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When it comes to wedding chair decorations, there are so many fantastic ideas to take inspiration from. And luckily for you, I’ve rounded up all of them to help you seat guests in total style!

Starting with reception wedding chairs, before moving onto ceremony seating decor and pew end style. Then I will share the different wedding chair types and some seating area inspiration to wrap things up. That way you have all the chair decor you’re ever going to need. Woohoo!

Wedding Chair Decorations Ideas Bubear Photography Photo: Bubear Photography via Farmhouse Redcoats Wedding


Wedding Reception Chair Decor

It’s a good idea to decorate the back of your chairs seeing as they are going to be pushed beneath your wedding tables during the reception. Adding side decorations here are likely to be knocked off, so it’s important to think about the practicalities. Shall we take a look at some decor possibilities?

1. Sashes Tied With Ribbon

 Classic white chiffon tied with sweet velvet ribbon.

Wedding Chair Decor Sash Ribbon Bow Freya Raby Photo: Freya Raby via Oakwood At Ryther Wedding


2. Trailing Sashes & Brooches

Add a touch of glam to trailing chair backs by adding brooches.

Wedding Chair Decorations Sage Green Sash Brooch Charlotte Claricoat Photography Photo: Charlotte Claricoat Photography via Blue Pigeons Wedding


3. Twisted Sash

Use your chair to it’s full potential by twisting sashes around the chair spindles.

Wedding Chair Decorations Pink Sash Ribbon Rebecca Carpenter Photography Photo: Rebecca Carpenter Photography via Hoop Decor Wedding Ideas


4. Macrame & Greenery

Go all-out with macrame and greenery chair decorations.

Chair Decoration Colourful Bohemian Barn Wedding Pennsylvania http://www.dawn-derbyshire.com/ Image Dawn Derbyshire Photography via Colourful Bohemian Barn Wedding in Pennsylvania


5. Lace Covers

Hire, make or buy beautiful lace chair covers for a romantic feel. This is a great option for unsightly chairs.

Pretty Pale Blue Summer Wedding http://www.georginabrewster.com/ Image Georgina Brewster via Pretty & Pale Blue Summer Wedding


6. Wool Pom Pom Garland

Sweet wool pom pom garlands are simple yet oh-so effective.

Wedding Chair Decor Wool Pom Pom Garland Paul and Tim Photographers Photo: Paul and Tim Photographers via Eclectic Wedding


7. Purple Sash & Greenery

Vibrant lilac sashes are neutralised with springs of greenery. Try using herbs such as rosemary for added wedding day scent.

Fabric Chairs Greenery Decor Violet Spring Luxe Wedding Ideas http://www.katieingram.co.uk/ Image Katie Ingram Photography via Violet Spring Luxe Wedding Ideas


8. Hessian

Wrap your chosen blooms with hessian and hang them with twine for a rustic wedding day style.

Wedding Chair Decorations Hessian Flowers Janine Kirkwood Photography Photo: Janine Kirkwood Photography via Family Farm Wedding


9. Palm Leaf & Green Fabric

Bring the tropical heat with palm leaves and matching fabric.

Wedding Chair Decor Palm Leaf Kate Boston Photo: Kate Boston via Tropical Bohemian Wedding


10. Custom Banner

Get yourself a fabric banner, complete with tassels for gorgeous chair decor.

Wedding Chair Decor Fabric Banner Tassel Charlotte Lucy Photography Photo: Charlotte Lucy Photography via Whimsical Wedding Ideas


11. Trailing Flowers

Go for trailing flowers such as amaranth to add natural flow.

Wedding Chair Decorations Flowing Flowers Kristen Booth Photography Photo: Kristen Booth Photography via Enchanted Forest Wedding


12. Greenery Hoop & Sash

For a more is more approach, a sash with a greenery hoop is the way to go.

Wedding Chair Decorations Greenery Hoop Joanna Briggs Photography Photo: Joanna Briggs Photography via Winter Blue Barn Wedding Ideas


13. Pleated Viole

Create a pretty pleated pattern with your fabric.

Wedding Chair Decor Voile Pleat The Vedrines Photography Photo: The Vedrines Photography via Big Barn Wedding Ashley


14. Crinkled Silk

Scrap the iron and let the natural fabric be centre stage.

Wedding Chair Decor Raw Crinkled Grey Silk Sarah Porter Photography Photo: Sarah Porter Photography via Burgundy Gold Wedding Ideas


15. Hessian Bow

Think of alternative materials to cover chairs, such as rustic hessian.

Wedding Char Decoration Hessian Bow Aga Tomaszek Photography Photo: Aga Tomaszek Photography via Pretty Powder Blue Barn Wedding



Wedding Ceremony Chair Decorations

If you want to make an impact on your wedding ceremony, think about adding pretty decorations to chairs. Don’t forget you may be able to bring your chairs from the ceremony to reception to save time and money on your chair decor.

16. Rainbow Ribbons

Add a pop of colour to chairs with rainbow ribbons. Reserved tags are a lovely way to ensure your VIP guests have front-row seats.

Wedding Chair Decorations Ribbon Reserved Tag Bubear Photography Photo: Bubear Photography via Farmhouse Redcoats Wedding


17. Hoop Flowers

A great DIY wedding chair decor idea is this one! Wrap a metal hoop in wool and add pretty blooms.

Wedding Chair Decoration Hoop Flowers Rebecca Carpenter Photography Photo: Rebecca Carpenter Photography via Hoop Decor Wedding Ideas


18. Pearls

Pop strings of pearls on chair backs for a trendy style.

Wedding Chair Decorations Pearls Eleanor Jane Photography Photo: Eleanor Jane Photography via Penally Abbey Wedding


19. Wire Hoop

A dainty wire hoop with fresh or faux flowers will look lovely.

Wedding Chair Decor Wire Hoop Flowers Rebecca Carpenter Photography Photo: Rebecca Carpenter Photography via Hoop Decor Wedding Ideas


20. Sunflowers & Blue Sashes

Contrasting colours such as sunflowers teamed with blue sashes can look stunning.

Wedding Chair Decoration Blue Sash Sunflower Becky Bailey Photographer Photo: Becky Bailey Photographer via Burley Manor Wedding


21. Pampas Grass

On style, pampas grass looks wonderfully romantic and almost wing-like on wedding chairs.

Wedding Chair Decor Pampas Grass Daniel Lopez Perez Photo: Daniel Lopez Perez via Guatemala Wedding


22. Greenery Swag

Decorate many seats in one hit with a draping greenery swag.

Wedding Chair Decor Greenery Swag Jesus Caballero Photography Photo: Jesus Caballero Photography via Spain Destination Wedding


23. Ribbon Chair Decor

Ribbons tied to the side of chairs will blow in the breeze as you strut up the aisle.

Wedding Chair Decorations Ribbons Alexa Penberthy Photography Photo: Alexa Penberthy Photography via Modern Barn Wedding


24. Colourful Pom Poms

Paper pom poms are easy to make as well as cheap. Plus they are high-impact, win-win.

Wedding Chair Decorations Pom Poms Emma and Rich Photo: Emma and Rich via Festival Party Wedding


25. Pink Peony

Gem of the Spring wedding flowers, the peony will always look pretty.

Outdoor Ceremony White Chairs Pink Florals Peonies Greenery Beautiful Pink Blue Tuscany Villa Wedding http://www.chloemurdochphotography.com/ Image Chloe Murdoch Photography via Beautiful Pink & Blue Tuscany Villa Wedding


26. Wheat Pew Ends

An alternative wedding chair decor idea for you, wheat!

Wedding Chair Decor Wheat Danielle Benbow Photography Photo: Danielle Benbow Photography via Manor Barn Buriton Wedding


27. Luggage Tag

Use luggage tags as decoration and for chair labels. Be sure to brush up on your calligraphy skills to achieve this look.

Wedding Chair Decor Luggage Tag Laura Coughlan Photo: Laura Coughlan via Silver Blue Wedding


28. Origami

Fold origami paper cranes and use them solo or with flowers to accessorise seating.

Wedding Chair Decorations Origami Parkershots Photo: Parkershots via Tropical Countryside Tipi Wedding


29. Jam Jar Flowers

Hang jars of florals on the ends of chairs for a luxe look.

Jar Flowers Peach Peony Aisle Pew Ends Chairs Indie Hand Made Outdoor Woodland Wedding http://www.ilariapetrucci.co.uk/ Image Ilaria Petrucci via Indie Folk Handmade Outdoor Woodland Wedding


30. Lavender Petal Jars

Use lavender petals in jars, or pouches for the most beautiful aroma. Lavender is also known for calming properties so could help with last-minute nerves.

Wedding Chair Decor Lavender Jars Casey Avenue Photo: Casey Avenue via Forest Fairytale Wedding


31. Bunches Of Lavender

Or, for more impact tie bunches of lavender to your chairs. Try finding a local lavender farm for potential money savings.

Lavender Ceremony Chairs Pew Ends Beautiful Relaxed Summer Blush Wedding http://jenmarino.com/ Image Jen Marino via Beautiful & Relaxed Summer Blush Lavender & Hessian Wedding


32. Fabric Hearts

Whizz on a sewing machine? Whipp up some cute fabric hearts.

Wedding Chair Decorations Fabric Hearts Karen Flower Photography Photo: Karen Flower Photography via Barn Spring Wedding


33. Classic Blooms

For a traditional style, use your chosen flowers to decorate chairs.

Chair Flowers Aisle Ceremony Pew End Purple Blue Bohemian Wonderland Tea Party Wedding http://www.christinemcnally.co.uk/ Image Christine McNally Photography via Bohemian Wonderland Purple & Tea Party Wedding 


34. Initial Signs

Have fun with your wedding chair decor like this couple who used their initials on each side of the aisle.

Wedding Chair Decor Letters Jen Marino Photo: Jen Marino via Yellow Grey City Wedding


35. Knitted Hearts

Know someone who loves to knit? Get them on the case to create some gorgeous knitted decorations.

Wedding Chair Decor Knitted Hearts Lucy Rose Photo: Lucy Rose via Knitted Wedding


36. Painted Palm Leaves

If you’re planning a tropical wedding, spray paper or real palm leaves and add to ghost chairs.

Wedding Chair Decor Painted Palm Leaf Moana Photography Photo:  Moana Photography via Wedding Ideas Canary Islands


37. Wicker Heart

Darling wicker hearts can be kept and reused time and time again.

Wicker Heart Pew End Aisle Beautiful Lilac Garden Wedding New Zealand http://www.levienphotography.com/ Image Levien & Lens Photography  via Beautiful Lilac Garden Wedding in New Zealand


38. Shepherd’s Crook

If you aren’t keen on adding flowers directly to chairs, pop them on shepherd’s crooks down your aisle instead.

Sheppard Hook Ceremony Aisle Flowers Jars Pew End Pretty Purple Pastels Country Wedding http://www.nataliejweddings.com/ Image Natalie J Weddings via Pretty Purple Pastels Country Wedding


Couple Wedding Chair Decorations

You don’t have to decorate all of your wedding chairs if money is tight or you are trying to be more sustainable.

Instead, create stand-out seating by decorating your own wedding chairs only.

39. Peacock Chairs

Peacock chairs have been really popular with couples and it’s easy to see why. You can rent chairs or buy second-hand peacock chairs on marketplaces.

Wedding Chair Decorations Peacock Chairs With Love Rose Photography Photo: With Love Rose Photography via Boho Fairytale Wedding


40. Ribbon Backs

Inexpensive and pretty ribbon will make your chairs shine.

Wedding Chair Decor DIY Rainbow Ribbons Fiona Kelly Photography Photo: Fiona Kelly Photography via DIY Tipi Wedding


41. Macrame

Commission or make your own macrame chair decorations.

Wedding Chair Decorations Macrame Jade Touron Photography Photo: Jade Touron Photography via Luckley Farm Holidays Wedding


42. Greenery Hoop

Craft greenery hoops using real or artificial stems and add a laser-cut wooden sign in the middle.

Wedding Chair Decor Greenery Hoop Groom Sign Helen Jane Smiddy Photography Photo: Helen Jane Smiddy Photography via Lemore Manor Wedding


43. Paper Banner

Cut-out paper banners such as this one are readily available to buy and inexpensive too.

Reception Bride Groom Table Mr Mrs Sign Tree Trunk Vases Multicoloured Flowers Succulents Homemade Centrepiece Hanging Fairy Lights Creative Quirky Rustic Barn Wedding Tennessee http://www.alexbeephoto.com/ Image Alex Bee Photo via Creative Quirky Rustic Barn Wedding in Tennessee


44. Log Slice

Rustic weddings will be accentuated with log slices engraved with names.

Reception Bridal Party Table White Chairs Wooden Bride Groom Signs White Pink Florals Beautiful Pink Blue Tuscany Villa Wedding http://www.chloemurdochphotography.com/ Image Chloe Murdoch Photography via Beautiful Pink & Blue Tuscany Villa Wedding


45. Horizontal Flowers

Statement blooms across the chair will look stunning. Just be mindful of how close the chair next to you is.

Bride Lace Bridal Gown With Buttons Wooden Chair Multicoloured Floral Decoration Gold Metallic Bride Sign Ethereal Boho Wedding Ideas http://perfectcapturephoto.com/ Image Perfect Capture Photography via Ethereal Boho Wedding Ideas


Wedding Pew End Decor

Your wedding pew ends are important too! Make your church wedding flowers sing with beautiful decorations at the end of each aisle.

46. Pampas Grass Buckets

Hold pampas grass in metal buckets for a modern pew end idea.

Wedding Chair Flower Decor Pew End Thyme Lane Photography Photo: Thyme Lane Photography via Eco Garden Wedding Flowers: Myrtle & Thyme


47. Greenery Bottles & Candles

Line the floor of your pews with greenery and pretty candles.

Wedding Chair Decorations Greenery Pew End Siobhan Amy Photography Photo: Siobhan Amy Photography via Greenery Industrial Wedding


48. Milk Churn Pew Ends

Milk churns filled with flowers not only look gorgeous but can be transported to your reception too.

Wedding Chair Decorations Milk Churns Jessy Jones Photography Photo: Jessy Jones Photography via Lincolnshire Tipi Wedding Flowers: Rosedale House


49. Pussy Willow Hearts

Bend beautiful pussy willow into sweet hearts.

Branch Heart Flowers Pew Ends Pink Quirky Stylish Country House Wedding http://www.stevebridgwoodphotography.co.uk/ Image Bridgwood Wedding Photography via Quirky Stylish Fun Country House Wedding


50. Gypsophila

Baby’s Breath or Gypsophila is a budget-friendly and pretty flower choice for pews.

Gyp Gypsophila Baby Breath Flowers Pew Ends Natural Soft Stylish Luxe Wedding http://www.katherineashdown.co.uk/ Image Katherine Ashdown via Natural Soft & Stylish Meets Luxe Wedding


51. Succulents

Succulents with vibrant hues are a match made in heaven.

Succulent Church Flowers Pew Ends Origami Retro Vintage Autumn Wedding http://jamesandlianne.com/ Image James & Lianne via Origami Filled Retro Vintage Feel Autumn Wedding


52. Milk Bottles

Mini glass milk bottles filled with seasonal summer wedding flowers will look darling.

Whimsical Rustic Farm Wedding in Australia Pew End Flowers http://www.jonathanong.com Image Jonathan Ong via Whimsical Rustic Farm Wedding in Australia


Wedding Chairs By Type

You could choose not to decorate your chairs, especially if they are beautiful on their own. Or if your chairs are really so ugly that you just can’t bare them, you can hire seating. Here are the different types of chairs available.

53. Folding Metal Chairs

Bring industrial vibes to your day with folding metal seating.

Wedding Chair Decor Metal Folding James Merrick Photography Photo: James Merrick Photography via Cheswell Grange Wedding


54. Vintage School Chairs

Or how about salvaged vintage school chairs?

Wedding Chair Decor School Industrial Siobhan Amy Photography Photo: Siobhan Amy Photography via Greenery Industrial Wedding


55. Chiavari Chairs

Chiavari chairs are a wedding day classic.

Wedding Chair Decor Style Chiavari Pear & Bear Photography Photo: Pear & Bear Photography via Folly Farmhouse Mackworth Wedding


56. Wooden Crossback Chairs

Crossback chairs look elegant and modern in equal measure.

Chairs Rustic Wooden Eucalyptus Foliage Greenery Ethereal Soft Fine Art Wedding Ideas http://lizbakerphotography.co.uk/ Image Liz Baker Photography via Ethereal & Soft Fine Art Wedding Ideas


57. Ghost Chairs

Modern and chic ghost chairs are almost invisible.

Wedding Chair Decor Ghost Chairs Philippa Sian Photography Photo: Philippa Sian Photography via English Garden Wedding Inspiration


58. Paper Cord Chairs

Rustic paper cord chairs bring comfort and style.

Wedding Chair Decor String Chair HannaMonika Wedding Photography Photo: HannaMonika Wedding Photography via Crete Wedding


59. Wooden Folding Chairs

Folding wooden chairs look great paired with trestle tables.

Wedding Chair Decor Folding Wooden Ellie Gillard Photography Photo: Ellie Gillard Photography via Riverside London Wedding


60. Velvet Chairs

Contemporary velvet chairs with brass legs are oh-so chic.

Wedding Chair Decor Velvet Maria Madison Photo: Maria Madison via Beach Wedding UK


61. Marais Chairs

Quirky Marais chairs will create a real impact.

Wedding Chair Decor Marais Chairs Three Flowers Photography Photo: Three Flowers Photography via Tuffon Hall Wedding


62. Bentwood Cafe Chairs

Transport cafe chic to your day with this unique chair type.

Wedding Chair Decorations Bentwood Cafe Chairs Georgi Mabee Photo: Georgi Mabee via Pretty Travel Themed Barn Wedding


63. Louis XVI Chairs

Antique-style chairs will bring elegance and class to any wedding.

Wedding Chair Decorations Louis XVI Chairs Katy Melling Photo: Katy Melling via Luxe Blush Pink Wedding


64. Rattan Back Chairs

Shabby chic feel rattan back chairs look ever so lovely.

Wedding Chair Decoations Rattan Back Chair Vanessa Velez Photography Photo: Vanessa Velez Photography via Light Soft Romantic Wedding Ideas


65. Benches

Bench seating can prove social and look perfectly rustic.

Wedding Chair Decor Bench Seating Natalie Stevenson Photography Photo: Natalie Stevenson Photography via Bedfordshire Tipi Wedding


66. Hay Bales

Borrow or rent hay bales for inexpensive seating, just be sure to add blankets for comfort.

Wedding Chair Decorations Haybales Photography34 Photo: Photography34 via North Yorkshire Barn Wedding


67. Mismatched Vintage Chairs

Mix and match second-hand chairs for a unique and eclectic style.

Wedding Decor Chair Ideas Mismatched Seating Babb Photo Photo: Babb Photo via Indie Back Garden Bespoke Party Wedding


68. Multicolour Chairs

Opt for rainbow right chairs painted in all the colours of the rainbow.

Wedding Chair Types Multicolour Ideas Holly Collings Photography Photo: Holly Collings Photography via Canonteign Falls Wedding


69. Infinity Chairs

Infinity chairs look timelessly beautiful.

Wedding Chair Ideas Infinity James Powell Photography Photo: James Powell Photography via Secret Garden Wedding


70. Garden Chairs

Create a garden wedding vibe with outdoor chairs complete with seat pads.

Wedding Chair Ideas Garden ZONZO Photo: ZONZO via Tuscany Destination Wedding


Wedding Seating Area Inspiration

Provide cosy, comfortable seating for those guests wishing for a peaceful spot. Be warned though, they may not want to leave!

71. Retro Velvet Seating

Salvage retro velvet chairs for a cool seating area.

Wedding Chair Decor Velvet Chairs Matt Moore Photography Photo: Matt Moore Photography via Bohemian Tipi Wedding


72. Scandi Style

Use Scandi furniture and a statement banner for an inviting seating nook.

Wedding Chair Decor Seating Area Banner Terri & Lori Photo and FilmPhoto: Terri & Lori Photo and Film via Boho Rustic Barn Wedding


73. Velvet Sofa

Hire or bring your sofa from home for a cosy space.

Wedding Chair Decorations Velvet Sofa Golden Vibes Photo Photo: Golden Vibes Photo via Magical Fairytale Wedding Ideas


74. Giant Deckchair

Create the perfect spot for selfies or your own portraits with a giant deck chair.

Wedding Chair Decor Giant Deckchair Rebecca Carpenter Photography Photo: Rebecca Carpenter Photography via Boho Beach Elopement


75. Stools

Comfy stools for guests to perch will prove popular.

Wedding Seating Area Stool Yurt Camilla Andrea Photo: Camilla Andrea via Thorpe Garden Wedding


76. Velvet Occasional Chair

Find a statement chair for accessories and make it into a wedding day prop.

Chair Bouquet Flowers Ribbons Feathers Red White Greenery Bride Bridal Dreamy Woodlanders Folk Wedding Ideas http://www.jobradbury.co.uk/ Image Jo Bradbury via Dreamy Woodlanders Inspired Folk Wedding Ideas


77. Open Tipi

Cocoon guests when an open tipi.

Open Outdoor Tipi Decor Alternative Colourful Boho Wedding Ideas http://www.binkynixon.com/ Image Binky Nixon Photography via Alternative Colourful Boho Wedding Ideas


78. Armchair

Bring a comfy trusty armchair to a peaceful spot.

Wedding Chair Ideas Armchair Leather Grace Mitch Photo Film Photo: Grace & Mitch Photo & Film via Dreys Wedding


79. Floor Cushions

Allow guests to lounge on the floor with cushions, rugs and blankets.

Wedding Chair Decor Floor Cushions Anna Beth Photography Photo: Anna Beth Photography via Colourful Bohemian Floral Wedding Ideas


80. Bean Bags

Beanbags are ideal for younger gets to lounge in.

Wedding Chair Ideas Decor Beanbag Lucie Watson Photography Photo: Lucie Watson Photography via Rustic Boho Summer Tipi Wedding


And that's a wrap! All the wedding chair decoration ideas you're ever going to need. Not to mention pew ends, chair types and seating area inspiration. Oh yes!

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This feature was originally written by WWW writer Rachel and has since been updated by Lou to ensure it’s full of fresh ideas and content to inspire your day.

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