it’s all in the details: six alternative chair decor ideas

Afternoon b.loved brides! In this afternoon’s post we’re looking at chair covers, well more specifically, alternatives to chair covers!  Bride to be Lynsey got in touch last week for help pulling together her wedding theme (see the dreamy lilac inspiration board I created for her here) but her question about alternatives to the dreaded chair cover needed a more in depth answer! So, if like Lynsey and me you’re on the lookout for alternatives to chair covers and sashes, look no further!

1. Add some bling.  Nothing says glamour than adding a bit of sparkle! Ditch the frilly bows, and tie your sash around the chair leaving the tail trailing down the back.  Pin a brooch or other piece of sparkle to the back for an understated elegant look.

2. Flowers.  Tie a wide satin ribbon, or piece of fabric, around your chair and tuck a single flower in the knot of each guests chair.  Use a small posy, or garland on the your chair and your groom’s  to make you stand out!

3. Tying the knot.  As they say, the devil is in the detail, think carefully about how the sash is going to be tied.  Rather than a big bow, choose a simple knot or elegant twist.

4. Give your chair a jacket.  Perhaps it’s only the top of the chair you need to cover? Hire or, if you’re handy with the sewing machine, make chair ‘jackets’ to conceal the top whilst leaving the legs open giving a cleaner look. This works really well if it’s just the design or colour of the chair back you need to cover – remember the seat pad will be hidden under the tablecloth and sat on for most of the wedding and not seen!

5. Experiment with fabrics.  Lovely lace, rustic burlap, chintzy fabrics and stripes, they all add a unique twist the the traditional tulle sash.  Stamp your style on your day!

6. Go DIY.  Hang paper pompoms, pinwheels, bunting or printed monograms from the back of your chairs to match your wedding style.  This will work for chairs with covers too, hang pompoms with ribbon  and pin to the seam of the cover, with the pinwheel option, add a band of fabric and ribbon and pinch together to create a pretty ruched effect before attaching your decor!

Pretty, pretty please check what your venue’s chairs actually look like! If they’re covered up on your venue visit take a peek under the cover!! The number of times I’ve seen beautiful chiavari and banquet chairs covered is a real shame.  It’s also worth noting that before you write off chair hire completely, it may not be as expensive as you think, with prices from as little as £2 a chair! That’s comparable to hiring a white chair cover and sash, although watch out for the delivery costs.  Remember, you can always reuse your ceremony chairs for the reception as a way to halve your hire cost!


Image Credits:

Pink ribbon & flower chair Via: Martha Stewart Weddings // Lace & brooch sash Via: Flowers & Sparkle // Organza & brooch sash Via: Project Wedding // Rustic draped chair & flower Via: Ebury Collection // Hydrangea decorated chair Via: Style Me Pretty // Floral Garland Via: Style Me Pretty // Floral posy Via: Santa Barbara Chic // Lace chair jacket Via: Style Me Pretty // Striped chair sash Via: Martha Stewart Weddings // Burlap sash Via: The Sweetest Occasion // Fabric sash Via: Style Me Pretty  // Paper pompoms Via: Style Me Pretty // Pinwheel Via: JL Designs


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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Lovely ideas, Louise! My favorite has always been the chair cap…it’s just what’s needed to make if fancy!


Love the burlap sash, that’s fantastic. And the pin wheels and Pom poms add a great splash of colour. Can I add a suggestion? Handwritten name signs hung on the backs of chairs can look gorgeous too! Claire x


Great ideas. I really don’t like the typical chair sashes. I’m intrigued though, where can you hire chairs for just £2 per chair? Would be great if you recommend some companies to me?
Thanks x