Post # 1
I was given the impression renting chairs at my restaurant reception would be very doable. I have just talked to the coordinator and I do not think it is possible. They said they don’t have space for the 200 chairs to be stored while I bring in rentals. they would have to charge me for some sort of pod storage. I am dying over the idea of not having chivari chairs. The cost to rent chivari is 8.25 a chair and adding the pod cost I think is a dealbreaker. It took me long enough to get FI on board with the chairs and this seems to be a pain now. I don’t like the chairs provided as i was so set on chivari. I don’t like covers but maybe a bow would help..
also I am doing navy linens with a striped table runnedo inspiration is below.. It’s a preppy/nautical theme and the reception overlooks the intercoastal waterway.
Post # 3
Honestly, I don’t think they’re that bad. At least they’re wooden!
Post # 4
Those chairs are pretty nice, I wouldn’t worry too much about not having chiavari chairs. Guest will pay no attention to the seats as long as they’re clean and they can hold purses and jackets. Spend your chiavari savings on some extra decor or on the honeymoon 🙂
Post # 5
Ok, first, take a deep breath.
Now, are those the chairs you’ll get in the picture? If so, those are fine. Beautiful in fact.
No one is going to notice them except for one nitpicking aunt who you’ll never please. Unless they are uncomfortable cold metal collapsible chairs, it doesn’t matter.
I think everyone hits a stage where they begin to sweat the small stuff. Make a list of the most important things to you in this wedding. For example, mine was photographer, venue, officiant, DJ. Those are the things you need to focus on and make sure you get perfect. The rest? You’ll get there and deal with it, but remind yourself that they are minor details that neither of you care about.
If your list actually HAS chair covers on it, then work with your budget and find a way to make it happen.
If it doesn’t, the wedding industry has gotten to you. Take a breath, back away from planning for a few days and remember that people will remember the mood, the food and the love in the air. The only ones who will notice they didn’t put their ass on satin are the ones who will complain no matter what you do.
Post # 6
Uh I like those chairs! And I’m pretty discerning. I’ve heard chiavari chairs are quite uncomfortable and those ones look comfy!
Post # 7
I really don’t think that the chairs they provide are that bad – I have seen some horrible venue chairs and I would not consider yours to be nearly as bad.
That being said, we are having chivari chairs and I am set on them. I don’t care who does or doesn’t notice them – I will notice. Our venue is allowing us to have rentals delivered the night before and they will just be stored in the space where our reception will be taking place. If your venue doesn’t have the space to store the rentals, where would they have stored their own chairs since you weren’t planning to use them and you were bringing in your own??? That doesn’t make sense to me…. They would have been putting their own chairs somewhere to bring in your rentals, so why can’t you put your rentals in that area? Or why can’t they move their chairs a little earlier to make room for the chivaris?
Post # 8
I think the chairs are nice but it is annoying that they let you believe you could rent other chairs then said they had no place for storage. On the bright side, you will be saving $ from the rental cost that can now go to other decor.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I cannot tell you what any chair I have ever sat in at a wedding looked like. That doesn’t mean I am not going to do something about the chairs at my venue – I am. But I would not worry too much about it or spend a fortune on it either. I actually really like the chairs that come with your venue and think they’ll fit in fine with your theme.
Post # 10
Those chairs are fine.
You could look into using chair covers as an alternative.
Post # 11
@Tbblount: your venue chairs don’t look too bad in the pics. honestly, no one really remembers chairs at receptions so don’t worry too much
i know you had your heart set on the chivari chairs.
you can always decorate with fabric and flowers. what about something like this for your chairs?
Post # 12
I would love for those to be the chairs that come with my venue! Mine are ugly banquet chairs and I’m having to cover them (not for the guest’s sake, for mine because I hate them). Just have a sash put on them to give them some umph and bring in your colors.
Post # 13
@Tbblount: this is a minor detail. The chairs are fine. Roll with it. You are marrying your fiancé and that’s really all that matters. I mean, crushed??
Post # 14
@adoc86: i guess they never really need to store them because it is the top floor dining room when a reception taking place.
Post # 15
@Tbblount: my mom wanted to rent chairs for my wedding also.
i told her it wasn’t worth the expense.
i’m going to tell you that, i cannot remember what a single chair looked like from any event i attended.
the chairs are neutral, they will blend in and everything will be fine.
i know you like the look. and yes, it does change things, but not worth the hassle.
i know those pods are a lot of money.
Post # 16
@Tbblount: Hey–I was thinking that the chairs you’ll have to use would lend themselves to some themes, but not others so much. And then you gave YOUR theme and sheZam! I actually think that those chairs fit in well!
They are a richly colored wood and remind me of a yacht. A navy color theme is strong, simple and handsome, kind of like these chairs. Truly, I think they fit your theme and I would NOT gussy them up with frou-frou chair ribbons.