Are chiavari chairs worth the extra money?

posted 3 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Which option should we go with?
    Banquet Chairs (Free) : (63 votes)
    41 %
    Chair Covers ($900) : (47 votes)
    31 %
    Chiavari Chairs ($1800) : (43 votes)
    28 %
    Other? : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Can’t you rent chairs that are cheaper than Chiavari’s but still nicer than the banquet ones? 

    Post # 4
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    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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 # 6
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    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @WannaBeeMrsB:  Do the second option but find a really pretty sash. What’s your theme? What are your colors?

    Post # 7
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    1531 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I almost never like chair covers, but I’ve noticed chiavari chairs – while pretty – are not comfortable.

    Post # 9
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    339 posts
    Helper bee

    300 guests??? And honestly, the answer would depend on the size of your budget.

    Post # 10
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    545 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @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 # 12
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    Newbee

    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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @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
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    Buzzing bee

    @WannaBeeMrsB:  Oooooh eggplant sashes would be REALLY pretty. They’d add a pop of color to your otherwise white banquet!

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would totally splurge on it. I know its not practical but they are so pretty!

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