8 Styles of Wedding Chairs
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | By Rosalie Iannelli
While often underestimated as a styling feature, we think chairs are one of the most important elements in event design. Don’t cover them with a chair cover or go too overboard with decorating—let them shine as they are! A stunning selection of chairs will complement your overall look, adding a design element that can help you to achieve a pulled-together aesthetic.
When it comes to picking a chair style for your wedding ceremony and reception, there are loads of different styles. With so many options to choose from, sometimes it can be a little bit overwhelming.
In this guide, we run through some of our fave wedding chair styles—from the classic bentwood, through to the modern ghost chair. Now, pull up a seat and have a read!
1. Ghost chairs
The Philippe Starck Louis Ghost chair is the perfect choice for a modern, chic event. Made from acrylic, these transparent seats add a sense of formality and interest to your event space. Style them in a row at a long table for extra wow-factor!
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Timeless and elegant, the no. 14 chair, commonly referred to as the ‘Bentwood’, originates from 1859. These classic, café-style chairs make for a sophisticated seating option that is suited to a wide-range of events, no matter the level of formality.
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3. Eames chairs
The iconic Eames DSR or ‘Eiffel chair’ is chic, sleek and works in a variety of spaces. With a midcentury feel that still feels fresh and new, this simple and stylish chair is well-loved by interior designers for good reason!
Left: via Minted | Right: via Style Me Pretty
Also known as the ‘Chiavarina’ or ‘Tiffany chair’, the Chiavari dates all the way back to the 1800s! A coveted wedding chair, the Chiavari is available in an expansive range of options—including gold, wood, white, black, bright colours and translucent. The pretty detailing of this Italian design lends itself perfectly to opulent and formal events.
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5. Cross back
Taking its name from the big ‘X’ in the back of the chair, this stylish seat is perfect for rustic events, bringing a structured feel to the event styling. The French Provincial design is sure to add character and an elegant touch to your occasion.
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6. French slotted
Ideal for a garden wedding, the classic French slotted chair is elegant and will bring a sense of European charm. Your guests will feel as though they’ve been transported to a Parisian café!
Image via: HOORAY! Emily + Luke
7. Folding chairs
The ideal chairs for a quick set up and pack down, these folding chairs are a popular choice for beach weddings and garden ceremonies. This clean, simple design is great for a whole range of wedding styles and themes, giving a more casual feel to the event.
Image via: HOORAY! Nicole + Dave
When you’re not quite sure what to pick, why not go for them all? Mismatched chairs bring about a feeling of vintage, quirky charm. Our tip is to keep your tablescape really simple and let your chairs do all the talking!
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