ugly ugly chairs

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I feel your pain, my ceremony venue has really ugly chairs! Unless there’s a chair nazi at your wedding I’m sure it will be fine! Everywhere else will look great so it will take away from the look of the chairs. But, here are some inexpensive ideas I found if you really want to do something:




Post # 4
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hmmmm, maybe try to cover them with a burlap type material? Something like this…

Post # 5
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Although something like this would cover it more

Post # 6
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

I like the ribbon idea.  I think that could work with those chairs.

Post # 7
3519 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If I were in your shoes, I wouldn’t bother spending the $60 on the chairs; I’d do something to draw the eye up.  Paper lanterns overhead, tissue paper garlands, etc.  I had a very similar theme–rustic, wooden gazebo in a park–and I made a paper lantern cluster that became the focal point for some of the best pictures.  No one paid any attention to the standard picnic tables.

Plus, with 50 people, you won’t need more than 7-8 of those tables, so it will be less crowded and much less noticeable.

Post # 8
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

@Aelie:  me and FI had a run of about 5 weddings that we went to last year… and although i could tell you what every Bride was wearing, what the buttonholes were like, what the venue looked like and what the themes were – i couldnt even start to tell you what the chairs were like. i cant even remember whether they had covers on or not!!

although i do LOVE the ribbon idea that orchidaloha posted a pic of, i wouldnt worry too much about it, your theme sounds lovely – casual with your rustic/county elements – i would worry that you would draw more attention to them and make them ‘off-theme’ by prettying the chairs up.

spend the $60 elsewhere 🙂

Post # 10
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Aelie:  We were going to do ribbon on the back of the chairs because we were too cheap to rent nicer ones. Honestly, no one will remember the chairs! Just dress them up if you want to, but don’t stress about it. 🙂

Post # 11
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What about renting or borrowing long wooden benches?  Perhaps there is a communtiy center near you that would rent them to you for a low price?  This would save you from having to rent multiple chairs and add to the rustic theme.  Although I’m not sure if this could be done for $60, but just an alternative idea to chairs 🙂

Post # 12
1984 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wouldn’t worry about it… as soon as people get there, no one will notice the chairs

Post # 14
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Love the ribbons idea, and the distracting thing on the ceiling idea!

Post # 15
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Aelie:  A few points;

your budget is about $1 per chair- there is no way you are going to get ribbon to tie on the backs of the chairs for that price

burlap slipcovers would be incredibly itchy for anyone with a sleeveless or lower back dress. They look great but not so practical. Ditto the burlap sashes.

as pp’s have aready said, no one will remember or care about the chairs

If they are really rusty you could do little slipcovers of a fabric that would work with your colors. You can go to the clearance section of the fabric store and see what’s there. These are a simple sewing project, just sew on 3 sides and turn right side out.

I have even just used fabric glue or fusing strips when I found placemats that were the right size ( all the edges were finished.) You do not have to round the edges to fit your chairs.

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