Post # 1
So our reception venue has ugly ugly chairs. They are dark brown banquet chairs. In the venue they aren’t so awful because of the coloring, but with our colors (Platinum, Light Pink, Ivory) I think they’ll look bad. Our venue offered to rent and put on chair covers/sashes for $3.50 a piece. I think $500 for chair covers is insane, but I was considering it.
However, I’ve found somewhere I can get chair covers for under $2.00. We are planning on putting pintuck runners on the tables so would the chairs look weird with no sash? If we bring our own we have to put them on ourselves and I think the covers would be easy but the sashes may take some time and pintuck ones are harder to find and not cheap (as much as the chair covers or more).
Let me know what you think!
Post # 3
I am slightly biased, because we are using chair covers with sashes for our ceremony chairs, so I say go for it. Our venue charges an insane amount, so we ordered them online for much much cheaper and will resale everything after the wedding. I think they make the ceremony look much nicer with the chair covers and sashes. 🙂
Post # 4
I think they’d look totally fine with no sash. I’d save the extra $1.50/chair. I’f you decide yuo really want the sashes, I’d consider springing for the venue’s deal rather than having to deal with tying them on yourself.
Post # 5
What color will the chair covers be?
Post # 6
OMG I had the SAME problem, except our chairs were BURGANDY!! and my colors did NOT go with burgandy at all!! I was never one who loved chair covers, in fact I didn’t let a lot of things bother me, but these chairs really did. Who puts burgandy chairs in a hall that people rent out?! I think they do it so they can make money on people renting chair covers…
I decided to rent the chair covers with no sashes, to save money. It was $3.50 per chair with the sash and I think we saved a dollar each by not doing the sashes. It really is such a rip off, especially considering that you can BUY chair covers online for around 2 bucks a piece! I know the fee is mostly for cleaning them, but still, it can’t be THAT much!
Normally I’d just say don’t rent anything, nobody will notice, but when you put that much time into making your centerpieces look so pretty, to have something that doesn’t match at all throw it all off is really frustrating. Maybe nobody else will notice, but I was afraid I would!
Post # 7
Platinum, light pink and ivory are basically all neutral colors and will go with anything.
I will preface my remarks by saying that I think chair covers, in the majority of cases, are a waste of money. You have chosen your palette. Why would you want a sea of white to be the one thing that your guests see when they walk into the room?
Once your guests are seated the chairs will not be visible. If you hate then that much you can have your photographer take pics of the table without the chairs.
Post # 8
I voted go for just the chair covers at least because it sounds like it’s really bothering you. But honestly, I don’t think anyone will notice/remember the chairs all that much. If you do decide to cover the chairs, buy them used or from a site like linentablecloth or something so you can resale them after the wedding to get a little $$ back.
Post # 9
Check Craigslist. Our venue wanted to charge us almost $5.50 a chair for cover and sash (upwards of a few hundred dollars..YIKES) so I checked out Craigslist and found a company who did them for a buck a chair. They delivered, set-up and came back to tear down and it cost me $90 total. (Not suggesting your chairs are ugly and you should cover them, just saying you can find a great deal with a little hunting. I found a few of our vendors on CL, who did a phenominal job for wayyyy less)
Post # 10
I’m biased because I’ve known since the age of 13 that when it came time to get married I’d be a crazy person about chairs. I’d cover them, definitely!
But I don’t think anyone will miss the sash. In fact, I heard that sashes can easily get moved out of place and the night progresses and they just end up looking messy.
Post # 11
To be honest, I’ve been to 15 weddings in the past two and a half years, including my own, and I don’t remember even a little bit what any of the chairs looked like, except ours because of photos.
I totally get that you want it to look nice for your wedding and your photos, and I’m with you. I just wanted to encourage you not to let this decision stress you out or put you totally over budget.
That said, I think the chairs would look fine with covers, sans sashes.
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! The chair covers would be ivory as well as the linens, with a pink pintuck runner. The venue is really pretty and has a lot going on so I really don’t think it would be a ‘sea of white’. I agree I don’t remember anyone’s chairs from a wedding but I just feel like seeing a picture in our venue with vs without chair covers it looks so much better.
If anyone has pictures of chair covers no sashes I’d appreciate it, I just want to make sure they look okay. If the venue had the pintuck sashes I think I’d do that, but they don’t so they either wouldn’t match or I need toget them on my own so to save $$ and the time I’d rather not do sashes.
Post # 13
You could also try asking the venue for pictures of receptions they’ve hosted, specifically examples with and without the chair covers. Our reception venue had a photo album of past events, so it was helpful to see all the different options. Perhaps yours has something like that as well.
We went without chair covers at the reception… the chairs were dark green and the wedding colors were blue and silver. The chairs totally blended in with the carpeting and the pictures came out just fine.
Post # 14
Have you called around to see how much chairs would be to rent? Maybe you could rent a nice sivler chair to match your scheme. But, in all honesty the chairs probably will blend in.
Post # 15
Us too! I ended up buying taffeta sashes in platinum online, and will just re-sell them after the wedding.
Post # 16
I totally understand the idea that you want it all gorgeous.
However, before I planned my wedding, and after I had it, I do not remember most things from the weddings of my friends and family. They dont care, only you do.
If it bothers you that much and is worth the money, go for it. But do it for you, not for your guests