Post # 1
I just met with my wedding coordinator and my grandma, and they were both pushing me to rent chair covers and sashes for $500, which was something I was adamant that I didn’t want. Apparently I don’t understand the cardinal rules of wedding decor because I was told that I need to change my color scheme from bright pink and white to a color that would match the chairs. The only decor I was planning on adding to the venue was flower centerpieces. I figured I’d just use white tablecloths, white or black napkins, and some pretty pink and white flower centerpieces. They both disagreed when I said that no one would even notice the chairs because people would be either sitting in them or have suit jackets on the back, etc.
The worst part? Now that I’m looking at photos I’m second-guessing myself thinking I want them. My grandma offered to pay for them, and the offer is non-transferable (I can’t take the offered money for them and put it elsewhere in the budget).
My venue with covers:
A not-so-good picture of the burgandy and gold naked chairs:
Post # 3
@gettin_marrid: I bet most bees here will disagree, but I’m totally with you on the “nobody will notice” thought. NO ONE is going to walk into your wedding and go “No chair covers? This is terrible.” But then again, I’m doing pretty minimal decorations, other than centerpieces, too. I’d save the money (or grandma’s money!).
Post # 4
I had this same dilemma, and to be perfectly honest… I changed my color scheme. BUT I actually was considering changing it anyways, so it was kinda the final thing that made me go “okay, lets find new colors.” Having said that (and wanting to be totally honest) I cant remembr ANY chair color/design/whatever from any wedding ive ever attended. I remember the tables, centerpeices, etc.. people dont look at them long enough to notice if they don “fit” perfectly with your color scheme. i would say dont waste your (or your grandmothers) money! 🙂
Post # 5
I don’t think you need them, especially if you have to change your colour scheme in order to have chair covers (did I read that right??)
I agree that people don’t really notice the chairs once they’re in them – some people will notice them when the room is entirely empty, if you have an eye for that sort of stuff. I guess it depends how much you care what others think! Maybe a couple guests will notice but most will not give a damn, IMO. I’ve never noticed or cared, honestly.
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I do like the look of chair covers.. but that’s totally my personal preferance.
Can you purchase the chair covers yourself instead or renting? I purchased 100 chair covers for $185.. and I’ll be able to sell them after the wedding.
Post # 7
I like chair covers. I am on a budget and I found that you can purchase most table linens/chair covers for less than you can rent. http://www.tableclothsfactory.com/ or http://www.linentablecloth.com. You might be able to resell them like PP said.
Post # 8
Since you guys like chair covers – do you think I could find better quality online or are most chair covers basically the same? I’m looking at some of my venue’s photos and the white fabric is see-through and I can still see the banquet chair pattern anyway! Plus they look like they don’t fit, and the seams don’t line up with the chair edges. I’m wondering if I would get more of the same online or if I might be able to fit them better. Have either of you used the universal kind that you tie together and liked those?
Post # 9
@gettin_marrid: I think you are going to be the only one to notice the pattern coming through TBH. Maybe the flash or lighting is causing it to show up more in the photos? I am waiting for my covers to arrive so I will let you know once I try them on a chair (I’m covering folding chairs myself). I just ordered two to test them out and if I like the fit I’m going to order the rest. They sell them for many different types of chairs so you can get a good fit. Maybe those were rented and weren’t an exact fit.
You could go try to work in black covers if you are really worried about a little see through.
I haven’t used the universal ones, but I saw one tied up on a chair when I went to check on tent rentals and it looked kind of bulky. That might of been a bad tie job.
Post # 10
@gettin_marrid: Not sure how the fitting works with banquet chair covers, I purchased the universal chair covers because we are having folding chairs, and I was in the thought school that they might be easier to sell since they are supposed to fit all chairs.
Your chairs should look something like this with them :
Practice probably does help when tying them, though.
Post # 11
Oh the poll isnt helping at the mo with 6 even 😉 I would go with the chair covers but not those chair covers…your right they dont really look like they fit? I hired chair overs for our venue and they looked so pretty on the day. I also didnt want covers but the chairs the venue had were blue…I had an autumn theme so it wasnt fitting with the gold/dark red kinda theme.
I would also look into what it would cost to hire white chairs instead of the covers. They are much simpler and could work out at the same cost as hiring covers and sashs. Otherwise there are chair covers you can hire that are a different fabric – more of a lycra? they seem to sit a bit better on the rounded chairs 🙂
Post # 12
those chair covers are so dated. For an extra dollar u can rent beautiful chavari chaise and the venue would look so elegant!!
Post # 13
I wouldnt notice sitting on the uncovered chairs, but I would definately notice sitting on chairs covered as badly as they are in that photo. If yours would look like that Id go no covers. I hate feeling the covers move and bunch when I sit anyway.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
I know what you feel like, but I’m coming from the opposite direction. The chairs at my venue are hideous – brown and grey and really really worn, like fraying in places. I’m certain no-one will notice them on the day, and people keep telling me they won’t, and I’m trying to get used to it because there’s nothing in the budget for chair covers. Haha, would your grandma like to pay for my chair covers as a compromise?
And to be fair, I did stick my head in the venue to have a quick nose when it was set up for a wedding before the guests had arrived, and despite being particularly bothered about the chair covers, I couldn’t remember if they’d put them on the chairs for that wedding ten minutes after leaving the building! So yeah, I think you would be fine without.
Post # 15
@gettin_marrid: I’m pretty indifferent to chair covers. I think it depends on the venue. However, at the end of the day, it’s your choice. You need to ask yourself “when I get my pro photos back, will it bother me to have them/not have them”. You’re right, no one is going to care when they’re at your wedding, however you’ll have the photos forever. We had to make some changes on the day of for my wedding (it was raining), and there are still a couple things that I would have liked to be different when I look at the pictures.
I’d say go for it, if your grandma is willing to pay for them. They’re not an added expense for you, and it might help to pull the room together. However, at the end of the day, do what’s going to make you happiest!
Post # 16
I generally hate and despise chair covers… But if you’re going for a hot link theme I think that will really clash against the maroon 🙁 if the chairs were a more neutral colour you’d be fine but it’s just unfortunate!