Post # 1
my venue has these chairs and tables. We are going for the rustic/country/cowboy kind of theme, very casual. My dress is made out of eylet cotton, so nothing sparkly or fancy. We will have mason jar lanterns on tables and baby pumpkins, no real centerpieces. The cake will be pies 😀
SO my question is, what do I do with these rusty ugly chairs? My budget is pretty much gone, if anything I could spare no more than $60 on something to do with the chairs. Do I even bother?
We expect about 50 adults plus some kids. Ideas? I hate chair covers btw. I wish I had enough funds to just rent rustic wooden chairs.
Post # 3
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
Hmmmm, maybe try to cover them with a burlap type material? Something like this…
Post # 5
Although something like this would cover it more
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
I like the ribbon idea. I think that could work with those chairs.
Post # 7
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
- 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 # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Maybe you could try a version of this idea:
With the right materials it could really work for your theme and if you can get the materials cheap it would work with your budget.
Post # 10
@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
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
I wouldn’t worry about it… as soon as people get there, no one will notice the chairs
Post # 13
Thank you guys for all the possitive replies! My FI doesn’t really want to do anything with the chairs, he says they are fine. He is a bit of a redneck though lol
I like the idea of ribbons and the burlap back cover too. I think I will try to see what the ribbons would look like. I don’t mind folding chairs, even the way these look like if they just weren’t so beat up and rusty.
We will have grape wine balls with lights hanging of the ceiling and some strings of christmas lights too so that would draw the attention away from it I think. I am trying not to worry about it but I can’t stop thinking that there is something I can do.
Post # 14
Love the ribbons idea, and the distracting thing on the ceiling idea!
Post # 15
@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.
Post # 16
@julies1949: ahh you are right, forgot ribbon can be expensive :/ Sewing anything won’t be a problem as I sew clothes for my kids all the time. I could find some discounted cotton and use that for the back covers. That would be actually cheaper than the burlap as that is more per yard. Or maybe I could use chifon to wrap the backs lke in this picture but not as long. I am ordering chifon to make my petticoat so I could use the same color and would get it for about $1.50per yard. Or would that be too fancy for the chairs?