Post # 1
I just received an email from my venue stating that they are planning to upgrade to chivlari chairs and doing away with their white wooden chairs (in the reception area). They said to email them if there were any complaints. I emailed immediately, as the chivalri chairs are mahogany and do not match my Tiffany blue and white theme–with hints of black. They emailed me a response stating that I will be notified if they end up converting to the chivalri chairs. I am in the process of moving, so my contract is packed up. I am not sure if the contract specifies the chair style and color. I thought that if they moved to the brown chairs, I should insist that I be offered chair covers free of charge. Does that seem reasonable, or am I being ridiculous? The only tablecloth color they offer is black, so I added on a white overlay. Therefore, the brown doesn’t match at all.
Post # 3
Not to start a debate but mahogany could really compliment the tiffany blue…as for the black linen. If they insist on changing the chair color, perhaps they can rent white linen complimentary since they changed things mid-contract?
No you are not being unreasonable.
Post # 4
I am just hoping they are willing to budge somewhere…the white linen is a good idea.
Post # 5
It is not unreasonable to want the chairs that were presented at the time you signed the contract. But honestly, nobody but you is going to notice the chairs anyway so don’t stress.
Post # 6
I have mixed feelings on this. I think it’s a problem if you specifically discussed chair color as an issue when you met with them. I can understand why that level of detail wouldn’t be in a contract, but their staff also shouldn’t promise something they can’t deliver even if it’s not a matter of the contract. So, in that, I think you have a right to try and get some concessions out of them. Try to keep it focused on making things like they promised you – either chair covers or the linen colors. Basically, present a reasonable compromise solution and they will likely go along with it or comp you something.
On the other hand, venues do have to upgrade supplies at some point. If they held on to the chairs just for your wedding, they still have to store them and manage them until your specific event while they are trying to upgrade the rest of their stock for every other bride and/or event they host. So, reality, it’s just a fact of life. In this case, they need to make sure their staff make clear that as inventory changes, what they can accomplish may change, too.
I think if you go in with a reasonable request and maybe throw in to the conversation that part of the reason you either picked them or picked the decor for your wedding was based on what they told you upfront, you’ll likely get them to work with you.
However, as others have said, if they don’t, don’t let it stress you out before the wedding. Guests really won’t notice, and they won’t clash with the colors you mentioned. Now, if you want to make note of their unwillingness to work with you on a situation they created if they made you a promise about white chairs in online reviews, well, that’s fair game. 😉
Post # 7
I’d probably go for trying to get them to change the table linens. Although I’d be upset, as you are, about the change..chiavari chairs are technically an upgrade and I’d want to try to incorporate them instead of putting covers over them. But I don’t think you’re being unreasonable either way!