Post # 1
*It’s pronounced “Uck!”
I was just thinking about this as I spent yet another day trying to decide what venue to choose. One venue I really like, but they have the most ooglay reception chairs (my sister is particularly hung up on this fact – she noticed the chairs before I did, and brings them up whenever I mention this venue).
I’m not necessarily going to let something like chairs make or break my decision, but it got me thinking. Why does just about every venue have bad casino carpets and curtains and chairs that look like they were made with whatever material was left over after your grandmother’s couch was reupholstered?
Who orders these chairs and carpets and says, “Oh, yes, let’s do that style, it’s lovely and versatile”? (Or, for you Big Lebowski fans, “That rug really ties the room together.”) Is it a conspiracy to get people to pay for chair covers or chiavari chairs? Are there obscure municipal codes that require every restaurant and banquet hall to have chairs in repulsive colors and dated patterns before they can get a liquor license?
Post # 3
Yes. I believe this. Actually the uglier the cheaper for the venue – they probably don’t care how much people charge for chair covers. I’m also irritated with the ugly red/burgundy/blah chairs. WHO DOES THAT?!? Lol
Post # 4
I’m sure there is a rule, just like with hotels. I think these choices are designed to be “clever” ways of hiding dirt from everyday use.
Well…. chairs and floors can be covered….for a price. I would consider doing so if I just HAD to have the venue but the floor was just hideous.
Post # 5
I know. It’s terrible.
I’ve been a wedding sales manager/coordinator in hotels & resorts for almost a decade.
And you’re right 🙂
I think it’s usually a combo of cost + durability. Venues don’t get much capital funding to buy stuff like that very often. So they buy something that is durable, easy to find (so if they need to replace the most broken items in inventory they can still get it) and easy to repair (hence the hideous carpets… the patterns are often so whacked they can cut a patch out where a hole or stain is and replace it).
Rental companies on the other hand, get money for that kind of stuff each time someone does business with them. Which is why their stuff is typically more current and contemporary. Plus, it’s used for a few hours a week as opposed to daily like many hotels.
I’m not saying I agree, but I know why 🙂
All that said… I am SOOOOOOOOO happy my general manager ordered me mahogany colored METAL chiavari chairs with permanent cushions. The same look, but durability and now my brides don’t have to rent them or covers 🙂
I also got new deep green patterned carpet that blends into the background. It’s not hideous but it should still last. yay!
Post # 6
@thewheelsonthebus: That actually makes a lot of sense. Infuriating, but completely practical. *grumble*
I’m one of those people who thinks chiavari chairs really makes a room look outstanding…but I’m also one of those people who would rather spend $8 per person on other things. Sigh.
Post # 7
@GreenGables: What about covering them? I’m sure there is some way to inexpensively do this. Especially if you have say….a wonderful seamstress who loves you? Then you can self adorn them with bows or whatever in any colour you like.
Post # 8
One place I really liked had this room he thought would be beautiful by painting bright yellow. It looked hideous!
Post # 9
That is exactly the reason my daughter and her new husband chose a botanical garden for their reception. They had the reception outdoors, but the venue also had a very nice indoor space (no carpeting!) in case of rain.
Post # 10
Omg I never realized how much the chairs ruin the room! I have the burgundy chairs with the brassy rim. Chair covers for me….ugh.
Post # 11
@Tunacupcakes: On balance, if I had to choose between ugly chairs and chair covers, I’d probably take the ugly chairs. I’ve never liked the look of chair covers…
It’s just a shame that standard reception chairs are always so damn lurid.
Post # 12
I looked at Ugly Carpet venues and ultimately ended up going with a carpetless venue because I could not get over it. Ugly chairs on the other hand can at least be covered or changed easily enough (not inexpensively enough unfortunately)
Post # 13
Personally, I can’t believe the energy that is wasted worrying about the color of the chairs. Less than 5% of the upholstery will show once the people are sitting in the chairs.
I would rather have burgundy or dusty rose banquet chairs than that horrendous sea of white you get with chair covers. And don’t try to convince me they look good. If so, why do brides then go on to try to cover up part of the seat covers with sashes?
Post # 14
I’m having such a hard time with my venue because it is PERFECT save for ugly banquet chairs. The chandeliers are killer and all of the other spaces, including the carpets are just beautiful, but the chairs, oh the chairs.
It really is a conspiracy.
Post # 15
My venue has an ugly carpet
I’m hoping that once the dance floor, tables and chairs are all set up, the floor will be less noticeable!
Post # 16
I’m pretty sure they do that so you have to spend more money covering everything up. I noticed that whenever I visited a venue. I’d say I didn’t like their chairs and they’d always offer me 3 different options they had on hand that I could rent for more money. Why not just use the nice chairs from the start and include that in the cost of the room and save us both some trouble?