If you stop and think about it, there are quite a lot of chairs at a wedding. There is ceremony for the seating, the reception, and sometimes for the cocktail hour as well. All of those chairs present you with a great decorating opportunity, so be sure to plan for some festive wedding chair decor.
The decorations for your ceremony chairs will depend on the venue and the general style or theme of your wedding. Let’s say that you are having a formal wedding in a cathedral, complete with an ornate bridal gown and elaborate sets of jewelry on all of the ladies. It certainly wouldn’t do to leave the pews or aisles undecorated for such a grand affair. Plan on aisle décor that matches the opulence of the ceremony. Tall shepherd’s hooks can be secured to the end of the pews with beautiful pillar candles hung in glowing cut glass lanterns to light the bride’s path.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, there are many ways to dress up the ceremony chairs. Simple white wooden chairs can be given a personality with pretty seat covers in your wedding colors or a print like toile. This is also the perfect chance to showcase your wedding theme. At a beach wedding, starfish can be hung on each aisle chair. For a garden wedding, nothing is more beautiful than floral pomanders adorning the aisle chairs. If you prefer a more casual floral decoration, you can’t go wrong with tiny painted tin pails hung on the aisle chairs. Fill each pail with a small bouquet of your favorite flowers.
Your reception chairs can be decorated in any number of ways. If you will be using pretty chairs, such as the classic gold chivari style, let your ornament work with the chair. For a very formal wedding, gold organza or dupioni half- slipcovers look beautiful over the top half of the chair. Another great look for chivari chairs is to tie a wide ribbon into a bow at the back of each one. The most ornate version of this decoration would be a velvet or satin ribbon festooned with fabulous crystal tassels dripping down the back of each chair like stunning bridal jewelry sets for your seating. If this sounds too expensive, you can always do the bows on every chair and reserve the crystal accent for the bride and groom’s seats.