40 Pretty Ways to Decorate Your Wedding Chairs
If you've started planning your wedding reception, you've probably realized that there's no such thing as a "small" detail. You'll be asked to make decisions on everything from the place cards and the table linens to the centerpiece flowers and your signature cocktails. Inundated with all these choices, it's easy to overlook chair décor. While there's nothing wrong with leaving rented reception chairs exactly as they come, decking out the bride and groom's seats, specifically, is a fun, simple way to bring personality to your wedding.
From floral arrangements, to whimsical signs, and leafy garlands, chairbacks can be as simple or ornate as you'd like. If you're going for drama, ditch the rentals and bring in vintage peacock chairs, a couch, or canary yellow seats. The uniform look might work for your guests, but on your wedding day, it's important the newlyweds' chairs stand out—especially if you're sitting with your wedding party.
Acheive a subtler, more understated aesthetic by adding a spray of blooms to your chair's leg. Looking for something more symbolic? Weave an extra-long grapevine wreath through two chairs, turning them into one. If you want to add a little something to each guest's seat, stick to a budget-friendly option, like removable decals or mini ombré tassels. The options truly are limitless—which is why we've rounded up a diverse selection of chair décor to help you, whatever your style, on your way.
Calligraphed in Spanish, these driftwood signs were a nod to this couple's wedding venue in sunny, sandy Mexico.
Mr. and Mrs. Blankets
Embroidered tartan blankets are the perfect chair décor for a winter wedding. Plus, they double as cozy mementos for the bride and groom to enjoy long after the party ends.
Flower-Covered Ghost Chairs
Consider adorning the opposite legs of two ghost chairs with blooms to give the illusion that the separate chairs are one. It's a salient metaphor for a wedding day.
Macramé nets, adorned with clusters of blue thistle flowers, brought a unique touch to this vintage-themed wedding.
When We Were Young
These baby photo chair signs are perfect for couples who have known each other their whole lives.
Extra Large Florals
Cartoon caricatures of the bride and groom added a touch of whimsy to this reception.
For her pink-themed wedding, this bride dressed up each and every chairback with fuchsia, blush, and white tassel garlands.
Feathers and Tassels
For their bohemian winery wedding, this couple used leather string to tie their tasseled "bride" and "groom" signs to their seats.
She Said "Yep!"
Playful and sweet, this burlap garland says "I do!" in a more party-friendly way.
Your groom can love flowers, too. Keep his chair looking a little more rustic with a display like this one, made from a burgundy dahlia, greens, and twine sign.
A mix of navy, silver, and cream paper flowers are attention-grabbing, even sans color.
Pink and Green
Multicolored kites—made with twigs and yarn—added a homemade touch to this bride and groom's chairs.
These contemporary latticed chairbacks were softened with sprigs of greens and tiger lily blooms.
Licensed to Thread
The trick to achieving these modern yarn twists? Switching up the lengths and color combinations of each section.
Minimalist garlands are a subtle way to differentiate between guests' and the newlyweds' seats, especially if you're sitting family-style.
Strips of lace and leafy greens brought texture and color to this Texas wedding's reception.
Comfort is Key
Make your cocktail hour's patio tables more cozy with a simple throw pillow.
This bride's chair décor featured sprays of lush greenery topped with bright floral arrangements.
Garlands of pittosborum and bay leaves were draped around the couple's chairs at this vineyard wedding in California.
A grapevine and flower wreath sweetly joined this bride and groom's chairs together.
To fit with the theme of their waterfront wedding, these newlyweds sat in chairs adorned with lifesavers.
This bride framed silhouettes of herself and the groom to mark their seats at the reception.
"To Have and To Hold"
As a nod to their roots, these newlyweds added the Italian words for "to have" and "to hold" to their seats at the head table.
This couple's wedding planners turned leftover ribbon into sweet adornments for their chairs.
Ethereal Air Plants
For a fuss-free touch, air plants were tied onto chairs at this Sea Ranch, California destination wedding.
Signs written with this couple's nicknames for one another added a silly touch to the head table.
Swags of eucalyptus and roses decorated the backs of these newlyweds' chairs.
This couple opted to distinguish their seats by their cheery yellow color—no florals necessary.
Oversized monograms hung behind this couple at their Hawaiian reception.
Laser-cut gold plexiglass signs with the couple's first and middle names—the names they call each other!—were hung using antique fishing hooks and twine from a local shop.
Garlands of dip-dyed watercolor-paper triangles singled out the newlyweds' spots.