When it comes to your wedding, you and your partner are the irrefutable stars of the show. So, why not take every opportunity to stand out? That includes the very chairs on which you sit! At your wedding reception, make sure you and your partner's seats are as special as your union with these impossibly pretty wedding chair decorations.
From floral garlands to "bride" and "groom" signs, there are endless ways to make your wedding chairs stand out from the rest of your guests'. And while any of these wedding chair decorations are an ideal way to designate the newlyweds' chosen spots, these fun decor ideas are more than just practical details. They also serve as a way (and a budget-friendly one at that) to further decorate for your wedding theme. Plus, they make for some seriously stunning reception photos.
No matter what your wedding style or budget, there are endless options for your wedding chair decorations. If your nuptials have a more rustic or vintage vibe, hang wooden seat signs that bear your new nominal prefixes on the backs of your chairs. Throwing a springtime or summer soirée? Drape your seats in garlands of greenery and bright blooms. If you prefer a more modern look, opt for clear acrylic ghost chairs with gold laser-cut signs.
With so many custom materials to choose from and every sweet saying imaginable, it’s inspiring to see just how creative a couple can get with these reception markers. Ready to plan your own reception seating? From tartan blankets in a winter wonderland wedding to macrame sashes and love notes written in elegant calligraphy, these are our favorite ideas for your wedding chair decorations.
Keep scrolling for 30 of the prettiest wedding chair decorations.
Matching Leather Jackets
This too-cool couple threw matching leather jackets over their chairs at the reception. Was this planned? Maybe not, but it certainly works and definitely fits the pool-party vibe.
Macrame With Painted Wooden Signs
Intricate macrame wall hangings are perfectly repurposed as chair covers for an earthy wedding. This couple had "Mrs." and "Mr." painted in elegant white calligraphy on wood slabs, matching the table linens and seat cushions.
If your wedding has barnyard vibes, rustic wooden markers fit right in. These simple signs have the florals already attached, so all you have to do is drape the piece over the backs of the chairs and all the decorating is done.
A Simple Ampersand
Ditch the prefixes. A vintage ampersand and swags of blooms will do just fine. In the same way the symbol bridges together words, here, it's connecting the two chairs, and we think that is utterly adorable.
Drape garlands of flowers and greenery on the backs of your chairs for a garden-fresh feel. Cheery summer blossoms are complemented by dusty rose linens and pink table florals, inviting an elegant, tea-party scene.
Flowers Behind the Chairs
Instead of adorning the actual chairs, place large floral arrangements on the floor just behind the chair backs to create the appearance of decorated seating. Be sure to get some good elevation in the flowers for the illusion to really work.
Wool for Warmth
Winter wedding? Red plaid blankets double as both place settings and a cozy, warm wrap. And if your reception is outside? You'll definitely need them.
Bed of Blooms
Add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral setting by nestling your chairs in a bed of blooms. Go for florals in varied shades of one color and then add diversity while remaining cohesive.
Solidify your new spousal status in your favorite language. At this wedding, the bride and groom’s chairs were hung with signs that read, "mi queridita esposa" (my darling wife) and “mi cariñoso marido" (my darling husband).
Macrame and Floral Arrangements
Level up some already statement-making wedding chairs with an arrangement of florals and macrame. We're loving the simplicity of the three blossoms on varying lengths of greenery.
How romantic! In addition to pretty pink roses and draped silky ribbon, this chair bore a sweet sign reading "his forever." We're also loving how the sign has little painted rose detailing in the corners to match.
Teak and Tropical Flowers
At this tented wedding on the beach, tropical flowers in a hot pink hue and driftwood signs on teak folding chairs were part of the special island touches. Don't forget the centerpiece to complete the tablescape!
All you need is love—and some eucalyptus leaves with laser-cut seat assignments. Calligraphy and wedding decor go hand in hand, but there's something extra special about the elegant letters when carved to perfection in wood.
A Love Note on a Loveseat
Who needs separate chairs when you can cuddle up together in one? The larger seatback creates space for a grand display of lush greenery, crisp blooms, and a sweet message on display. This couple’s “you are my treasure” wedding theme hits a high note with their poetic loveseat for two.
When was the last time you saw a good cerulean ribbon strung through a green needle wreath? We don't recall either, but this couple is making a compelling case for the combo. The small wreaths mark the newlyweds' chairs—simplicity at its best.
Romantic and Rustic
The bride and groom's chairs at this romantic, Southern wedding were adorned with greenery, drapey ribbon, and antique mirrors. Rustic vibes tiptoe on the side of fantasy with a grand tiered cake and elegant candelabras, which go oh-so-well with the antique chairs.
Custom Wedding Crest
This couple commissioned a custom wedding crest and created a three-dimensional version based on the painting. Wreaths of greens and white blossoms are tied with a bow to their acrylic reception chairs.
Oversize Palm Leaves
Massive palm leaves secured the backs of the bride and groom chairs at this destination wedding in Mexico. The couple loved how the leaves looked on dark wood and extended the combo throughout their tablescape.
For this Italian celebration, stems of vibrant purple delphiniums clung to the sweetheart chairs. With the color wheel in mind, strands of marigold ribbon secured each of the flowers' ends to crisp white chairs.
Another example of how chair decor can link the couple's seats, this bushy garland joins the two by simply lying across the tops rather than tying them together in a knot or bow. A perfectly laid-back yet elegant vibe for a Lake Como wedding.
This Tennessee wedding was brought to life with bundles of boho wheat decor. Use a green twine to secure the bouquet and tuck in long leafy stems for the appearance of vine-tied bundles.
A rustic wedding in the rolling hills of California calls for woven fans and mismatched chairs from Pleasanton Event Rentals. Not only do these make adorable boho wedding decorations, but they can also be kept as souvenirs and incorporated into your home.
A strand of simple garland and strung banner letters drape beautifully together across the backs of this couple's chairs. The foliage is kept on the small side, which creates perfect balance with the oversized gold letters.
Go big with huge, fluffy garlands of greenery and dainty accent botanicals. This paired with natural wood "bride" and "groom" signs makes for a fresh boho feel.
Monstera Leaf and a Single Protea
Get tropical with a deep green monstera leaf topped by a pale pink protea flower. This couple repurposed their ceremony aisle seating for decorated reception seat designation.
Blush Garden Roses and Spray Roses
For a dramatic finish, this couple draped exquisite blush garden roses and spray roses over gold Chiavari chairs. With the goal of making everything feel lived-in, the gorgeous flowers were the perfect complement to this wedding's rustic yet gilded decor.
Planning on having a sweetheart table for the newlyweds? Let the couple's heritage shine through by decorating their chair backs with signs. To honor the bride's Irish ancestry, a sign with the Gaelic toast sláinte (or "good health") appeared on the back of her chair while the groom's read salute, the Italian translation.
Variety is the spice of life! We love how this couple incorporated statement-making rattan peacock chairs into their island nuptials for a tropical twist. Not only did the chairs complement the palm tree decor, but they made the newlyweds feel like royals when seated at the head table.
It's all in the details. This couple cemented their newlywed status by personalizing a set of ghost chairs with their new initials. Bonus: When seated at the head table, the monogrammed chairs made for memorable reception photos.
Greenery and Flowers
Plan a surf-inspired reception by adorning the backs of your chairs with garlands of greenery and flowers—just add "Mr." and "Mrs." signs for good measure. The laidback ambiance and location for this couple's destination wedding in Bali truly set the scene.