1st post! Please help re: wedding chairs

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

Donna1114:  Are chiavari chairs your only option? I would speak with local rental companies. We’re renting two sets of chairs (one for ceremony and one for dinner) for less than the cost of the chiavaris.

I’m with you though, I don’t really like the chair covers, but as my mother once said – not that I took her advice… – you won’t even care about the chairs. If it were me and I decided to use them, I would probably downplay and just leave them as they are.

Post # 3
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1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

i would rent other chairs- chiavari or otherwise. 🙂

Post # 4
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996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I have a similar issue, I suppose. The venue we picked has mismatched dark wooden chairs. I’m hoping I can put some ribbons or something on the back rather than chair covers, but when it comes down to it – honestly, who cares about chairs? Nobody. And though I love the look of Kartell Ghost Chairs, there is no way I’m going to pay 1000+ Euros for a prettier version of something I’ve already got. I could spend that on so many other things!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Donna1114:  I think this is something that totally depends how you want to allocate your budget. I would start by looking at the cost of chair covers and then look at the cost of renting chairs and see what the difference is. If getting rid of these chairs is important to you and the difference between fabric and renting chairs won’t hurt your budget, I’d say go for it and rent the chairs.

That being said, do the chairs provided by the venue feel flimsy? If so, I’d consider replacing them all together rather than decorating them. I would be uncomfortable if I was worried about my chair collapsing! And even if you don’t rent chivari chairs, people likely won’t notice–they will be busy sitting in them! I’ve never remembered chairs from a single wedding I’ve been to.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you can sew or even use fabric glue, you could make little slipcovers for just the back of the chair.

Something like this, only shorter and even in a plain fabric would work. Do niot use burlap. Can we say scratchy for those guests who have low back dresses? A plain linen or cotton with the same look would work well.

Yolu might get lucky and find placemats or napkins at a good price in the right size, then all the edges are finished.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Donna1114:  you could get chair sashes/fabric in your wedding colors and do something like this to spruce up the chairs:

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I obsessed over chairs. Everyone told me they wouldn’t matter but I didn’t believe them. My husband convinced me that getting the more expensive chairs wasn’t worth it. He was right. I didn’t even notice the chairs on the day of and certainly none of the guests did either. I even have to go back and look at the pictures to even remember exactly which ones we got. They’re not noticeable. They’re really not.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Donna1114:  I forgot to say that I am firmly in the camp that says that nobody cares about the chairs. The minute your guests sit down, the chairs are invisible.

Even before the guests sit down, the chairs will be insignificant compared to the linens and centerpieces etc. If they really bother you, you can ask that the chairs be pulled away from one table when the photographer takes their “before” reception pics.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I would rent other chairs. You don’t have to spring for chiavaris but you can rent the wooden folden chairs or even bistro chairs for $2-$4/piece (as opposed to the $8ish I’ve seen for chiavaris). 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Chiavari chairs with the cushion are actually pretty comfortable. I like the height of the back as opposed to shorter chairs that dig into my mid-back. If you’re getting a deal on them I would say go for it. 

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