To Chiavari or not to Chiavari.

posted 3 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Do I splurge on the chiavari chairs?
    Save $ and go with white linens and white folding resin chairs : (48 votes)
    59 %
    Rent the Gold chiavari! White with white is too much white! : (32 votes)
    40 %
    Other - please explain below : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    To me.. Chiavari chars would seem really out of place for a backyard type wedding.

    I would honestly go with the white resin ones.. I don’t think they are all that bad, I actually think they are quite pretty and fit well with the backyard theme.. and save money.

    I’ve also heard that chiavari chairs aren’t all that comfortable, but I can’t confirm that.

    Most people really won’t notice your chairs, as long as they have a place to sit.

    Post # 4
    871 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @LoveLaceandWine:  I def think go for chivari chairs but if you are worried about cost I would do white. Did you already buy the camel linens as well? Could you cut that up and do camel napkins or make sashs for the white chairs? 

    Post # 7
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Ugh, those chiavari chairs!  They are beautiful, and make for nice pics of the reception….but really they’re not comfortable and for the cost I just don’t think they are worth it!  I would have them if they didn’t cost me an extra $400…..but honestly, people won’t pay attention to your chairs.  


    Post # 8
    4638 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I wouldn’t pay for either of those colors of Chiavari. The clear ones are the least offensive, and I think would suit your style of wedding best.

    Post # 9
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’d never spend that much on chairs, we had white table cloth’s and white resin folding chairs for our outdoor wedding last summer and it looked like every other outdoor wedding I’ve ever seen. People sit in the chairs for a very limited amount of time.

    Post # 10
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I do think Chiavari chairs are nice, and the gold would be beautiful, but if you just get the cheap white chairs no one will notice.

    My husband and I went back and forth about chairs and honestly I can’t even remember what chairs we ended up with. I literally have no idea what the chairs at the reception looked like. I just watched our wedding video and scrutinized the decor to see how it all turned out, and I didn’t even think to look at the chairs. At the time, it seemed like a really big decision, something that people would SURELY notice. But no one did. Not even me, the bride.

    If the extra $350 fits easily in your budget, then eh, why not go with the gold chairs – they will add a nice touch. But if that’s stretching your budget AT ALL, or if there is anything else you can think of to use that $350 for, go with the white folding chairs. Don’t do the white chiavari – seems like the worst of both worlds.

    I really, really thought I needed nicer chairs at the reception when I was planning it. I thought everyone was annoying for telling me it wouldn’t matter. But it. did. not. matter. So I vote white folding.

    Post # 11
    6194 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    No one will notice the chairs, and I actually think all white might be nice.

    Post # 13
    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We had gold chivari chairs and I think they made a HUGE difference in the look of our reception. All I hear about is how they are so uncomfortable, but honestly I really don’t get it. I thought they were just as comfortable as any other type of chair. They were pricey, but I have absolutely no regrets… I guess I am one of the weird people that actually notices chairs? LOL

    Here is a pic of my reception table (we just had one long King’s table)

    I think a garden wedding with chivari chairs would look so romantic.

    Post # 14
    22124 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2011

    If it’s important to you and you can afford it, then go for it! I do want to say that out of the 20+ weddings I’ve attended over the last few years, I don’t remember the chairs at any of them, to be honest. 🙂 But I know the guest perspective is always different than the bride perspective! 🙂

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