Help: I have ugly chairs!!!

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

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
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
179 posts
Blushing bee

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:  A ribbon bow around the back – maybe a garland of vines with a Mr. & Mrs. sign around yours – would add a lot of atmosphere!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  FabBride2016.
Post # 6
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
5533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

These chairs won’t be screaming anything! They are quite neutral, are they navy? They seem to match your colors.

Post # 10
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
22125 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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 # 14
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
42166 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


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

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