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Your Guide to Choosing Chair Decor for Your Event

April 22, 2020
April 22, 2020 at 4:00 AM

Chairs are usually not what people give attention to during special occasions or events such as weddings, banquets, showers and parties. However, their significance to the overall scheme of things and aesthetics of the event where they are used cannot be denied. This is why event planners and wedding stylists take great pains in ensuring that the chair decor they select — whether fancy or simple chair covers and accessories — is suitable for the occasion.If you’re new to all this or are having a tough time choosing the perfect wedding chair covers or the right chair decor for an engagement party, here’s a handy guide from us at Fancy Seats.

Aesthetic considerations

Depending on the event theme, your choice of chair covers (if you want these) and sashes would come in specific sizes, colors, and fabrics. This is why it’s important to have a deep understanding of the overarching event theme for you to be able to select well from an assortment of materials.

  • Size: The size of the chair covers and sashes to be used depends on the size of the actual chairs being used. The covers must fit the chairs snugly, without being too tight. The chair sashes should not be so large either as to overwhelm the chair they are designed to beautify. There are two basic widths that apply to chair sashes: 6 inches and 8 inches, while the usual length is about 108 inches. While 8 inches is the most common width used, you can make adjustments to this based on your personal preference. Usually, wider ones tend to look more attractive. For spandex bands though, 4 to 6 inches is considered the optimal width.
  • Color: To prevent color clashes, use a color palette based on the dominant color being used for the event. You also need to ensure the color of the covers and sashes complement the table linen and accessories. As much as possible, avoid monochromatic setups where the chair covers are almost in the same hue as the sashes — well, not unless the theme color and style is also monochromatic.
  • Fabric: Chair covers typically feature spandex, fitted linen, lycra and lycra-free flow as material, all of which help ensure a good fit. Sashes come in a wider variety of fabrics such as satin, l’amour, organza and damask taffeta. Spandex bands, meanwhile, are often used in combination with spandex chair covers.

Whatever your final selection may be, keep in mind that it should function to complement the rest of the event decor, especially the table setting.

Popular chair sash materials

Organza and satin continue to be the more popular choices when it comes to chair sashes. Organza is a mesh-like material that is commonly used in weddings, while satin (or poly satin) has a certain silky-smooth sheen that instantly makes it look luxurious.Organza comes in a variety of colors, so it’s an easy pick for special or fancy occasions. Satin is easier to work with than organza — particularly in the tying and securing department. However, satin is more expensive than organza.If you are going for an ultra-luxurious feel, damask taffeta sashes suggest a formal and exquisite vibe, especially when the details or prints (made of velvet glued onto taffeta) appear to be embossed on the material.

Fancy, formal, fun

Whatever type of look you are looking for — whether fancy, formal or fun, don’t overlook the importance of chair covers and sashes. Remember, the total impression your event gives off is the sum of many parts  — one of which is chair decor.Have an event coming up? Need help putting the look together?Fancy Seats is the partner you might be looking for. Give us a call and we will help you make your event stand out in the best way possible.