How to decorate church chairs for a wedding

Decorating chairs for a wedding can add a touch of flair without breaking the budget. Simple items such as fabric pieces or lace can dress up even the most boring of chairs. Sticking with your wedding colours is also achievable because the items used come in a large variety of colours. No matter your desired effect or skill level, there's a chair-decorating project to suit your needs. You can rent chair covers at party and wedding supply venues; however, they are sometimes expensive.

Cut strips of fabric long enough to reach around the back of your chair. The width is dependent on your needs; however, do not make the fabric so wide that it is wider than the chair back is long.

Wrap the fabric around the back of the chair, and fold the edges under.

Fasten with decorative pins.

Cut lengths of tulle or organza ribbon that will reach around the back of your chair, tie a bow and leave approximately 1 1/2 to 2 feet of length hanging.

Wrap the tulle or ribbon around the chair backs. Tie in a bow.

Cut the remaining material to your desired length.

Cut a length of material—either fabric, tulle or organza—that will go across the chair back either diagonally or across with approximately 2 to 4 extra feet for a sash. Tie a small bow or knot at a top corner of the chair back, leaving a 1- to 2-foot drop.

Create a diagonal sash by taking the remaining material either to the top or bottom corner of the other side, and tie it in a knot or bow, whichever you used for the first top corner. Let the material hang.

Attach small water tubes to the outside of the chairs on the aisles. You can use ribbon or wire to attach the tubes. Fill the tubes halfway up with water to the tubes.

Place cut flowers in the tubes by the stems.

Tie small ribbons around the tubes or to the chairs above the flowers.


You don't have to decorate every single chair. You can decorate in a pattern, such as every fifth chair, just the chairs on the ends or every other chair, depending on the look you're going for.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Decorative pins
  • Tulle or organza ribbon
  • Water tubes
  • Fresh flowers
  • Ribbon
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