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When I was working on this post on ceremony chair decorations, it was SO difficult not to change the concept all together and just go with ceremony decor in general. The only thing that kept me from changing my mind was the idea of having to narrow down ceremony decor inspiration to only five concepts (since this is Picks on Paper, after all). There are just so many incredible ideas out there, it's insane!
I have to admit that I'm very, very partial to Chiavari chairs. I didn't care what it cost, I was having Chiavari chairs at my wedding! I think they're unique amongst most chair styles because they are so elegant on their own, that you don't really need to dress them up if you don't want to. But then again, why not, right?! Here are my top five favorite ideas on how to decorate your chairs (Chiavari or not!) for your wedding ceremony.
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Picks on Paper - Decor Inspiration for Ceremony Chairs
- Ruffles! Ruffled garlands and chair covers in light chiffon, cotton and even tissue paper!
- Crystals and Beads. An easier, extra glamorous idea for your chairs is finding strings of crystals, or even just long bead necklaces that you can drape around the backs of your ceremony chairs.
- Ribbons. This a pretty popular idea at the moment, and I'm sure you can see why! I love it, because depending on the colors, fabric and amount of ribbons that you use, it can appear totally romantic, or more fun and whimsical. I can't imagine that it's that expensive to do yourself, either! Just be sure to have a whole team of people on hand to start attaching them to the chair backs before your wedding!
- Softened Fabric. I might get hate mail for this, but I am really not a fan of those big shiny chair bows. If you do want to use fabric, I suggest going with a non-shiny fabric in a neutral color...something soft and subtle like burlap or cotton.
- Florals. Florals attached to the ceremony chairs running down the aisle are pretty common, but should you decide to do something on each of the chairs, try to keep it sweet and simple. A green leaf or floral garland, a small bouquet of lavender or herbs, or a big, full rose bloom that can be easily attached to the chair back. My advice is to keep the mason jars on the aisle chairs only, and make sure that they're securely attached to the chairs so guests don't bump them and knock them on the ground.