Are Chivari chairs worth the extra $$$

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The country club where our reception will be has rather mundane white chairs. They do offer chair covers and sashes, however my Fiance does not see the need to spend $$ on that. We opted to bring color in with our fresh floral centerpices.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I personally think chiavari chairs look better, but it depends on what your budget is like. Not a fan of chair covers, but again it depends what the budget is like and what the original venue chairs look like. You should put a poll up 🙂

Luckily, our venue comes with chiavari chairs (one of the only venues I found in our area that comes with them!), otherwise they run about $8/chair in our area to rent.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think chiavari chairs are nice, but they are, IMO not worth it. It’s what I consider a ‘wedding scam’. They aren’t really any nicer than these:

Which, at the rental company that we’re using, is half as much as a chiavari. Just my opinion!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love the look of chiavari chairs and think it’s definitely worth the extra money if it’s within your budget.  I’m not a fan of chair covers not only for the appearance but also because I always seem to get my shoes tangled up in the bottom of them and nearly trip myself!  haha

The Fiance and I seriously debated this question, we finally decided to go with the chiavari  chairs because after comparing the prices of: chair rental+chair covers+ sash VS chiavari chairs we determined it was only a couple more dollars(per chair) to upgrade to the chiavari chairs… But definitely shop around to various rental companies and be careful of their annoying delivery/setup/ pickup fees.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I ran into this debate when I was looking at venues too.  I think the chairs are nice, but not worth the extra money.  I would not have paid any extra for it… or chair covers.  I was also looking at $7/chair or $5/cover for 200 people, so if I were to blow another 1k, I would rather have done it on my e-ring!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think they’re worth the extra cost. Really, they’d only be most noticeable in ’empty venue’ photos, as once you put the people in the seats you focus much more on them rather than what they’re sitting in.

I’d rather put the extra $$ toward something that’s more a focal point, but it’s really a personal pinion thing and if you love them, go for it!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are opting for just chair covers, as our chairs are the ugly banquet chairs (thicker cushions in an evergreen color). It’s $2-$3 a cover, vs around $8 for a chivari chair. Yea, I don’t think I can justify $800 worth of chairs…

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

No way. As long as the chairs aren’t metal folding chairs, I doubt the guests will notice or care

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

In my area I found the chivari chairs for $4 per chair with delivery.  My venue chairs are really bad so for me it was worth it.  I think it really depends on the chairs that are free

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I am probably from the same area as @15happyyears because we are also ordering chiavari chairs for $4. Fiance and I tried and tried to be happy with chair covers. . . but we just couldn’t. Our venue is very classy and the chiavari chairs just fit better with the feel we’re trying to create. Since the price was barely more than for chair covers, so we decided it was worth it because we felt so unhappy. I think you should look at your venue  and your budget and assess how you feel about chair covers. If it’s not a big deal to you, save your money or spend on something you care more about.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Weird double post. WB froze on me. . .

 

Hurray for Bees!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I loved our walnut chiavari chairs and it was definitely worth the extra couple of bucks for us! I had heard they were uncomfortable and even though our vendor didn’t deliver the cushions they were still comfy enough for the evening for our guests! No complaints here! If it’s in your budget go for it!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m sucking it up and paying for them.  Any other kind of chair would look weird in our venue.  And there are 200 of them in there after all.  It’s kind of a big part of the look of the reception.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I got chivari chairs too.  I’ve seen the chivari chairs vs. the chairs with covers/sashes and hands down chivari chairs win.  My venue already charges for covers/sashes so I said…why do I  want to pay for something I don’t like?  That’s why I ended up getting the chivari chairs…even thought it is twice the cost. 

The thing is, everytime I go to a venue that has chivari chairs set up…it just gives the room a hugh UMPH!  =)

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