(Closed) Are mismatched ceremony/reception chairs shambolic or sweet?

posted 5 years ago in Decor
  • poll: What do you think of mismatched ceremony/reception chairs?
    Shambolic : (18 votes)
    35 %
    Sweet : (30 votes)
    58 %
    Other (please explain) : (4 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @FauxBoho:  Normally I’m pretty concerned about matching for this type of theme/wedding as depicted I love mismatching of any kind. Mismatched chairs, decor, plates/cups etc it all lends itself to the overall look rather than distracting the guests.

    Post # 4
    8 posts
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think it depends, if they are similar style / material / color (something that ties them together) then I think it looks sweet & charming, otherwise it can look kind of chaotic if you have metal mixed with plastic mixed with wood…I think neutral colors help too – hope that helped 🙂

    Post # 5
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I think it’s overkill when every single chair out of dozens or hundreds is different, especially when they are very different. There should be some attempt at coordination, in my opinion. 3 unique chairs in a home is much different than 72 unique chairs and benches at an event.

    Post # 6
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    PS I have a huge vocabulary only augmented by knowing Latin and ancient Greek and shambolic is a new word for me. Thank you! I love it!

    Post # 7
    6355 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I don’t know the word “shambolic.” It reminds me of a restaurant beside my high school. The furniture all mismatched because it was all from garage sales and dumpster diving. We thought it was cool when we were in high school. I changed my mind when I saw mice running through the restaurant.

    It also reminds me of my own place when I first moved out on my own. The furniture didn’t match, it was just whatever I had or could get. If I had a party people were sitting on all different kinds of chairs and also some things that weren’t even chairs. It was authentically shabby-chic, I guess, but I got over my taste for shabby-chic quickly (see the mice in the restaurant story above).

    It’s hardly the end of the world if the seats don’t match but it looks more polished and pleasant if they do.

    Post # 8
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee

    On one hand, I think it looks cozy/intimate (like you’re at home). On the other, I think it’s…whatever. Once guests plant their bums in the chairs, you can’t really tell what they look like. 

    Although, I do think this photo is hilarious:

    Post # 9
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would say mismatched chairs would be a no for me

    Post # 10
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m really just curious as to how they find that many mismatched chairs. Are there companies that exist to only rent out mismatched chairs? They can’t be space saving since they cannot be folded or stacked.

    Post # 11
    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I think it works really well for certain themes… boho, rustic, even vintage, eclectic/industrial… but if it otherwise a very coordinated, pressed and prim affair, I think it just wouldn’t match well.

    Post # 12
    4656 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think it’s cute!

    Post # 13
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My weddin gis in a week, good thing or I might start 2nd guessing and trying to change up the chairs. I love the look and feel of this!

    Post # 14
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I noticed that in the first pic, all the chairs are wood, and in the second, some are painted white and the ones that aren’t have a white cushion.

    I think it can look adorable, but you have to pay more attention to make sure that it looks charmingly-mismatched and not random.  But I don’t think I could even tell you what sort of chairs I’ve sat in as a guest, so it probably doesn’t really matter so long as they’re not glaringly obviously weird looking (ie vintage wooden dining chairs next to picnic benches next to metal fold-outs next to plastic lawn chairs)

    Post # 15
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Mismatched chairs are my DREAM…but I doubt we will be able to make it happen. In fact, My dream wedding is actualyl reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, with the loooong table and mismatched chairs and china…man oh man, it makes me swoon just thinking about it. Pretty sure our budget won’t make it happen, but I can dream…

    Post # 16
    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I love mismatched decor! I have a collection of english porcelaine tea cups, all different, and at the reception every guest had one and I have received tons of compliments. It completed the tables perfectly! Here is a picture of a few cups which were included in the wedding.


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