Post # 1
So when we booked our venu they said that they could accomodate 200+ people.
We tried to keep our guest list smaller with an end game of 175 accepting and attending….well the guest list grew a little bit and now its looking like 200 people will rsvp yes…..
I let the venue know about this possible increase, even though its MONTHS away. I was then informed that they only have 180 chairs and will have to rent the remaining 20 chairs so there will be mismatched chairs…..they offered to pay for the rental of the chairs.
maybe im tired, maybe its been a long week but that really annoyed me. They said they could accomodate over 200 people, but they dont actually have chairs for all of them?!?? The chairs that they have are these really nice dark wood chairs, so any kind of rental chair will be sevetely mismatched and too casual.
I partially want to pull the bride card and make sure we get some nice rental chairs out of it so that way we can at least use them for the wedding party and sweetheart table……my OCD is not happy about having two types of chairs in the room. The 20 or so chairs that wont match will stick out like a sore thumb unless we try to make it look intentional and pretty….
any ideas? would anyone else be annoyed by this?
Post # 2
They can accommodate 200 people and they do have chairs for them, it is just that they have to use other chairs. As far as I can tell they have done nothing wrong.
Honestly no one but you will notice. And if it is a big deal to you then find another venue that can provide 200+ of the same chair.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
No one will notice. I really wouldn’t worry about this.
Post # 4
j_jaye: I never said they did anything wrong just said I was annoyed by this. Would have thought they would have mentioend this in one of the many oncversations we’ve been having with them since October last year.
Post # 5
Footballwife: My interpretation of “our venue can accommodate 200+ people” means the venue has more than 200 chairs and enough tables and I think you are right to be upset. Accommodating means having people confortably sitting and unless it is mentioned that “we however do not have enough chairs for those 200+ people” then it would have been clear from the beginning and you would have made an informed decision. Either by inviting a lesser number or looking for another venue.
But I don’t think the comment made by another bee that you should look for another venue is fair since this was not explained to you from the beginning and had it been explained you would have made a decision on what to do earlier. There isn’t a lot of time now to be looking for another venue so I think your idea of having the different chairs on the Bridal Party tables might be best. To make sure they do not clash too much just put the same chairs on the same table so that it is not too mixed. Have you seen the chairs they will be renting yet? Would you consider chair covers if the chairs are awful?
Best of luck on this!!
Post # 6
Keke84: Thank you! I am glad im not alone in feeling annoyed with this. They are the white folding “garden” chairs. Very casual. The chairs that they have in the country club are a dark brown wooden chair, very nice and very formal. I am hoping they can find some way to rent us some wooden chairs in a similar colors so its not as obvious. I know in the scheme of things this really isnt an issue. My marriage wont mean any less because we didnt have matching chairs at our reception. They didnt even tell us until I asked about seating chart and where the extra 2 tables would go. I asked if the extra two tables would mess it up and crowd the dancefloor too much and thats when she informed me that they wouldnt have enough chairs. It was all very strange and left me feeling a bit perturbed.
Post # 7
I would be annoyed if there were two different kinds of chairs, especially if they are very different. I also would have assumed they had 200+ chairs if I was told they could accommodate 200 people.
Have you already asked them to rent chairs that are the same? If not, I definitely would. I don’t think it’s “pulling the bridal card” at all.
As silly as it sounds, chairs were one of the things that I paid attention to when we were touring venues. I didn’t need very fancy chairs but I also didn’t want folding chairs so I would have been disappointed if this happened to me.
Post # 8
It sounds like a Chivari chair and if they can’t get the same ones, that’s a little odd.
I know you don’t want to because it’s supposed to fall on the venue but because it’s important to you — Why don’t you do some research and see if you can locate a rental co locally who has the chairs?
Post # 9
Footballwife: In my opinion when they say they can accomodate over 200 people that includes chairs for those people. You need to insist that they find chairs that match. Or better yet, find a company that has the chairs that match and send them the links. More than likely they are renting the non matching chairs because they’re cheaper but that’s not really your problem. You booked this venue under the impression they could accomodate 200 people and they are failing to deliver.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I promise you no one will notice what the chairs look like. Don’t worry about this – save your stress for bigger issues!!
Post # 11
Footballwife: Now that means they will really be noticeable if they are that different. I know people say don’t stress about it but to be honest if one paid money for something and they are getting something different which is also substandard, that in itself is stressing and annoying. I agree with fellow bees that perhaps you should try to find a place that can rent the chairs that are almost the same and send their contacts to the venue. It is their mess and they have to fix it in a way that will satisfy you. I really feel your pain dear. It may seem small but it is madness in my opinion.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I agree this seems like something they should mention up front and I would be annoyed too, but my ceremony venue says it can accomidate 120 people…but they have NO chairs. So you quickly find out it’s going to cost you almost double to rent all the chairs along with the space. I also had my reception venue tell me they would handle all the linens and set up only to be told later on that they would NOT be doing that and how could I possibly think that they would do such a thing…It all worked out in the end but things like this just seem to happen when planning a large event.
It happens…it’s annoying yes, but like most people said already no one really notices. At least they’re not sticking you with the cost of renting them! I would hope they can at least get chairs that complement the ones they provide.
Post # 13
OMGMrsW2B: IzzyBear: The’re actually not a rental chairs whatsoever. The country club is using their normal dining chairs. They are solid wood, as are the tables so nothing is a rental……except for the remaining 20 chairs we need.
This picture might help my frustration LOL since you’ll see how hard it will be to match these chairs and not be obvious.
Post # 14
I’m thinking you like the chairs and want them to be seen so chair covers on everything isn’t an option?
Could you get rental chairs for the bridal party and sweetheart table and put some chair covers over those only?
Post # 15
Footballwife: I would request that they rent brown chiavari chairs. They still won’t match exactly but they’ll look closer than the white folding chairs. Like another poster said, you could use the rented chairs for the the wedding party members and then it will look more like it was planned…or at least not so random.