Post # 1
I’ll try to summarize in a few bullet points to give you the background:
- Our wedding ceremony and reception are in the same location, but two different ballrooms.
- Our cocktail hour is being held in the grand atrium/lobby that connects the two ballrooms.
- The only way to get from the ceremony room to the reception room is through the atrium where the cocktail hour will be.
- The chairs that come with the location are ugly.
- We are definitely renting beautiful chivari chairs for the reception.
So here is the problem: we wanted to rent the chairs for the ceremony too because seriously, they are ugly — but as stated above they would have to be carried directly through the atrium where all the guests are going to be during the cocktail hour (I have specifically asked if there is a "secret passage" and there isnt!!) so that won’t work.
We were then thinking of doing chair covers for the ceremony – which is a fine option – but also fairly expensive and totally not "necessary" at all …. so I had an idea. What if we only covered the chairs in the last row, front row, and the ones closest to the aisle? Is this soooo crazy? And also would that look terribly "cheap" to do?
Honestly this is all for photographs of which there won’t even be that many, and I can talk to my photographer about attempting to avoid taking pictures of the ugly chairs … gosh and didn’t I just say that I wasn’t being a bridezilla??? 🙂
Please feel free to be honest, it wont hurt my feelings if you tell my I’m being a crazy lady!
Post # 3
I think it would look weird if only some of the chairs were covered :). All the guests would be wondering why you did that! If for the sake of the pictures you want to pretty it up for the ceremony, why don’t you otherwise decorate the backs of the back row of chairs? You could hang some sort of floral arrangement from the back of each one. Or put some sort of partion or divider behind the back row of chairs (at chair height). I am imagining a structure like two poles with a curtain rod between them with fabric and flowers draped over it. What do you think?
Post # 4
Hmm that’s abetter idea — a "pipe and drape" is what it’s called, and we are actually doing that in the ceremony room already (except floor to ceiling) but that’s a good idea!
Or maybe just like a ledge or a table with nice linen and flowers behind the last row.
I’m also going to try to see if I can find some pictures of the "ugly chairs" 🙂
Post # 5
I also think it would look a bit weird. Also, are you sure just covering some of the chairs, would adequately camouflage the rest of the ugly chairs for the pictures? If I had to choose, I’d actually vote for forking the money over for all the covers or put up with transporting the chairs. How big is the cocktail hour space? How many chairs are you talking? Maybe the best thing would be to work with the venue on how to move the chairs with the least amount of distraction during the cocktail hour.
Post # 6
Yeah, it wasn’t the best idea … The cocktail space is big but we will have at least 250 guests and that’s a lot of chairs. I’ll have to look into the costs of all these things. I might just have to get over it, no one should be looking at the chairs anyway!!