feel of your wedding and is a detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here are some basic guidelines when planning your chair decor:

Decide Which Chairs to Decorate

You have many options at both the ceremony and reception when choosing which chairs to decorate and there are no hard and fast rules. Traditionally chairs or pews along the aisle at the ceremony have some sort of decor added to them. Most receptions also have some sort of decor on the bride and groom’s seats, or “sweetheart table.” Finally there are many option for decorating chairs at the reception or cocktail hour.

Decorating the Aisle

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The chairs or the ends of the pews along the aisle of the ceremony can be enhanced with simple decor like the small bouquets above. Placing them on every other aisle lends a perfect pop of color. Pomanders, hanging votives in mason jars, or simple bows are other alternatives to adding some color or glitz to your aisle decor. For a more traditional look tulle or other light fabric can be added to further decorate and define the aisle.

Chairs for the Bride and Groom

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Designating the chairs of the wedding couple is a traditional that sets the seating for the couple of the day apart from the rest of the guests. Bride and groom chair decor can enhance the reception decor, reflect the personality of the couple, and even get a little silly! From chalkboard hangings to embroidered chair sleeves, the sky is the limit when it comes to decorations. Popular ideas are garlands, flowers, monograms, or draped lace or fabric. The ampersand above is particularly unique and symbolic of the day!

Reception Seating Decor

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The right chair decor at your reception can transform even folding chairs into elegant seating for your guests. Chair bags are a standard at many weddings and can instantly lend elegance to your decor. If chair bags don’t fit your budget you can easily dress up chairs with smaller swaths of fabric. Tulle and ribbon can add the extra touch to your chair decor as well and don’t overlook the power of flowers to take your chair decor to the next level!

While decorating chairs at your wedding may not seem like a priority in the massive undertaking of planning a wedding, it is a detail that will put the finishing touch on your big day and shouldn’t be overlooked!