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By Rachel's Mom 01/19/2011
For my sister-in-law's outdoor wedding, she had purchased rectangular plastic tablecloths from the dollar store and ask me if there was a way we could use them. I decided to cut the tablecloths in half, lengthwise, and wrap one of the pieces around the top of the chair. I tied the ends in a bow in back of the chair, and then we used mounds of multi-colored curling ribbon that had been curled to tuck in the back. We let some of it drape down the back too. Of course, you could tuck some silk or real flowers in the back or something else of your choice. We had many compliments on how pretty the chairs looked. Just buy one or two tablecloths and experiment with it. You may be surprised at what you come up with. Good luck!
As a professional bridal consultant of 10 years specializing in silk wedding flowers, event design & wedding planning, and faux floral decor, I love helping brides create amazing designs for less.
Folding chairs can be tricky, and we are vague about a few of your wedding details, such as your event colors, theme, and the color of the chairs. I assume that since you want the ideas by the middle of October you are having a fall or winter event. Plus, I am assuming that you are using 100 for the ceremony and 100 for reception seating.
Here are a couple of my suggestions:
1.) Try to incorporate the chair color into your wedding color palette. It will look as though you chose those chairs on purpose.
2.) Decorate the ceremony chairs by placing colored bows or pomanders (little round bouquets) on the ends of the aisle to dress up the aisle.
3.) For reception chairs, add a wide band, 3-5 inches, to make sashes. Bows could be added to the head table. (see inexpensive materials list below)
4.) If they are metal chairs you could attach a variety of items with magnets. Tulle, colored paper shapes, etc.
**Raffia - this is a very inexpensive material that has a natural look and color of straw. It can be made into sashes and bows, while adding a fall, rustic feel.
**Tulle - this material is great because it is very inexpensive, comes in a ton of colors, and widths. You could use wider bulk tulle to make a full cover. Just make sure to bunch or layer the material so the color comes through.
**Ribbon - ribbon is a great way to add color. Pick a bulk ribbon that's really wide. You can make sashes, bows, or wraps. If the chair has a flat top and a spindled back, you could tie thinner ribbon in your wedding colors along the top in little knots and let them hang down. This is a very cool look. (email me for a picture)
**Pearl Strands - these garlands are fun, elegant and relatively inexpensive. They come in a bunch of colors and swagged along the top of the chair will give any chair a pop.
I could go on and on. If you want more help just leave me a message. I am glad to help. Congratulations on your upcoming event.
I like the pillowcase idea, I'd also go for tulle (net) bows in any appropriate colour.
By Elaine 01/07/2011
Are they all alike? Do you sew? I would make a trial pattern and then buy some cheap fabric at Walmart, they have some at mine they sell for $1.50 a yard and sew your own.
By linda lush 01/06/2011
By the date I assume this is for something related to a wedding or Halloween. Depending on how dressy this needs to be, buy the 13 gallon size garbage bags- the kind without the drawstrings. I believe they will fit over the back of a folding chair. If not you may need to look for a larger size.
First though take the bag and smooth it out flat, if for a wedding could, with a marker, write BRIDE on half and GROOM on other half if being used for the wedding ceremony, and set up the chairs on the proper side. If for reception can put the first names on different bags, put last name on some, or put (Jane and John Doe 10-25-11) for example. If for Halloween, using colored markers draw Halloween pictures, etc.
By bkvander 01/06/2011
Pillow cases (in colors) are pretty.
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We're having a wedding reception at a church and plan to use their tables and chairs; however, the chairs are brown fold-up metal chairs (yuck!). We're not too much on the chair rental thing; does anyone know of any inexpensive and creative decorating ideas for these type of chairs? Thanks!
C, Richmond, VA
Then we bought some cheap ribbon at the dollar store to tie around the backs and made bows. We also found these cute wedding ring favors from the dollar store and tied it to the bow. Flowers would be nice too. I hope that that makes sense! If that sounds at all appealing I could send you some pics. I believe that I have some good one. It really brightened up the room and you can do it any color that you like. (03/07/2005)
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