Post # 1
I have a problem: I have ugly chairs at my reception!
When we booked the venue I really didn’t pay much attention to the chairs as it’s going to be a cocktail reception and at the time I had very different ideas on what my decorations would be.
Now, after deciding that I will be draping some navy blue lace over the white tablecloths, throuwing a gold sequin runner on top of it and decorating the center of my 3 big large tables with heaps of candles of all different sizes and heights, the 3 bridesmaid bouquets in mirrow looking jars and maybe some birdcages or some other type of decoration, I have realised that the chairs will be screaming UGLY and ruining everything 🙁
I’m also having some friends drape the whole balcony and ceiling of the baconny with fairy lights and we will have 3 massive brown leather chesterfield couches outdoors together with high cocktail tables covered with white linen that will be tied with either a gold or blue or red bow (still need to decide which color) and will have some small lanterns with tea light candles as the decoration.
I really can’t afford these ugly chairs to ruuin everything!
I don’t want to spend heaos of money on chair covers but I don’t want them to stay this way.
Does anyone have any ideas regarding what I should do? I’m looking for something reasonably cheap and I don’t mind DIY (most of the wedding is DIY).
Please plase please help me!
Thanks Bees 🙂
Post # 2
I actually don’t think these chairs are bad at all! Are they black or navy? In the pic they look like a blue/black. I think they might actually go perfectly fine with your description of the decor. IF you really want to lighten them up you could wrap them with a large sash in ivory?
Post # 3
Sakari87: if you didn’t pay attention to the chairs– no one else will pay attention to the chairs. Can you remember the chairs at any wedding that you have been to? I dont think those are bad. The chairs for my ceremony are much much worst than these
Post # 4
I feel like a broken record (I say this on a lot of chair threads), but literally no one cares about chairs, and they won’t take away from the decor. Those are actually pretty nice! I was expecting like 70s chic purple plaid. Those are neutral. Chair covers are uncomfortable and dated and a waste of money.
Post # 5
First off, I’ve seen a lot worse…. secondly – chairs do set a tone. (I care about chairs, there are so many in a room, you WILL notice them and they DO set a tone). thirdly- don’t do chair covers. You can do better… what if you chose a ribbon that matches your colour scheme and did something like this: http://www.weddingchicks.com/2012/08/23/chair-decor-for-your-wedding/ A ribbon bow around the back – maybe a garland of vines with a Mr. & Mrs. sign around yours – would add a lot of atmosphere!
Post # 6
i will reiterate what PPs have said. don’t waste money on covering your chairs. no one is going to care or remember what they look like. they are neutral and people are going to be sitting on them. save your money.
Post # 7
You know people say that if you wear a long dress, it really doesn’t matter what your shoes look like because no one will see them?Same concept. Those chairs will be covered by your wonderful family and friends. 🙂
Post # 8
I will notice way more if a chair is uncomfortable (which is almost always when a chair cover or ribbon gets put on a chair) than if it perfectly matches the decor. Those are just standard banquet hall chairs, they could be like neon orange or something and then it might be bad. But considering most of the time there will be a person in said chairs, don’t sweat that. Instead of wasting money on chair covers or whatever, buy more booze or food to make people happy, and that is something they will remember. Not that the chairs were a different shade than the table cloth.
Post # 9
These chairs won’t be screaming anything! They are quite neutral, are they navy? They seem to match your colors.
Post # 10
The chairs are ok, but I know what you mean. I thought the same thing about the chairs at my venue which looked a lot like yours. I didn’t cover them for the ceremony but I did for the reception, and do you know what? I didn’t even notice! If you really don’t like them I suggest you pay for the chair covers but shop around you may get a deal and maybe you can find a place that just rents them and you can set them up yourself…IDK
Post # 11
Honestly, I don’t remember what the chairs looked like at a single wedding I’ve ever been to. If it’s really important to you as the bride, can can cover them or decorate them somehow, but don’t worry about your guests noticing!
Post # 12
those chairs will be filled with your family and friends, no one will notice them,least of all you! They really aren’t that bad!
Post # 13
Thanks for your advice.
I guess I’m panicking about the chairs as it’s a cocktail reception, therefore I would expect people to be standing for a good part of the night mingling and chatting. I’m very scared that this way the chairs might be quite “visible”.
I personally hate chair covers and think they are very uncomfortable (I hate not being able to tuck my feet under). I am just very confused on what to do. They are grey so they don’t really tigh in with the color scheme and as much as I’d love to decorate them, I’m not too sure how to do that.
I love the following ideas:
These are all ideasa that would work really well with our decor but unfortunately I can’t see any of these ideas working with those chairs… 🙁
Unfortunately I’m one of those brides that wants everything to be perfect (I’m not a bridezilla by any means, but I do want things to look amazing :)) and I just can’t let go of the chairs… but I don’t want to spend extra money to hire them…
Guess I’ll have to keep looking around 🙂
Thanks a million to everyone who replied 🙂
Post # 14
I totally know how you feel OP. My venue has the same chairs and I hate them. I really want Chiavari chairs but my fiance thinks it’s stupid and a waste of money. All of the cool chair decorations look good on Chiavari chairs, and don’t work so well on basic chairs. And chair covers.. just suck. So I guess I’m probably going to stick with them in the end. Hopefully the PPs are right and people won’t notice them.
Post # 15
FabBride2016: They used 60 yards of ribbon per chair to do that ! hardly what I would call economical.
Sakari87: Like the rest of the Bees, I really dont think you need to do anything.
You didn’t mention how many chairs you are talking about or your budget so it’s hard to be specific.
Chair sashes are inexpensive and so are organza runners, which are a bit wider. You could tie them vertically and spread out the runner to cover more of the chair back.
If you can find a great buy on napkins you like, you can make little slipcovers for just the back of the chair, like the lace ones in your pic, by fabric glueing them together. You could do the same with a larger placemat, folding it in half.
I went to a wedding recently where the bride slipped pillowcases down over the back of the chair and just folded the extra fabric to the inside at the bottom of the back of the chair. You can starch them so they stay straight on the top edge.
looked like this