Beautiful Ways to Style the Last Row of Chairs at Your Wedding Ceremony
These impressive decorations ensure your guests are wowed from the very start of the day.
With all the hard work (and money!) that goes into planning a wedding, you want to make sure that every detail—big and small—feels elevated. It's easy to focus all of your energy into designing the more obvious big-day décor elements (like an altar, for example), but don't forget to think about how the entire space will look. Ask yourself: What is the first thing guests see when they arrive at any wedding? We would say that it's a ceremony's last row of chairs. Even if you've put plenty of thought into your rentals and aisle decorations, styling this area ensures your vision is carried through to every part of your wedding
From ribbon embellishments and drapery to pottery and wooden structures, there are so many ways to upgrade the last row of chairs at your ceremony. Whether your guests will be seated on chairs, benches, or pews, each setup requires a different approach—just remember to keep your wedding's aesthetic in mind. For a traditional affair, classic blooms are always an elegant option, as evidenced here. Mindy Rice Design created this garden with white hydrangeas, delphinium, and roses, filled with eucalyptus and seagrass, which resulted in a polished display. If you are planning a bohemian-themed big day, opt for a more modern look like cacti-filled terra-cotta pots.
As long as you've given this detail the attention it deserves your event is sure to impress—we have the inspiration to get you started. The diverse examples ahead prove just how special this often-overlooked element can be—and what an impact it can have your big-day's overall appearance.
For a classic ceremony display, drape sheer linens over your last row of chairs, like Michele Beckwith did here. She enhanced the elegant look with white-and-green flowers and candles.
Amazing Days Events placed giant wine barrels topped with Ella & Louie arrangements behind this ceremony's last row of chairs. The themed display is perfect for an event taking place at a vineyard.
Decorating the back of your ceremony space with seasonal blooms can celebrate your event's date while adding a pop of color to your setup. The orange-and-white rose and greenery arrangement Sebesta Floral & Event Design used throughout this display did just that.
String pink blooms and ribbons (Lovelyfest and Noonan's Designs created these) from the backs of your final chairs to soften your wooden seats' appearances.
The chairs in your ceremony's last row don't need an elaborate design to make an impression. If you're hosting an event with a minimalist aesthetic, make like Guerdy Abraira from Ocean Flowers and Events and string a single garland strand across your setup for an elevated look.
A large floral display can completely disguise the last row. The technique worked for Allison Weddings who used hydrangeas, pink and purple roses, baby's breath, and greenery by Eddie Zaratsian to hide these wooden seats.
Looking to add a feminine touch to your last row of seats? Style them after event planner Kelly McWilliams' ruffle, rose-colored linen display for a charming effect.
Instead of featuring a classic bloom arrangement at your ceremony, emulate this avant-garde presentation by BTS Event Management. The pros wowed guests with this oversized white rose and greenery setup, which hid each chair in the last row.
A bohemian upgrade works just as well on the last row of seats as it does at the altar. Consider upgrading yours with natural décor elements if you're fond of this laid-back style. Emily Clarke Events and LUX Florist used terra-cotta pots, wooden vessels, and cacti to portray this aesthetic.
When styling wooden pews in an unexpected setting, natural décor is a nice way to make the more formal seating feel a little more cohesive with the rest of the display. A bloom-filled garland, for example, will complement an outdoor event.
Rustic Flower Boxes
If you have a passion for gardening, build wooden flower boxes behind your ceremony's last row of chairs. Wade Richardson and Mindy Rice's creation exemplifies how you can turn your hobby into a wedding design element.
Blooms and Drapery
Can't decide between blooms or draped linens as the decorative accent on your final row of chairs? You can have the best of both worlds by carefully mixing the two instead of just choosing one. Here, colorful fabric covered each chair while potted blooms framed this aisle.
Structured and Round
Line tall vases holding round arrangements—these were made by The Savvy Consultants and Plants n' Petals—side-by-side behind your venue's back pew for a structured, polished look.
For a refined, cohesive look, it's nice to match your decorative details to the chairs themselves. Vanessa Noel Events designed these crates, which she decorated with blooms by Sprigs, in the same finish as these seats.
Kayla Vie Events and Natalie Bowen Designs created a look that was equal parts edgy and feminine by styling this ceremony's last row with blossoming crab apple branches. The plant's thorns and pink blooms combined the two aesthetics.
Why decorate your venue's chairs just one way? Evoke Design and Creative displayed a second seating style in this ceremony's last row, but also displayed large arrangements by Branco Prata behind them.
For a traditional ceremony, place blooms in sculpturesque flower pots behind your last row of chairs to make an elegant first impression. The look had a positive effect for this couple who enhanced their vessels with classic Unique Floral Designs arrangements.
Pastel blooms can give your last row of chairs a soft and elegant look fit for a classic event. CCL Weddings used this blush-and-mint arrangement by Honeycomb Affair to portray this wedding's traditional aesthetic as soon as guests arrived.
Don't let your indoor event stop you from creating a garden vibe behind your last row. This display by Ebb and Flow Events and Sarah Saunders Studio proved that you can recreate a natural look inside.
Ribbons are great for customizing your last row of seats. They come in every color and you can wrap, knot, pleat, or drape them as you please. Here, Amy Kaneko Events used white bows to elevate this garland arrangement by Cherries Flowers for an elegant look.
Castle venues are inherently regal and deserve décor that reflects that aesthetic. Welcome guests to your royal-inspired ceremony by placing marble vessels filled with white-and-green blooms, like these by Florésie, behind your last row.
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