Post # 1
My venue comes with the classic ol pine fold out chairs…I’m wondering if it’s worth $10 a chair to get the chivari chairs (thru a rental company) We are having 150 guests….what did you guys do?? Any pics?
Post # 3
i would say it depends on your total budget. i like the fold out chairs though…at least you don’t have banquet chairs!
Post # 4
We did them, but they certainly aren’t required for a gorgeous wedding.
What sort of look are you trying to achieve? Do you have photos of your venue?
Post # 5
It’s one of those questions that only you can answer. My knee-jerk reaction is that it is insane-crazy-town to spend $1500 on fancier chairs, but there are a lot of people who would think some of my choices are just as nuts. 🙂
Post # 6
If your venue already comes with fold chairs, I wouldn’t spend the money unless it’s really important to you.
Banquet chairs are usually what brides replace with Chiavaris.
A pine chair in a folding style should still allow for a good view of your tables when a guest walks into the room – they won’t focus on a chair like they would with banquet chairs and you should still see a good portion of the linens behind the chair.
Chiavaris make the room feel larger because they don’t take visual space- you look through them to the table.
They are pretty, but unless they are metal (and most aren’t) they can feel unsturdy to any larger guests you may have.
If you do rent them, make sure you get the rental company to include delivery, set up (including placing the cushion on them), tear down, and pickup for that price. And ensure that your venue won’t charge you for storage of them or anything.
Depending on your venue they may set the chairs up themselves and you would only need delivery and pickup to be included.
Post # 7
It was not worth it to me but it depends on what you want. I’m going with natural wood chairs which are only 2.50 a chair to me it was a no brainer. I am someone who notices things at weddings but honestly chairs are one of those things that don’t tend to matter to me. Also I know my family and they could care less about the chairs.
Post # 8
I don’t have any pics but here is a photographers pics of the site:
We are doing a very rustic/elegant theme…with the low ceilings I think it takes away from the “elegance” and was hoping with lighting/chairs/tableclothes/centerpieces to add that…what do you guys think? We are doing burlap table runners and lots of mason jars with flowers/candles…
Post # 9
I love the chairs at your venue! But I think it totally depends on your personal preference, style, and budget.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2011 - Catholic Church, Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa
I think pine chairs are pretty…if my wedding was outside I’d have used the garden folding chairs. It’s those darned banquet chairs that get me every time. I also think that pine would match more with your theme.
Chiavari chairs are worth the money if you REALLY want them. Remember that you will also be paying tax on that $10. If you can’t imagine your day without them, go for it. It hurt my heart when I realized my chairs after setup fees and taxes cost almost as much as my dress + veil + alterations, but they’re really important to me so I went for it.
Good luck on your decision!
Post # 11
Thanks ladies! I do love the chivari chairs, but I wonder if it’s one of those things the guests will never notice and it’s money out the window….
Post # 12
After looking at those pics, I’m even more confident that you don’t need chivari chairs.
Post # 13
ok, here’s my venue with a bride who rented the chivari chairs:
scroll down to bottom..oh yah, try not to be distracted by how beautiful the couple is!!!
Post # 14
I totally agree with mightywombat- the photos show how gorgeous the chairs look in your venue- keep em, they’re perfect!
Post # 15
yup, still like em better than the chivari! =)
Post # 16
@Ambrocked: thanks Ambrocked! It helps to get others perspectives and keeps me grounded 🙂