A Guide to Wedding Chair Sashes and Bows

There’s so much to know when it comes to sashes and bows for your wedding chairs – our guide covers fabric, styles, accessories and more


Colourful wedding chair bows and sashes hired from a chair covers supplier can transform the look of your wedding ceremony or reception room. As an in-expensive accessory for your day, bows tied around covered wedding chairs can work beautifully with your chosen colour scheme and can add that touch of elegance and class to your celebration.


Princess Occasions, a wedding chair cover specialist based in Leicester have shared a number of their creative images in order to help guide you through the different options available when it comes to making your wedding chairs look fabulous!

Taffeta Bow


Once your wedding venue has been booked, take a look at the décor and see what wedding chairs the venue offer. If the chairs are modern or suit the rustic or older style of the venue then they may not need to be covered, but if you don’t like the look of the wedding chairs on offer — or you want to change the look of the room then consider speaking to a chair cover specialist.

Organza Bow


Taffeta Bow with Diamante Brooch


Wedding chair cover specialists will have stock of hundreds, possibly even thousands of covers to hire for your chairs (regardless of the size of your wedding), which they can then tie organza sashes or bows around in the colour of your pre-chosen choice. There are dozens of different ways to have sashes or bows tied around your chairs so be sure to browse and see which design you prefer. Aside from a standard bow, you can also add accessories such as small diamante hearts, rings or fresh flowers to the backs of your chairs to add an extra touch of bling to your day.

Organza Bow with Diamante Brooch


If you’ve got a specific wedding theme in mind then consider introducing the theme to your chair covers as well. You might be able to add shells or starfish to the bows on your chairs if you’re having a seaside/beach themed wedding, or touches of lace could work perfectly if you’ve chosen a vintage theme. Alternatively, have fun with a Great British wedding theme and choose alternativing red, white and blue bows.

Consider having one colour of bow/sash for your wedding ceremony and a different colour for your wedding reception — or, in order to save money — have the wedding venue staff move the chairs from your wedding ceremony into the reception room whilst your guests are enjoying a glass of champagne.

Organza Bow with Rose


Organza Side Bow with Rose


Choosing your wedding chair covers and sashes doesn’t need to be done so far in advance, but the sooner the better, just to confirm availability would be advisable. If your chosen wedding venue throws a wedding fair, consider attending to see if you can find a supplier that is familiar with the venue. Or, ask your venue for recommended suppliers; if the supplier is familiar with the venue or has worked there before then it will be much easier all round in terms of logistics.

Ruffle Sash


Organza Top Table Side Bow



If you’re having your wedding ceremony outdoors, consider having chair covers that are very secure and won’t blow around too much in the wind if the weather turns. Decorating a glamorous chiavari chair with a pretty bow could look gorgeous on the grass or beach, or if you’re on a budget, consider purchasing chair bows for the chairs that line the aisle — as opposed to a bow or sash on every single chair. Another alternative to saving money on your wedding chair sashes or bows could be to dress alternating chairs, cutting your budget in half.

Lace and Organza Double Bow


In terms of cost, expect to pay anywhere from £1 per chair cover to £2.50 depending on the style and type of chair cover/sash you choose. And why not incorporate this into your wedding budget from the beginning so that it doesn’t come as an added cost when the time comes.

Budget DIY Wedding Chair Decor Ideas

Frame a photograph of you as a couple to hang on each chair that lines your aisle

Buy regular ribbon in the colour of your choice and tie your own mini bows or decorative designs to un-covered wedding chairs

Have a hand-tied collection of rustic flowers hanging from the end of each chair that lines the aisle instead of wedding chair bows or sashes

Make your own wedding chair bows or sashes by purchasing meters of organza and spending time with your sewing machine

Get super creative with fruit and hand-make garlands of apples to tie onto the backs of the front or back row of chairs at your ceremony

Hawaiian leis could be a unique way to add lashings of colour to your wedding chairs; simple and super effective, especially if you’re getting married on the beach

Spice up the top table by adding Mr and Mrs signs to the back of the chairs belonging to the newlywed couple


Browse the chair cover section within the hitched.co.uk supplier directory to find a company to help decorate your day beautifully!