17 Ways to Style Wedding Chairs

Photo by Nicole Berrett Via Style Me Pretty
Photo by Nicole Berrett | Via Style Me Pretty

If you were to ask me which part of your wedding decor was the most important, I would EASILY say that your wedding chairs are in the Top 5. On some days I might even say they’re #1.

Why? Wedding chairs are, oddly, often the first thing guests see when they get to a venue. It’s easy to tell when they’re plain, when they’re decorated, when they’re over-decorated, and even when they were an after-thought. Wedding chairs tend to stand out like a sore thumb when they haven’t been paid attention to. And they somehow stand out even more when they’re surrounded by things that clearly have been thought about (and spent money on) such as wedding flowers.

I’m not saying you have to spend a lot of money on your wedding chairs to make them look good. In fact, it’s often the opposite. You can buy inexpensive rolls of tulle or ribbon and bouquets of baby’s breath and INSTANTLY transform any type of wedding chair you have.

Below are a few of my favorite ways to style wedding chairs. Whether they’re the inexpensive folding kind or the  more expensive “ghost chair,” there are so many ways you can immediately elevate your wedding decor by giving your wedding chairs a little TLC.

Casually placing covers over chairs (like these canvas ones tied with a stripe ribbon, or these awesome lace table runners) adds instant romance.


Add several pops of color with DIY strips of ribbon. Or you can purchase garland for a similar effect.

Tying everything from burlap to sequins to lace will add instant drama.

Photo by Kristy Dickerson
Photo by Kristy Dickerson

Or balloons…they’ll focus guests’ attention UP versus down on the plain white chairs.

Photo by Katie Vowels for Annie McElwain Via Style Me Pretty
Photo by Katie Vowels | Via Style Me Pretty

When it comes to seating remember it doesn’t have to be a “chair.”

Colin Miller/Created by Colin Cowie
Photo by Colin Miller | Created by Colin Cowie

Have fun with the way your wedding chairs are arranged. A symmetrical design will often redirect the focus off of a plain chair.

Flowers–real or fake–are always a good call.

Photo by Zoeica Images Wedding Photography Via The Wedding Chicks
Photo by Zoeica Images Wedding Photography | Via The Wedding Chicks

Mismatched chairs are perfect for rustic weddings.

Photo by Olive Studio via 100 Layer Cake
Photo by Olive Studio via 100 Layer Cake

Put your favorite lyrics on the back of random chairs for a fun and unexpected touch. Signs (like the ones pictured at the beginning of this post) are also great.

Photo by Connection Photography Via The Wedding Chicks
Photo by Connection Photography | Via The Wedding Chicks

Don’t be afraid to pair modern chairs with a rustic tablescape.

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