Post # 1
oops, wedding date is 9-25-2012, not 2005.
Hi guys, I am the maid of honor for my lovely sister, who isn’t really into party planning/crafty stuff like her awesome little sister 🙂
I am planning a wedding for not one, two, or three, BUT OVER 600 guests and that’s cutting it down to about HALF. LITERALLY, this wedding could have been over 1,000 people, but seriously who does that? Kim Kardashian didn’t even do that.
Anyway, she’s going for a very classy/elegant wedding with hints of Asian accents. Her colors are going to be lots of white, light gold, and accents of red (bridesmaid dresses/centerpieces, ect.)
Here’s my question, we absolutely love the Chivari chairs. However, at 5 dollars a piece plus set up fee for 600 chairs, it’s be bit RI-DONK-U-LOUS. Would it be weird if only the wedding party/ family tables (which will be long rectangular tables) only had them while the other guests (round tables) had white chair covers with gold sashes?
Has anyone done this before?
Oh yeah since there will be a 7 course dinner, people will be spending a lot of time in the chairs, until after when we will all be dancing the night away until the early morning. EEEEEK love weddings!
Post # 3
How fun! It sounds like this will be a blast!
Honestly, I would go with the same chairs for everyone. If anything, just change the sash cover.
But unless the venue already has the chair, chair cover, and sash, see how much those three things would cost to rent. If you have to rent all of those anyway, you might as well get the Chivari chairs. 🙂
Post # 4
I love chiavari chairs and we had them at our wedding too so I understand where you are coming from.
To answer your question, I think mismatched chairs looked great (a la mismatched yet cohesive bridemaid dresses). Howerver, in this instance, you are just choosing two different chair types and personally, I think it will look disjointed. I would go all or nothing.
Is there a cocktail hour? Perhaps you can use chaivari chairs for the seated areas during cocktail hour since you usually only provide a small percentage of seating for the total number of guests during that time.
Post # 5
TBH, I think the chairs should be uniform. If going all chiavari is too expensive (600 chairs @ $5 a chair + set-up/break-down fees = CRAZY) then look for a way to jazz up some cheaper, standard chairs.
Good luck. Planning a wedding for 600 guests sounds intense!
Post # 6
i LOOOOVe chivari chairs but can’t stomach the price. Actually, $5 is a steal…around here, it’s 9-13 depending on the place!!! I agree they are gorgeous and I wish I could afford them, but I think in the grand scheme of things……no one except you and the bride will remember the chairs 🙂 I recommend save on the chairs and splurge on something else.
Post # 7
WOW over 600? We had 165 and it already felt like 165 chivari chairs was way too much money that I spent on the wedding. What do the alternative chairs look like?
Post # 8
I wouldn’t have two different styles of chairs. It may come off as a bit elitist.
Personally, I don’t think chivari chairs are all that comfortable anyhow. They look great, but to me it ends there.
Post # 9
I love the chiavaris too, and I think the “mismatched” look would be totally fine if the chiavaris were white to match the other chairs. (In fact, I may steal that idea!) I also love PP’s idea to use chiavaris in the cocktail area–they’ll be more noticeable that way because not a lot of people sit down during cocktails, and it’ll help make your cocktail area look unique compared to your dinner area. Also, for a 7-course dinner, I think people will appreciate comfortable chairs over prettier ones!
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! I’m still waiting on a few vendors about the price quote on the chairs, I’m seeing if they will give me a discount since we want to rent such a large amount, but if not we are purchasing chair covers/sahes because there is no way we are using the chairs as is (cost comes out to about half of the chivari chairs). My parents say no one notices, but I am the type of person to notice and it would bug me for life if my sister has ugly chairs on her wedding day. BHAHAHA. I’m also a little obsessed with detail and how pictures turn out.
In my experience, the chair covers are kinda awkward and not that comfortable, I’ve only sat in a chivari for a few minutes, but I felt fine and my posture was great! haha.
OH YEAH! The ceremony part will only be about 100 people so maybe I’ll rent out the chairs for that instead? OHH YAH.
I don’t know if it’s because we’re Asian, but in my experience the older folks don’t show up to the ceremony, they consider the reception the wedding. haha.