Post # 1
So I’m trying to decide if I really need chair covers. They are so expensive!!!!
My venue has newly re-finished chairs and they are really nice, but they don’t necessarily go with the color scheme I really want, and am considering changing my scheme so that they will.
So my quesiton is, how important are chair cover’s to all you ladies? Will you be having them? What would you do, change the scheme?
Post # 3
If the chairs truly are nice, I would change the color scheme. Chair covers can be rented inexpensively, but then there’s all the putting on and the tying, then the taking off and the untying… so much trouble. I actually don’t like the look of chair covers; they are more just to cover ugly chairs.
Alternately, maybe you could ask your venue if they have white wooden folding chairs they could sub out for the ballroom chairs.
Post # 4
As funny as this is – table linens were the one thing Mr S put his foot down about. We HAD to have them. Seriously we rearranged the budget to make it happen. Our venue is brand new as well, all items very, very nice but still the color of the chairs are maroon and a cushiond paisley look. We are having a pink/black wedding it didn’t go. Mr S was determined we wern’t changing our idea of "The Perfect Day" to match the hall.
What I did was search around: a lot! I found that if I mentioned to one place that I spoke to another and their prices were "$$$" they would offer something to sweeten the deal and make it "$$" – so all my calling around really paid off. Even though I wasn’t trying to "work them", a simple accidental sigh got one person asking me who else I’d talked to and WHAM I was in a bidding frenzy with linen places! LOL
So, Take notes! Send e-mails, and my rule of thumb is if they don’t respond in a timley manner – I took them off the list of possibilties.
In the end I found a gal who’s prices were comparable, but will set up and take down for free (which is a hidden cost so watch it) and gave me satin chair sashs for the price of the tulle ones. Saving me about $300-$500 She’s a smaller business not a huge chain which I think also helps out a lot. Yet she’s got great refrences and has worked with my venue before.
If you’re in MN, I’m happy to share her with you!
Post # 5
at first we weren’t going to use chair covers, but FH didn’t like the ballroom chairs the hotel had. i ended up finding really affordable ones in OC with free delivery and setup since the venue was close to their warehouse.
Post # 6
We weren’t going to use chair covers, either. But then we found out that our chairs were really, really, bad.
I ended up renting some chairs for a great deal and since they’re brand new, I’m just going to do silk sashes instead. I found a great company that does just chair covers (in fact, that’s their name http://www.justchaircovers.com) and Julie is the cat’s pajamas! Really, she’s brilliant.
Maybe you could go for doing just a sash?
Post # 7
It really is your preference… We used them because I wanted them. It didn’t matter about how the chairs looked, to me, it always tied the whole thing together.
we used http://www.chaircoverexpress.com/
Post # 8
IMO, if it really clashes and you don’t want to change your colors, it will really make or break the entire room.
I say rent the covers or see what other option you have such as renting alternative chairs if they have that available.
Post # 9
i like chair covers – it gives a more "finished" look to the entire event
Post # 10
I really want the chair covers, but in my area they run about $1.50 a piece without the sash and our guest list is about 300! Not only that, we only get the venue for 5 and half hours and have a half hour to get all of our stuff out: presents, center pieces, etc.
I just keep thinking that’s a huge expense that I could use elsewhere because we are on a really tight budget! Plus the venue carpet, drapes, etc. all tie in with the chairs. Maybe I could just use chair covers for the head table to make the pictures look good and not all the tables. Has anyone ever done that?
Post # 11
I’m not using chair covers and they don’t necessarily match my scheme. I figure it will be OK, they’re expensive and time consuming. I have seen the bride and grooms chair decorated (mostly wrapped in tulle and not chair covers) separately from the rest of the room. I think it looked good.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
I’m actually going to go against the norm, and say that I don’t like chair covers, and I really don’t think that they will go against a whole look.
Most of the pictures you see of weddings with chair covers are when people aren’t sitting in them, which isn’t the case for most of the evening. Additionally, many men (if they are wearing suits) will take off their jackets and place them over the chairs, so it doesn’t really matter.
Post # 13
I will second Dahlia – I personally really don’t care for chair covers. I think all that white (even with a sash) washes everything out and makes rooms look kind of boring. I always think of covered chairs as little ghosts! Plus, as a guest, I don’t like that they restrict where you can put your feet under the chair. AND they’re so expensive! That’s at least $3 per person (the lowest I’ve seen them going for, but I haven’t looked too hard) that could be spent elsewhere.
The chairs in our hotel are burgundy, which doesn’t go at all, but it’s not important to me that they match everything else. I don’t think any of my guests will think twice about it, given all the care I’ve put into other details. Afterall, they’ll either be sitting in the chairs, facing each other and the centerpieces, or if they’re up they’ll be boogying it down on the dance floor and not caring one whit about the chairs!
But of course, if you like them and feel that the chairs are an integral part of your scheme/day, then you should do whatever you need to do to make them work. From Sweeney’s post, it sounds like you can get a good deal if you just do some legwork. Good luck!
Post # 14
I’m having a hard time deciding as well. My venue has the chivari chairs which are nice, but I really want just sashes JUST because I do. I found an online store that sells them for what I could rent them for (http://www.efavormart.com). My DOC will put them on and then I’ll sell them to her when I’m done at a discount. I did end up having to change my color scheme a bit to match the chair cushions, but that’s because I didn’t want to cover the chair completely.
Good luck with your decision!
Post # 15
I was starting to feel abnormal until I read Dahlia’s post – I do not like chair covers. They feel dated to me – they are one of the few reminants of 1989 weddings. But this is obviously a personal taste issue. Covered chairs scream "ballroom" – and we chose to have our reception in a grove of trees – so it makes sense that we aren’t considering chair covers. But, speaking of chairs, they are EXPENSIVE to rent. We have to rent EVERYTHING for our grove of trees. The nicest basic chairs are $2.50 each (180 ppl). The next nicest chair is $8.50 each! What a huge price leap. Though they are both comfortable, the $8.50 chairs look nicer. But then I realized that people will be sitting in those seats and no one will notice what they look like.
Post # 16
i completely agree with enmoore and dahlia. chair covers just aren’t my thing…