Today, we’re going to be looking at the different chair bows and chair sashes for wedding receptions that you can find. Whether you’re wanting to try making them yourself, or you’re unsure of what chair bow or sash to opt for – this is the article for you.
There’s a whole host of options available. Whether you’re looking for a subtle way to dress up your chairs, or bling them up to your heart’s content, it can be tricky to decide what to choose. Which color should you choose? Which style bow or sash? Is there a fabric that will work best? Should you tie the bows yourself? It can feel overwhelming, but it certainly doesn’t have to be.
Tips to Help Decide the Right Bow for You
I’ve put together a list of tips to help choose your perfect chair covers and bows.
- Color – I’ll assume you’ve chosen the color scheme for your wedding – that’s if you’re even having one! It’s the first thing I decided on when getting married. While most people opt for their chair bows to match their color scheme, you don’t have to do this. Once you’re set on a color, try ordering some different fabrics and color variants to see what you like best.
- Cost – Weddings are expensive, there’s no doubt about that. Set a budget – and make sure it’s realistic. For example, if you have $1000 for reception décor, don’t spend $500 on chair covers.
- Try it Yourself – This is a DIY blog, so of course, I’m going to suggest doing them yourself (we’ll take a closer look at this later). While it may be time-consuming, it keeps the cost down massively.
- Measure the Chairs – This may seem like a strange one – but of course, not all chairs are going to be the same size. Check with your venue what size the chairs will be so you can get the perfect fit.
- Decide on Your Material – There are a whole range of materials you could opt for. Organza, satin, taffeta. We’ll look more in-depth at those later.
- Hire Them – Did you know that you can hire sashes and bows for your wedding? If you have a large number of guests or simply don’t have the time or money to make and source your own, hiring is a great alternative.
Choosing the Right Material
There are a few materials to choose from and what you choose, will depend on the feel you want your wedding to have. Let’s take a look at the choices.
- Organza – This is the material you’ll most often see at weddings. It’s eye-catching and the cheapest option. They look elegant and come in a range of various colors. Organza is sheer and has a smooth finish. It’s also very lightweight.
- Satin – If you’ve got more money set aside for your sashes, you may want to opt for satin. The proof satin is that it’s much easier to tie bows with. If you’re doing them yourself, it’s better to work with than materials like organza. Their glossiness and silkiness adds a bit of luxury to your wedding.
- Taffeta – The most expensive of them all; high-end and stunning. They’re certainly the most formal choice of them all, and look beautiful with a centerpiece in the middle of the bow, like a brooch.
There are plenty of other materials to choose such as burlap, tulle, lycra, and spandex – but the three above are the most popular and easily accessible.
Finding the Right Chair Sash for Weddings
Surprisingly, there’s a number of ways you can show off your sashes on the big day. While most people opt for the traditional knot, that is just one of the many options available.
- The “Traditional” Bow – If your wedding has a very traditional feel about it, or you don’t like veering away from the “norm” at weddings, this bow is perfect. The pros of this one are that it’s quick and easy.
- The “Side” Bow – Another easy alternative (probably the easiest of them all). It looks just as elegant as the traditional bow
- Double Loop Flower – This one requires time and lots of hands. The end product is stunning and worth the effort, in my opinion.
Here’s a great article where they offer 10 different ways to tie a chair – whether you’re doing it yourself or buying/renting ready-made.
Tying Your Own Bows
Tying your own does take time, but the end result is worth all that effort. As we’ve seen, there’s a range of ways you can tie them – from easy, to more complex. Totally Dazzled has a tutorial (with a video) on how to tie a chair sash bow, which is relatively straightforward. I always prefer learning how to do things by watching, so if you’re like me, this is perfect for you.
I didn’t have much money for my wedding. If you’re the same, you could try these super cute alternatives for chair bows at wedding receptions, to add to your chairs.
- Use regular ribbon from your local craft store and make miniature bows
- You’ll need a bunch of photos, peg clips, and hessian string. Tie the string round your chairs and clip on a cute photo or two to each chair of you and your partner
- Hang a garland round every chair. You can usually buy these in bulk for a reasonable price
I hope this article has helped you see the range of options you have when choosing your perfect chair bows and sashes for your wedding. Whatever budget you have, you can make your chairs look gorgeous and blend in with your wedding seamlessly. And just remember, as long as you and your partner are together, your wedding will likely be the day you always dreamed of.
If you have any other tips when choosing or making your own, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I would love to see them. Sharing is caring!