Post # 1
I’ve been stressed out and not wanting to plan my August wedding lately. I had to switch reception venues (which was for the best, but now will cost much more) and my photographer quit on me last week (he just graduated from photography school and didn’t think he could pull off being a wedding photographer because that’s not what he is into). So now I know I’m going to be spending a lot more on our venue as well as a photographer.
Our original venue was old and not very pretty, and I was deadset on getting chair covers to spice up the room a bit. Our new venue is much more beautiful and won’t need too much decoration to add to the space. The chairs, however, are your plain, boring, basic black (round) banquet chair. I decided the other day that I’m going to save the $300 or so I’d spend on chair covers and put that money toward our venue or photographer charges. My mom thinks we should still get the chair covers. I feel like we’re going to be the only people who notice the covers or not. DFi certainly won’t, and I can’t imagine any of our guest really caring either.
DFi and I are paying for the majority of our wedding, so keeping costs down on things like chair covers is key. So what do you all think, do chair covers really make a difference and should I still budget for them?
Post # 3
I actually think chair covers are overwhelming and a little ugly. If I didn’t like the chairs, i’d get different chairs, not covers. If I couldn’t afford that, i’d work the free chairs into the color scheme.
Post # 4
i hate chair covers. i have the same ugly banquet chairs, so i’m hoping i can fit chiavari rentals into my budget. if not, i’ll just deal with the ugly chairs. no one will pay as much attention to them as i do, and they won’t even be visible most of the time because people will be sitting in them.
Post # 5
I would keep the black chairs… I WISH MINE WERE BLACK!! They are a ugly greenish blue..UGH!! So, I’m forced to spend the $$ for the chair covers..
Post # 6
@crayfish: I agree, I don’t think chair covers add to anything really. Unless you are talking about a hideous avocado green with ripped padded seating, I dont think they are worth it.
Post # 7
I love chair covers for some reason, but I think black banquet chairs will be fine! Ours are an ugly maroon color (I swear, most halls make them a gross color so you’ll ‘upgrade’), so we’re doing white chair covers. You really lucked out that they’re black :).
Post # 8
I think for a basic black chair you’re fine without them… especially if you’re on a budget!
Our chairs are ugly and kind of beat up so we’re going with the chair covers. We also got a great deal through our venue, so it’s not really breaking the bank for us. In your case, I’d say no chair covers. Honestly…. most people are not even going to notice!
Post # 9
My mother in law and I totally disagree on this. She thinks chair covers are a must… and I don’t. Its really of a personal preference. I think they’re good to cover up ugly puke green type chairs. Otherwise, I’m not a huge fan of how they look. I call them “chair dresses”. haha I think the clean lines of chair is more visually attractive.
I say save the money.
Post # 10
@Zaria:I’m in the same boat you are. If I had those black banquet chairs I’d definitely go with them; lucky girl! Mine are dusty mauve (they’re pretty old), so I’m definitely going to rent or buy chair covers. It feels stupid to spend money just to cover the chairs, but…mauve? Yeah, those have to go.
I’d keep the black though, and spend the money elsewhere.
Post # 11
If the venue is already pretty, I don’t think you need chair covers at all. It’s an unnecessary expense but it’s all personal preference. Good luck!
Post # 12
I don’t really think chair covers add anything. When I see them I just assume they are hiding dirty or torn up chairs underneath. It they are just an ugly color, who cares…it’s a chair!
Post # 13
would you guys cover these chairs? I think these are pretty bad:
Post # 14
@Aubergold: I honestly wouldn’t. I like chairs to look like… chairs. I think its nice to break up all the cloth in a venue with some black lines. just my opinion 🙂
Post # 15
This is a funny thread because as soon as we got engaged my finance said absolutely no to chair covers, and surprisingly I’m okay with that. Sometimes I think chair covers can make a venue look smaller, and they can be overwhelming as well as expensive.. Ditch EM!!!!
Post # 16
@Aubergold my venue has almost the same chairs, I am thankful they are a neutral color like grey. My initial thought was to get chair covers because I saw the space without any linens and the chairs plus old conference tables looked horrible but once I saw events there with and without chair covers it made my decision to save $300+ much easier.