Post # 1
If you had to choose between chair covers or uplighting for your venue which would you spend the money on? We could either spend approximately $400 on chair covers (to cover the usual hotel banquet room chairs) and sashes or on 10 uplights for the room. Unfortunately, there is not enough room in the budget for both. These are the last minute details just now running through my mind!
Post # 2
future.mrs.koban: 100% uplighting. Honestly, I tend to think that extra fabric and chair covers tends to detract from the room. Uplighting totally changes the ambiance of the room.
Even with less appealing chairs (like in the photo below), the uplighting looks so much more elegant to me than chair covers. In fact, with all of the uplighting, you don’t even notice the hotel chairs!:
looks more elegant than this: (in my opinion, anyway!):
Post # 3
I’m skipping both. They are things that nobody will remember but me and I’d rather thay money go towards either food or booze.
Post # 4
For me it would depend on how horrid the chairs were. If I absolutely couldn’t stand them, I’d do chair covers. But otherwise I’d go for uplighting
Post # 5
Swebs14: we’ve already gotten topshelf booze and filet mignon / cod dual plate. So the food and drink is definitely covered. Personally as a wedding guest I notice when chairs aren’t covered which is why I was leaning towards that but now the new trend seems to be the uplighting. If I had the option to keep the money trust me I would but we need to meet the “minimum” room cost of $6500 and with the food, drink, centerpieces, toast, etc. we are right around $6100 so I have to pick one or the other to meet the minimum.
Post # 6
copperbird90: they are a dark blue. luckily not red or green which would not blend well at all with our color scheme.
Post # 7
Ugh I went with up lighting. Even though I love chair covers and sashes. If I can find a way to make it work I totally will. But I love up lighting. It’s so beautiful!
Post # 8
I would definitely go with the lighting. I’m not a fan of chair covers at all.
Post # 9
I don’t know if this is at all helpful, but I thought we could only afford one of the two, and then I figured out how to make both work. Our venue was going to charge us $5.50 per chair cover! What the heck! At that price, I thought for sure that there would be no way we could afford them, which is sad because, although I hate chair covers in general, the chairs at our venue are bad. Like, really bad. Then I found a website that was having a sale and figured out that I can purchase chair covers for less than half of what the venue was going to charge me to rent them. I ended up going with the spandex kind (I thought it looked more elegant, but sometimes I don’t have the best taste in these sorts of situations). I thought that, with the spandex I don’t have to worry about ironing them and washing and refolding will be simple. I am hopeful that when all is said and done, I can sell them for what I purchased them for. I know it isn’t guarenteed, but I have had enough family/friends say that they like them to think that other brides might be interested as well. Anyway, this website seems to run a sale (20% off with an additional 20% off at checkout with free shipping seems to be the standard) around major holidays, so it might be worth checking into. 🙂
Post # 10
A lot of people hate chair covers for some reason, but I love them. I think they look a lot better than normal chairs and don’t really see the appeal of uplighting, so I’d do chair covers 🙂
Post # 11
Depends on what your chairs look like. We had ugly brown folding metal chairs so chaircovers were a MUST for us. If your chairs are decent, I would go with uplighting, but if they are horrid, chaircovers all the way.
Post # 12
no one will notice the chairs as much but the uplighting can change the whole atmosphere of the entire room.
Post # 13
Uplighting. But then again, it’s my job, so im a little biased. however i can honestly say, that guests will notice the uplighting and remember it, before chair covers.
Post # 14
Uplighting!!! I think a room with uplighting feels like a dream. A room with chair covers…something else 😉
Post # 15
We’re doing both – uplighting and chair covers. However we’re not doing full on chair covers– only chair bows. I think it’s a great compromise and I bought 100 sashes off Amazon for much cheaper than it would’ve cost to rent them from our venue.
I never like the way full on chair covers look. To me, it looks like when your furniture is covered for when you’re painting a room.