Ideas for decorating chair backs for a wedding reception

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Ideas for decorating chair backs for a wedding reception
Use bright colours on white chairs. (Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The chairs at your wedding reception venue may make you cringe, but it can be simple to turn them into focal points. Decorating your chair backs makes a major visual impact when guests walk into the room. Whatever decoration you choose, make sure there aren't any lumps or bumps that will make guests uncomfortable when they sit down.

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Wreaths are easy to put together and can cover the entire back of a chair if your rentals aren't stylish enough for your taste. Cut wreath rings out of cardboard, or buy them at a craft store. The size ring you cut depends on how much of the chair you want to cover. For an autumn wedding, cut leaf shapes out of paper and cover each wreath with them. You can also wrap ribbon around the wreath or glue on beads or feathers as decoration.


Flowers make your reception smell beautiful. Choose a single bold flower such as a sunflower or Gerbera daisy for each chair, or group together three or four blooms into a small bouquet. Wrap a piece of thin wire around the stems of the flowers, then wrap the ends of the wire around a rang of each chair. You can also tie a bow made from tulle or raffia around the flowers if you want to cover the stems.

Place Cards

Assign a seat to each guest by hanging a place card from each chair. Print up cards with each guest's name. If you want guests to choose their own seats, you can also print your monogram or a message of welcome on the cards. Loop a piece of thick ribbon around the back of each chair. Cut two slits on either side of the card, slightly smaller than the width of the ribbon. Push the ribbon through one slit and back out the other so the card is visible, then tie the ribbon in place.


Fabric can be inexpensive, and decorating with it can be simple. Cut pieces of fabric to be 6 inches to a foot wide. Loop the centre of the fabric around the chair and tie the ends into a large bow centred on the back of the chair. If your chairs have rungs, create a woven pattern with fabric strips. Weave one strip of fabric through the rungs, then weave another piece through the opposite rungs. Alternate between the two shades of your colour palette.

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