In the sun or the shade, umbrellas add so much character to your event you won't have to worry about any other decorations. This concept could work especially well for an outdoor wedding -- plus they also work great as props in photos!
We used a navy blue table cloth that was a nice base color with the bright red and white. We used red napkins to tie in the umbrellas and then put a little favor box at each place setting. These umbrellas come with clamps, so we attached them to each chair but you could do it to every other chair or every second chair for a similar effect.
Linens, Chairs and Dishes from Abbey Rentals
Umbrellas with clamps, case of 24 for $135 at Overstock.com
Favor Boxes and Ribbons from Paper Mart