Chair-Back Decor for Your Wedding

Accenting chairs at your ceremony or reception creates a real sense of atmosphere.

©Carlen Lee Arnold

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Photo By: Heather Anne Thomas

True Love

These rustic bride-and-groom chair signs from host & toast, an event decor design studio owned by Carlen and David Arnold, are made of pine veneer.

Chair Caps

Some wedding locales are so gorgeous you don’t need any additional adornments — unless they happen to be these aqua-colored fabric chair caps and you’re getting married by the deep blue sea. This lush ceremony locale was styled by wedding and entertaining expert Karen Bussen for Palladium Weddings in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Sheer Lace

For a vintage-themed wedding, sheer lace chair covers strike just the right note. (You can find these delicate beauties at Etsy shop Lucky You Lucky Me.) If your own gown is vintage lace, you might choose this for a guest book attendant’s chair or to mark reserved aisles at the ceremony so that the covers echo your look without competing.

Chiffon Sashes

Event designer Dela Shehu creates these plush fabric flowers and chair sashes by hand and sells them at her Etsy shop, Dela Design Studio. The ten-inch flowers are created from layers of chiffon and anchored with a rhinestone button.

Sign with Bouquet

Pinning a small posy of blossoms to your chair signage adds extra personality. This gold-leaf calligraphy sign, created by Carlen and David Arnold of design studio host & toast, has a companion piece proclaiming “you belong with me”.

Perfect Pair

These mint green “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs are the work of Carlen and David Arnold of host & toast, an event decor design studio in Denver, Colorado. They’re hung with twine for a vintage vibe.

Fabric Swatches

Despairing over your lack of sewing skills? Don’t. Here, wedding and entertaining expert Karen Bussen took oversized, unfinished swatches of fabric and tied them over the backs of randomly selected chairs at this wedding reception. “The days of covering every single chair in the same fabric are numbered,” Bussen says. “This look is much more chic.”

Single Blooms

Pinning a single flower to a fabric chair back creates a charming look for the reception. Wedding expert Karen Bussen rented these fabric chair covers and pinned a single poppy to the back of each, but they’d be easy to make by hand if you have a family member who sews. “Do these just for the bridal table and use a flower that holds up well,” Bussen says.

Burlap and a Hanky

If you’re a champ with craft paint and a hot-glue gun, this burlap bride-and-groom chair back set is easy to make — and would be a cinch to adapt to a range of wedding styles and color schemes.

Luxe Velvet

Hand-stitched chair covers can be pricey if you aren’t making them yourself, but if you use them judiciously — say, only for the bridal table or along the aisle where the family is sitting at the ceremony — they’re worth the splurge. “Just think about finding ways to accent certain chairs in a beautiful way,” says Karen Bussen, author of the Simple Stunning wedding guide series. These handmade gray velvet chair caps with silver beaded fringe are sold at Etsy shop Lucky You Lucky Me.

Ampersand Sign

This wooden ampersand sign cleverly connects the bride’s and groom’s chairs at the reception (wink, wink). Sold at Etsy shop Lucky You Lucky Me, the sign is painted metallic gold and comes with a soft ivory rope and two bouquets of artificial flowers.

Glam Flower

These opulent flower chair sashes are from Lea Bassani Design. They’re sold on Etsy at Bassani’s namesake shop and are available in custom colors.

Garden Wedding

Burlap may be the fabric of the moment, but it works best if you mix its rustic charm with something more elegant — here, by using a formal script for the chair-back lettering.

Don't Forget To Include Fido

This simple banner marks the bride and groom’s table, while the chairs are adorned in complementary sashes. The centerpiece here is actually a photo of the couple’s dog wearing a “congratulations” sign around his neck — the wedding venue didn’t allow pets, but the couple wanted their beloved canine to be part of the celebration.