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Wedding Chair Covers

Rant alert! Wedding chair covers ~ when did they become a thing? Why do people have them? Should you put them in the FIB? What is a FIB?

I will attempt to answer some of these questions, but first let me just say, if you are going to have chair covers do them properly – like this! Make sure they add a real WOW to your wedding.

When did they become a thing? 

I have no idea! What I do think I know is why they became a thing – because of scruffy chairs that needed to be hidden!

Let’s be honest here, weddings are big business for many venues and many venues are a bit shabby with tired carpets and furniture. So, slapping some elegant covers on chairs and using beautiful drapes and fairy lights can improve a room very quickly. The problem, as I see it, is that the venue have found this is great way to charge every couple for the service.


Why do people have them? 

The chair covers make everything look clean and uniform. The addition of a sash gives you the opportunity to inject colour and maybe some bling, but that can be at considerable cost. I took the picture below at the recent Chilworth Manor Wedding Fayre and I got really excited because the venue has really good, neutral coloured, comfortable seats that didn’t need covering. That means you might have more to spend on really beautiful things like flowers, the lovely arrangement here was provided by our friend Carole from the Flower Stables.

Wedding chair covers


Should you put them in the FIB and what is the FIB?

OK first, the FIB … I’m going to call it the “Forget It Bucket” – but that’s not what the “F” really stands for. I first heard the phrase in the VERY excellent Bridechilla Podcast by Aleisha McCormack. I highly recommend this podcast, in fact I’d go as far as to say it’s essential listening BUT it does come with the warning that Aleisha is not for those who are easily offended by profanities. One of Aliesha’s jingles is “The Bridechilla Podcast, telling chair covers to get f****d since 2014”.  I’ll be posting more about BrideChilla soon but please check it out.


In Conclusion

A covered chair with a sash can look really elegant. However, once someones been sat in it for a while the sash often moves and it’s not quite as tidy. Badly tied sashes often come untied and end up being a slip/trip hazard on the floor. I know some venues where the same chairs are used for the ceremony in one room, then moved to another room for the wedding breakfast and then moved around again for the evening party, often the sashes need redoing several times. However they can be a good way of getting your colour theme into the day.

My personal opinion is book a venue with chairs that don’t need covers but if you do want, or need, to have covers do them well, create something special. Here’s a beautiful venue dressed to make it look even more gorgeous. It’s the Hampshire Barn at Norton Park (click here) and it was dressed by my friend Suzanne Tie The Knot Events (click here). The table cloths and sashes really take the room to another level while maintaining a clean, tidy feel.

Wedding Chair Covers


September weddings

Choosing Your First Dance

Following my recent post about requests for your wedding party (click here) I promised a blog about Choosing Your First Dance.

Some couples know exactly what they want for their first dance, others haven’t a clue. Either is no problem, I’m always happy to help or just to do my best to make the first dance stress-free and memorable for all the right reasons.

What won’t happen at one of my weddings is a mumbled introduction with nobody knowing what’s going on. I’ll do my best to make sure everyone knows exactly what is happening and that all the important guests (mums etc) are in the room with a good view of what’s about to happen.

These days I often make special edits of songs to reduce the length or sometimes extend them, I’ve also made first dance “mash-up’s” combining several songs together. These are the kinds of services a professional DJ will offer their couples – I’ve also seen other local DJ’s asking if any other DJ’s can do this for them!

Some couples have amazing plans for their first dance, others just want to do a slow rotate for a verse and a chorus before their friends and family are invited to join them. I’ll make sure we make a plan and know exactly what’s going to happen and how to make the most of the opportunity so that the photographer gets some great images.

I mentioned the DJ Event Planner lists (click here) and they produced this one for First Dances based on data from their DJs …

Artist Song Title
1 Ed Sheeran Perfect
2 Kodaline The One
3 John Legend All Of Me
4 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud
5 Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love
6 James Arthur Say You Won’t Let Go
7 Christina Perri A Thousand Years
8 Etta James At Last
9 Ellie Goulding How Long Will I Love You
10 Ed Sheeran Tenerife Sea
11 Ben E. King Stand By Me
12 Lonestar Amazed
13 Al Green Let’s Stay Together
14 Jason Mraz I Won’t Give Up
15 Lifehouse You And Me
16 Shania Twain From This Moment On
17 Goo Goo Dolls Iris
18 Kenny G Songbird
19 Nathan Sykes Over And Over Again
20 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars

The list is an interesting mix of tracks, many of which have become wedding staples. It may be a good place to start if you don’t already have an “our tune” that you want to use and are looking for inspiration.

Choosing Your First Dance is a very personal thing – every couple are different, I always do my best to make the most of this traditional wedding day highlight.

The first dance is just one of the big moments of the day when music is important … stay tuned for another post about wedding music soon 😉


September weddings

“Creating Your WOW Wedding” Eve ~ Recap

It’s Creating Your WOW Wedding eve … not a day that’s written into modern legend yet – but you never know!

As promised yesterday, here to mark Creating Your WOW Wedding Eve is a run-down of the countdown and what I’ve covered …

30 ~ Weave CLICK HERE
Weave what you may ask!

29 ~ Others CLICK HERE
Who are they and how can they help?

28 ~ The Why CLICK HERE
The second W in WOW stands for WHY

27 ~ Back To Basics CLICK HERE
Why is your wedding like a movie.

26 ~ Help CLICK HERE
Choosing your team ~ 2 videos to watch

25 ~ Never Too Much CLICK HERE
When is you day full and what’s too much.

24 ~ Your Perfect Venue CLICK HERE
How do you find your perfect venue?

23 ~ More Venue Thoughts CLICK HERE
Does exactly what it says on the tin.

22 ~ Real Weddings CLICK HERE
Real Weddings are a great place for inspiration.

21 ~ Rainy Days CLICK HERE
What if it rains on your wedding day?

20 ~ Numbers CLICK HERE
The budget

19 ~ The After Party CLICK HERE
… and there’s more

18 ~ The Centrepiece CLICK HERE
There’s plenty more joy to be had

17 ~ Charity CLICK HERE
Could you help others through your wedding

16 ~ The Kiss CLICK HERE
Practise, practise, practise

15 ~ How Much CLICK HERE
Why do things seem to cost more for a wedding?

14 ~ Wedding Insurance CLICK HERE
It might sound boring but you need to think about it.

13 ~ Bouquets and Buttonholes CLICK HERE
Great advice from Carole at The Flower Stables

12 ~ Bring Back The Receiving Line CLICK HERE
What is it and why should you have one

11 ~ Read The Small Print CLICK HERE
A couple of fab tips from Jane at Winslowe House ~ Read the small print and look for flexibility.

10 ~ Ushers CLICK HERE
Use them!

9 ~ Ceremony Music CLICK HERE
Setting the tone for everything that follows.

8 ~ How’s It Going To Sound CLICK HERE
Music plays such an important part.

7 ~ Wedding Quiz CLICK HERE
Connect everyone with a great ice-breaker.

6 ~ Photographs CLICK HERE
Sharing your photos will help engage your guests.

5 ~ Friends Requests CLICK HERE
Get everyone involved in creating a great party.

4 ~ Baked With Love CLICK HERE
Bake some treats to use as favours.

3 ~ Evening Photos CLICK HERE
Don’t forget to capture the evening fun.

2 ~ The Red Arrows and Rainbows CLICK HERE
I took a look at other vents and moments to keep an eye on.

1 ~ Grand Finale CLICK HERE
Bringing your perfect day to a planned end

As I look back on Creating Your WOW Wedding Eve, I’m amazed out how much I’ve shared – it’s like I’m some kind of wedding expert. 😉

Once tomorrow is done I promise I’ll calm down – so please forgive me wittering on, but I’m so excited …
… after all it is flipping’ Creating Your WOW Wedding Eve! If you haven’t reserved your places email me NOW