Dream Ideas ~ How to Style Wedding Chairs {Part 1}


Wedding Chairs, Chair Sashes, Chair Covers, Alternative Wedding Chair Ideas, Ceremony Chair, Wedding Chair Decor (2) Credits:  Maarten Baas – Smoke Chair, French Chair – Sweetpea and Willow, Ghost Chair, Coco Chair, Industrial Metal Chair, Swing Chair

Sitting Pretty {Part 1}

I don’t know about you but there is one thing I really, really do not like to see at weddings. And I risk upsetting quite a few people with this opinion but it is still one I stand by nonetheless. You see they have become the sort of twee and rather tired looking thing ‘you-must-have-at-a-wedding-because-everyone-else-has-them’, not to mention the fact they usually come with the venue’s ‘enhanced’ wedding package. Yes it’s the dreaded wedding chair sash…..argh, sorry, but yuck!. There is nothing stylish about these at all, especially when they have been draped across the chairs of every wedding up and down the country. And what annoys me even more is that YOU get charged to use them (along with chair covers) so that you can cover up the unsightly chairs the venue provides you with. Sorry what?…there is something really wrong with this picture. Furniture is such an important aspect of styling any room, be it in your home or within a venue. And carefully chosen key pieces can really make or break a look. The venue, including all it’s decor and surroundings should complement your wedding style not fight with it, and the venue you choose should be able to provide you with stylish and useable furniture in keeping with the rest of the surroundings. Just look at all these pretty chairs featured here, how I would love to see some of these babies featuring in a wedding venue, instead of the obligatory chair cover and horrid sash. Obviously some chairs do quite rightly need covering with a chair cover, as many are old, tatty and stained from years of use (Venue’s take note – maybe its time you invested in some stylish new ones rather than charging your patrons to cover them up – just a thought!). My advice here is to choose your venue carefully, consider what furniture they provide you with and how it works with your colour scheme and don’t cover-up just for the sake of it. If the chairs provided are really fighting against what you’re working with then there may be no alternative than to cover-up, but if you do then please don’t feel obligated to use the chair sash as an addition, they look far more stylish without. I urge you people to step away from the chair sash and step towards one of these creative ideas….

? Hire in your wedding chairs

Wedding Chairs, Chiavari, Ghost One option is to hire co-ordinating chairs,  two popular styles are these featured Ghost chairs (the clear plastic ones) and Chiavari chairs (these are the spindly ones and can come in a variety of colours, usually one neutral enough for many colour schemes),  hiring the latter ones can work out around the same as paying for chair covers and chair sashes but will add so much more decadence and style to your event. Image Credits:  Jose Villa Photography, Beth Helmstetter Design on Style Me Pretty | Desidio Chair Hire

? Collect mismatched vintage wedding chairs

Vintage mismatched chairs, wedding chairs What about collecting mismatched vintage chairs? You may even get these at a super-knocked down price if you scout round the flea markets and car boot sales, or why not try sites like gumtree where people are just looking to get rid of old unwanted items, you may even get them for free!. You can then use them in and around your home, in your garden, or sell them on after the wedding. Image Credits: Design Sponge, The Knot, KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Brent Van Auken Photography on Ruffled, photo by Jill Thomas, designed by Amorology Weddings

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I have so many more ideas to share with you about how you can creatively and stylishly decorate your wedding chairs so please do call back for {Part 2} on Thursday and {Part 3} on Friday and {Part 4} next week

So what’s your view on the wedding chair, are you a lover or a hater of chair sashes?. I’d love to hear about your creative alternative ideas.

Michelle x

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  1. This is a GREAT post! My biggest pet hate at weddings is the dreaded chair cover, sorry I just don’t get them!! You’ve included so many fantastic ideas for brides to be!

  2. Gemma says:

    Great ideas Michelle – definitely something I’ll be thinking about as I’m not keen on chair sashes either. Chairs at our venue are a bit naff in my opinion so was considering covers at the very least, but was trying to think of something other than sashes – Look forward to your other posts for more inspiration! XxX

  3. Ooh! Those Swing Chairs are so cool! I agree with Louise – the white chair cover = yawn.

  4. nina says:

    great ideas – nasty chairs can really ruin a room. I love those clear ghost chairs and the mismatched vintage ones!

  5. sonia says:


    I absolutely love this post and fully agree gone are the days of sashes, in with the designer’s chairs. I had a post similar to yours on my blog. But you worded it so much better.

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  7. Rachel B says:

    Absolutely – down with chair covers and sashes! Our reception venue already has cool, mismatched and comfortable chairs – essential after all that food and to recover after all that dancing… but never ugly!

  8. Fabia Lewis says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I’m really inspired by your creative ideas for chair decoration, and I would love to incorporate alternative styling like this into my vintage-themed wedding. I cannot bring myself to like the typical chair-cover/organza sash combo, but I’m really limited by the style of chairs at my venue as they are black and in bad condition. They are the typical round-backed office-type banqueting chairs, so there is no space to tie anything to them. Just wondered whether you had any suggestions. Thanks!