Whether you're planning to sit at a sweetheart table or amongst your bridesmaids and groomsmen, statement-making chair backs are a must-have for your reception seats.

Your wedding day is your opportunity to shine — and that extends beyond your ceremony into your reception, too. So, make sure your and your new husband's seats stand out by decorating the backs of your chairs.

While they're an ideal way to designate the bride and groom's chosen spots while they mingle during cocktail hour, these fun décor elements are more than just practical details. For one, they're an unexpected way to dress up one of your most photographed reception spaces that won't bust your budget. Plus, a dressed-up wedding chair makes for some seriously stunning reception photos.

No matter what your wedding style or budget, there are endless options for decorating yours and your groom's reception chairs. Are you a vintage-loving couple with an eye for whimsy touches? Then consider two mismatched floral-upholstered chairs with simple painted wood signs. They'll stand out amongst more traditional rentals and speak to your unique style. If you prefer a more modern look, opt for clear acrylic chairs with gold laser-cut signs. It's a contemporary choice that will look chic in a more industrial space.

From floral garlands and handmade signs to "His and Hers" decals and flowing ribbons, there are endless ways to make your seating arrangements stand out from all the rest. Ready to plan for your own reception seating? Then click through to see 22 of our favorite ways to dress up your bride and groom chair backs.

At left: This industrial reception space gets a romantic upgrade thanks to wooden chair signs and greenery garlands created by Aldena Frye Floral Design.

Photo: Nancy Ray Photography

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