Every bride wants to make a big impression on her wedding day and there's a lot more to it than buying a dress. One of the important yet easily overlooked elements of wedding decor, chair decorations can provide bright pops of colour, add ambience to the venue and create an elegant, cohesive look. Build on your wedding theme and colours and transform plain chairs into visual candy for your special day.
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Star Chair Decoration
Martha Stewart drew on Vincent van Gogh as inspiration for her star-themed wedding chair decoration. Cut five-pointed stars out of durable paper or cardstock. Cover the star with glue and sprinkle on glitter in the colour of your choice. Buy cord in a matching colour, then tie a single star onto a circle of cord like a pendant on a necklace. Hang these simple, sparkly decorations on the backs of your chairs for an understated, elegant look.
Instead of stars, try other shapes and designs to make the decorations uniquely your own. Monograms, floral cut-outs and other embellishments could represent your wedding or personal style in a creative way.
Floral Chair Decoration
Incorporate your wedding flowers into your chairs with simple fabric bows and small floral poufs. Create pomander-like balls, secure them with a looped length of ribbon, and hang them from the back of the chairs to give each a unique, stylised look. Use flowers that include your wedding colours to create well-matched chair decor.
Pomanders are literally balls of flowers (real or silk) where the blossoms face out to form a sphere. To create this design element, cut the stems of the flowers to about 4 inches long and weave the ends together so that the flowers are all pointing away from each other. Secure the stems in the middle with tough twine or twist-ties to create the pomander. Loop the ribbon around the middle of the pomander, securing the edges of the fabric together inside the ball so the ends don't show.
Basket Pattern Chairs
Bring bright colours into your chair decor with a creative wedding idea. Buy fabric ribbons in the colours of your wedding, and weave them in a basket pattern around the backs of the chairs to make each one bright and inviting to guests.
The simple cross-weave pattern (over-and-under) can be achieved by wrapping three separate lengths of the same ribbon around the bank of the chair in three horizontal loops. Next, take a second colour of ribbon and vertically weave four smaller lengths of the material in an over-and-under pattern through the three horizontal loops. You will create a two-tone basket pattern that's simple to create, but highly colourful and stylised.
Tulle it Yourself
Covering chairs with linen drapes and large fabric bows is a popular decorating method, but it can be costly. Buy tulle fabric (three yards for each chair) and create do-it-yourself chair coverings. Cover the entire chair with a length of tulle fabric in any colour, tighten it around the seat and secure it with pins at the back. Use a different-coloured length of tulle to create large, decorative bows.
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