Post # 1
I need advice yet again. . .
We booked our venue this past weekend (THANK GOODNESS!!! wooo. Insert huge sigh of relief here) and I’m torn between opting for the chair covers or just letting them exist as they are. I mean, the chairs themselves are normal banquet hall-ish chairs. . .and the chair covers aren’t really anything spectacular, but I’m worried that without them, the chairs will distract from the gorgeousness of everything else. Also a key factor in my indecisiveness: the chair covers will be $3.50 a pop (the venue provides them and we cannot bring our own) and we’ll have about 200 guests. Here are a few pictures:
Here’s a few without the chair covers, for a high school formal held in the same location:
(as you can see, Fiance kept photo bombing!)
. . .thoughts, bees? Any/all input is super appreciated!
Post # 3
For me, chair covers are SO not worth the money. They make the chairs stand out so much and create this sea of white… I’m not really a fan. In your pictures of the “naked” chairs, the chairs totally blend into the floor and you hardly even see them.
If it were me, I wouldn’t spend $700 on chair covers. We didn’t use them at our wedding and it turned out just fine.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
I would get the covers. I think it looks bad without them.
But… I’m a bride and notice chairs.
No one else will notice them.
Post # 5
– you both make SUCH good points! The price is killing me. I notice both things you’re talking about – the ‘sea of white’ (which I didn’t notice until you pointed out, Zippy, so thank you for that! I kept looking and thinking there was something I didn’t like, and I think that was it) as well as the fact that they just look. . . cheap? I’m not sure that’s the best word for it, but I’m sure you know what I mean. I also feel that as a Bride, it’s something I notice, but not something many others would. ARGH. Thanks for the input, ladies!
Post # 6
If you want a middle ground, you can do what we did and just use sashes. We had banquet chairs exactly like those (except they were gold… ick). We took black satin sashes and tied them vertically to cover the back of the chair (we looped them through that cut-out at the top of the chair so they would stay put and then tied them in a simple knot at the base of the chairback).
That way you are still covering the chair, you can use whatever color sash you like but you don’t have to worry about stark white chair covers and their insane expense. I think we rented our sashes for $1/sash. Talk to your venue and see if that’s something that is possible.
Post # 7
I think the room looks much better with the chairs covered. For what it’s worth, I think the price they’re quoting you for the rental is excellent! The chair covers at a venue that I considered were $8.50 each! (I ended up with a venue that had great chairs, so I didn’t end up needing to pay to cover them.)
Post # 8
I don’t know – when people say that no one notices the chair covers, this is because they aren’t paying thousands in pictures to remember the big and little details of the day. I personally think wedding pictures are ruined with chairs that are ugly (and I’m not a fan of the chairs in your picture). I think it’s worth the payment – with that being said,I like the idea of the sashes – if your venue can you do that, I think this is great.
You might be the only one who notices, but you will always be one of the few people who will be looking at pictures of this day for years to come. Some little details are worth it – it was a non-negotiable with me (luckily, I have a venue who included chair covers and bows over the chairs included in the price)
Post # 9
I agree with @zippylef:
Chair covers actually take away from your decor because all you see is a sea-of whoite. Your chairs completely blend into the background. When yur guests are seated the chairs won’t be noticeable in your pics at all.
I could do a lot of decor for that $700!