Post # 1
Hi hive! So I’ve been totally obsessing over chair covers lately, and I have a conundrum that I know only fellow bees will understand. We are having 150 people (read: chairs) at our reception that are provided by our venue. They are the standard white wooden folding chairs … mostly. About 30 are natural wood folding chairs. I’m not OK with that. So my first idea was to get chair covers, but when I started looking at prices, I almost fell out of my chair. They ranged in price from $300-$500, and some of those prices didn’t even include bows!
So now I’m considering trying to sew my own. I am a novice sewer, at best, but I looked closely at some of the covers I saw online and it doesn’t look too complicated. The few people I’ve mentioned this to, however, have told me either a) the money I’ll save isn’t worth the time I will put in or b) after fabric and thread for 150 chair covers, I won’t have saved any money.
So what do you think hive? Has anyone ever tried to sew their own chair covers? Was it worth it? Am I getting in over my head?
p.s. If you have sewed your own, let me know of any tips you have!
Post # 3
I have no issues with my white garden folding chairs but my mom wanted to "jazz them up". I only have 60 chairs, she went to the store to get her supplies (tulle, simple fabric, etc) she’s not doing the whole chair cover just the top (her idea, not mine I don’t really care ) and tulle bows…total…$200 dollars.
With all the time she’s gonna invest and keep in mind is only for 60 chairs without a full cover…I say…if you really want chair covers…rent them or buy them from ebay, you might get lucky!
Post # 4
I’m going to go a little off topic here, so sorry… I would look into renting white chairs to replace the natural ones or I would deal with the natural colored chairs. Why? Because my experience with chair covers has been horrible. Every wedding (or other function) I’ve been to that had them the same thing happens — the chair cover slips off of the chair and is awkward to sit on, I keep sliping and sliding as I sit to eat, or I slide off of the chair (thus becoming awkward). I vowed not to do chair covers at my wedding and I’m so glad I made that choice.
Sorry for not answering your questiong, but though you might like another perspective.
Post # 5
@V: I’ve seen photos of receptions with just top covers….they can turn out so lovely! Definitely a great way to get the look you want, and still save money (if you’re making it a DIY project).
Post # 6
A friend recently got married at a venue that didn’t have matching chairs. Her solution was to buy white pilowcases to cover the seat back, and to use tulle to tie sashes around the seat back to hold them still and to add some color. It worked out fairly well – The chairs all had the same look, it didn’t cost much, and no one really notices that the legs on some of the chairs were different.
If you sew your won covers, let us know how it goes! I’m interested to see if it’s feasible or not. 🙂
Post # 7
I think I agree with both of the groups of people you talked to: not worth the time and it probably won’t save you any money. But maybe I’m projecting my poor sewing skills into that equation and it won’t actually take you that long. I do think fabric and supplies will run you at least the same amount as the chair coves will, though.
Renting 30 chairs to replace the natural wood ones does sound like a good/cheaper option, as long as you have seen and like the white chairs.
Also, based on my (very limited) experience, it seems like chair cover rental companies in particular are willing to negotiate on price, or match the price of another vendor. I’m assuming that with the economy as it is, chair covers are one of the wedding items that get cut from the budget first/most often.
If it helps, this company rents chair covers and ships nationally. Covers + sashes start at $2. Even if you don’t use this company, you could use ther price to negotiate with another vendor.
Post # 8
I agree with Miss Pinot Grigio– full blown chair covers are going to be hard to make yourself, expensive to rent and probably won’t be worth it in the end. But top covers can be a great DIY project and add some pizazz!
Post # 9
Just a note:
If you have three rows of all white chairs and then one row of natural chairs, I admit it will look awkward. However, if the chairs are interspersed randomly, I doubt anyone will think it looks bad to have two colors. That’s just my thought. And honestly, I think all chairs look better without the frou-frou covers.