Alternative | Stylish Wedding Chair: Ideas + Inspirations

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If there’s one topic that’s bound to get a wedding blogger a little hot under the collar, it’s the contentious issue of wedding chairs and in particular the rather gruesome, bog standard wedding chair cover. Go on… google wedding chair cover and you will see a plethora of unimaginative, uniformed chair covers with an array of vomit worthy sashes. Sorry. I know I’m being a tad harsh but the chair cover and sash has come to represent everything I dislike about weddings. Over-priced, unimaginative and totally lacking in personality. Wowzers. I’m really wondering if I got out of bed on the wrong side this morning!

Anyways, after that little rant I’m super chuffed to share with you many, many ideas of how you can decorate your wedding chairs, after all, your wedding chairs are an integral part of your wedding styling and deserve more love than a cheap looking chair cover and sash… Ooops there I go again.

Thankfully, wedding venues are starting to wise up and realise how important wedding chairs are and many a venue has invested in the chiavari chair. These chairs look great on their own or can be decorated in various ways from the simple, to the elaborate. I particularly love these chair jackets or sleeves. Much, much more stylish than your average synthetic looking chair cover…

Lace Chair Cap or Jacket or Sleeve
Chair Jacket with flower

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Glamorous Chair Jacket

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It could become a tad expensive to decorate each and every wedding chair in your venue with swathes and swathes of material… but not two special chairs. One for the bride and one for the groom. 

draped fabric and flower chair
draped material and flower chair cover

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lace chair cover and orchids

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It’s also popular [and cost effective] to decorate just the aisle chairs in your ceremony room.

lace chair tie & flower

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Instead of fresh cuts of flowers, why not use a brooch or an inexpensive hair clip as the finishing touch to gather your drape.

Lace and brooch chair cover
Glamourous brooch wedding Chair cover

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Pretty flower corsages or flowers in jam jars [start eating the mayo / jam now] can liven up your wedding chairs and are easy to move from the ceremony to the reception venue.

flower jam jar chair
chilvari chair and flower

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Small posies of flowers and ribbons are über pretty and the ribbons can be easily incorporated into your colour scheme / style.

white chairs and hydrangea

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wooden chair with flowers and ribbons
wooden chair with flower posy and ribbon

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If you want to make a huge impact with fresh flowers on your wedding chairs, the statement floral is the answer. By adding more leaves it will help to keep the cost down.

Statement floral wedding chairs
Statement Wedding Chairs

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Bunches of lavender tied to your chairs create a lovely, natural and rustic look. These chalkboard name signs are adorable too. 

Lavender & Chalkboard chair signage

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walk the line | chair cover
rustic chair number sign

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Having a vintage influenced wedding? These mix and match chairs from The Poppy Trading Company barely need decoration.

mismatched vintage alternative wedding chairs

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And these plain wooden chairs with floral cushions are super sweet…

alternative wedding chairs with  pillows or cushions

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How about a spot of wedding DIY? Totally loving the ombre in this ribbon tied chair.

Ombre ribbon chiavari wedding chair
ribbons chair chiavari chair

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy chair decoration. Pom poms are the answer. They come in various colours, sizes and materials. Yes! I’m loving tulle pom poms. Trés chic.

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Paper heart doilies are really sweet tied with bakers twine and are also fuss free.

wedding chairs with diy doilies

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This gold sparkly love sign is super duper trendy [and cute!]. And there’s no knocking Mr & Mrs chair signs [lest anyone forget who you are ;)].

ribbons and sparkles love sign
wooden chair with Mr & Mrs signage and flowers

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So there you have loads of wedding chair decoration ideas but what about the actual chairs? Hmm chair options… We’ve already talked about the chiavari chair which seems to be the norm for stylish wedding venues and we’ve discussed the vintage mix and match chairs [try purchasing these from ebay or scouring local car boot sales or contact a vintage hire company]. But what other options do we have? Ghost chairs are a lovely contemporary option.

ghost wedding chairs
ghost wedding chairs

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And how amazing are these modern white chairs. So stylish!

modern wedding chairs

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These iron, garden wedding chairs are beauuuutiful

wrought iron wedding chairs
white iron chair with flowers

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And these tolix chairs are super stylish.


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And who says you even have to choose chairs at all? Whether your wedding is inside or out, how about wooden benches or maybe even hay-bales?

wedding benches for ceremony
hay stack and lace for wedding ceremony

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Supplier list for wedding chairs

The Poppy Trading Company: great for vintage style chairs.

Cult Furniture Hire: has an array of über stylish chairs including the ghost chair and tolix chair.

Catering Equipment Hire: Has gorgeous iron garden chairs, white wooden chairs and chiavari chairs

I really hope I’ve given you loads of ideas! Do you have anything to add to this post? Have you found an awesome wedding chair you’d like to share with the world? Tell me, what kind of wedding chair are you to have?

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  • Unique Wedding Ideas

    Great pics of chair options and inspiration. Live that you listed suppliers as well! Will visit back often when needed. Thanks!!

  • Nathan @ Artemis Stationery

    Those little chalk boards for names are a really good idea! Though a lot of writing for someone.

  • Kim Rix

    Some amazing ideas here, for all pockets. I love the simplicity of having your guest’s name hanging on the back of the chair – written in chalk on the slate.

  • Tracy

    I have lots of unique chair covers for these Chiavari chairs, but struggle to find venues that have these chairs :-(

  • Candace Prokopets

    Thank you for including our photo in this lovely spread, Sonia! Michael and Kate’s chairs with the chalkboard name signs and lavender were my favorite. They did have a small wedding which made it easier. If you wanted to incorporate the idea for a larger wedding, you could do the signs for the wedding party only. Great post!

    • Sonia

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Candace :)) Such a gorgeous image and wonderful inspiration XxX

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