Will people actually notice that the chairs are ugly?

posted 2 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Do I need chair covers?
    Yes : (21 votes)
    31 %
    No : (46 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 2
    8678 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I don’t remember what the chairs looked like at my own wedding. As long as they keep my butt off the floor, I don’t care what they look like.

    Post # 3
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2

    People will notice briefly but won’t remember if that makes sense 🙂

    Post # 4
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    People will notice but probably won’t care. You might care when looking back at pictures though. 

    Post # 5
    1719 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yes, people will notice. The people who do notice don’t usually say anything about it, though. 

    If you’ve bothered to decorate the tables, it’s best to get chair covers. From a decorating point of view, it doesn’t make sense to leave dozens, possibly even hundreds, of ugly chairs undecorated when they will be around every single table — tables that have nice linens and centerpieces. It looks unfinished, and it takes away from the work that was done to make things look nice. 

    Unlike many of the other heavily decorated places and items in weddings, chairs will be seen much more than anything else, used more than anything else, and will be in most of the wedding pictures. 

    If you care at all about the look of your wedding, and renting/buying the covers won’t cost too much money, it’s best to cover the chairs. Even the plainest chair covers make a big difference, so you don’t have to get anything elaborate if you don’t want to. 

    What matters the most isn’t what other people think, though. When you look at your wedding pictures, do you want to see dozens of ugly, green chairs all over the place? If you think you might regret not covering the chairs, go ahead and cover them. It will most likely be well worth the money. 

    Post # 6
    710 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Rhopalocera:  that’s very interesting.  I made a similar post and everyone told me to forget chair covers 

    Post # 7
    1719 posts
    Bumble bee

    gamerlover:  I didn’t see your post, unfortunately. I would have suggested chair covers. 

    I don’t think all chairs used at weddings need to be covered, but the majority of them just aren’t nice to look at. Like I mentioned above, when you’ve bothered to decorate the table, it’s best that the chairs look good too.

    I see why some people think it’s better to save the money and put it towards something else, but to me it’s a matter of finishing the job. If you dress up the table, dress up the chairs or rent nicer ones. They’re a set, so they should both be decorated in a similar or complementary fashion or look nice on their own. 

    Post # 8
    1208 posts
    Bumble bee

    I vote chair covers, but I’m very detail oriented. To me leaving banquet chairs naked kind of says “yeah, this is where I stopped caring.” But im the kind of person that cares about those things. Lots of people don’t care and that’s totally cool! In the end it comes down to a) if you even care, and b) your budget. But whatever you choose, do what YOU’RE comfortable with.

    Post # 9
    498 posts
    Helper bee

    Is it possible to see pictures of previous weddings in the same venue? Then you could get an idea of whether the chairs are too noticable.  I don’t really notice chairs at weddings … only if they’re uncomfortable! 

    Post # 10
    3016 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

    No they won’t notice. Forest green conference chairs are very different from metal folding chairs (in which case I would have voted YES).

    Don’t spend the money. People care about food, booze, your dress, and the music. Everything else is irrelevant.

    Post # 11
    1244 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I generally think wedding chair covers are ugly so I say skip them. If someone does notice the chairs, it’s not like they’ll care or remember beyond that moment. 

    Post # 12
    373 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I think wedding chair covers feel annoying when I sit in them and make the room look mummified. Conference chairs already look like decent chairs that you might find in a nice restaurant; it’s not like they are battered metal folding chairs with paint droplets.

    Post # 13
    3653 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think that venues buy the ugliest looking chairs on the market, on purpose, and then make a killing renting-out chair covers. I’m assuming they match the color scheme of the room – walls and carpeting?

    My daughter is renting semi-fitted chair covers (sashes match the color of the overlays she borrowed, from a friend) for less than $4 each. Some companies have ridiculus prices, though. The conference chairs are a heather blue, which doesn’t match the room at all (black and white marble, gold accents), and the wedding colors are black, gold and white, so they would stick out, colorwise.

    Post # 14
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I second the PP who said to look for pictures of weddings at your venue without chair covers.  I was having a similar dilemma (to use the ugly chairs that came with the venue or upgrade to prettier chairs). I found pictures of weddings that used the ugly chairs and realized that they would bug me in pictures from our wedding.  While any chairs work for seating purposes, you don’t want to see something you consider ugly in your photos!

    So I vote for chair covers or renting other chairs.  Check prices.  For me, renting pretty chairs was cheaper than covers!

    Post # 15
    42157 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think chair covers look worse than the chairs, in most cases. Brides stress out about, plan, execute and spend $$$ on table linens and centerpieces, then surround them with a sea of white chair covers that overwhelms the decor.

    It is only the wedding industry that has convinced  brides that they need chair covers. The fanciest, most expensive fund raising balls, formal banquets etc  are all held in the same venues and no one would dream ofh using cair covers in those cases.

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