Post # 1
Hey ladies. I need some help making a decision. My FI and I are pretty torn on what to do about our banquet chairs/chair covers. We still have quite a bit of time before our decision has to be made, but I was hoping you could all help us make the decision a little easier. Here’s out situation:
Our hall’s chairs are not too pretty, IMO, and we therefore must cover them or replace them. These are the chairs, for the curious. I just want to add that no one in my town leaves chairs uncovered at weddings, so this isn’t really an option for us. Leaving them uncovered (in my town) would be considered REALLY casual and unnacceptable, quite frankly.
So I have two options. The first is to rent chair covers – the cheaper option. This is also the most popular option in my town. It’s considered a pretty ‘standard’ wedding look here. I think that chair covers are okay. I mean, I’m used to seeing them at weddings so no one thinks twice about them. They’re just chairs right? So here is the approximate look we would achieve with chair covers:
Price: 3$/cover (sash included for free) x 300 = $900
Our second option is to rent chiavari chairs. I’m really wanting our wedding decor to make a statement. As I already said, chair covers are pretty standard and very… not ‘wow’. I feel like the chiavari chairs make a really nice impact on the reception space. My only concern is the price. Is it worth it, bees? Here is the look we would be going for (and I’ve been swooning over lately):
Price: 6$/chair x 300 = $1800
So, I guess my final question is which options you all think I should go with. Should I spend the extra $900 on the chairs and look that I love, or is it not worth it? Thanks in advance for your opinions, girls :)!
Post # 3
Can’t you rent chairs that are cheaper than Chiavari’s but still nicer than the banquet ones?
Post # 4
I had the same dilemma, and chose the chair covers. My way of choosing was trying to remember what the last few weddings i went to’s chairs looked like… And i honestly cant remember, and really didnt care at the time. S o long as each guest has their own chair, i dont think theyll care what it looks like…
as a bonus, the banquet chairs are significatly more comfortable then the chiavari.
Post # 5
@thunderberry: I guess I could look around a little more, but so far the only chair rentals that I’ve found in my town are garden chairs for outdoor events. Anything else is so close to the price of chiavari chairs (and not fantasic looking) that it really doesn’t seem worth it to me. I’m mainly debating between splurging or just spending the standard $3 to cover the chairs.
Post # 6
@WannaBeeMrsB: Do the second option but find a really pretty sash. What’s your theme? What are your colors?
Post # 7
I also hated mm the included chairs at my venue so we paid extra for the chiavari chairs and don’t regret it 🙂 here’s how they looked in the reception space 🙂
Post # 8
I almost never like chair covers, but I’ve noticed chiavari chairs – while pretty – are not comfortable.
Post # 9
300 guests??? And honestly, the answer would depend on the size of your budget.
Post # 10
@WannaBeeMrsB: I say, fight against the crazy idea that uncovered/non-Chivari chairs are unclassy and unacceptable. That extra money can be used for other areas of your budget, like more alcohol to help your guests forget about the chairs! 😉 I’m kidding, sorta.
For what it’s worth, our venue only offered free YELLOW plastic chairs, the kind you would use for a kid’s birthday party. But I was completely unwilling to pay anything extra for chairs that would be used for a few hours, so we just incorporated the color into decor and I am certain that no one even noticed the crazy chairs. We were all too busy having a good time! And even if someone did waste their breath complaining about the unclassy chairs, welp, that’s their problem!
I’m a firm believer that as long as you have SOME KIND of chairs for people to sit on and enough of them for each guest, you are set, you have fully met the critieria for acceptability. There are far better things to spend money on. But if you really can’t stomach the plain chairs, cover them and don’t think about.
Post # 11
@Chrysoberyl: That’s a good idea too. I don’t really have a theme. I guess traditional? And my colours are eggplant and blush. Maybe dark purple sashes?
Post # 12
Maybe by your wedding they will have upgraded! I think you have plenty of time to wait it out a little longer and see what happens.. but I completely feel you, I decided against a venue because I didn’t like the rug (who remembers the rug?!)
Post # 13
Depends on your budget. If doing this is stretching it then its not worth doing the Chiavari, if you have plenty of room to spend 900 bucks on chairs and you love them then get them.
Post # 14
@WannaBeeMrsB: Chiavari chairs are so elegant and really set the reception with a sense of elegance. I feel that the other two options make it feel cookie cutter and banquety. We are paying extra for the chiavari chairs.
The other idea is the just order chiavari chairs for you, your husband, and the bridal party. I am planning on getting fancy chairs for my hubby and I to sit in during the dinner.
Post # 15
@WannaBeeMrsB: Oooooh eggplant sashes would be REALLY pretty. They’d add a pop of color to your otherwise white banquet!
Post # 16
I would totally splurge on it. I know its not practical but they are so pretty!