Post # 1
Did anyone choose to upgrade their venue chairs? The venue we’re looking into provides those ugly banquet chairs and I really detest the idea of having them. I can rent chairs and I am considering chiavari, but it will be an additional $700. The other option is chair covers but I just don’t love the look of them and they’re ALMOST as expensive as the chiavari’s! We can eat the cost without it affecting our budget much but is it worth it?
So tell me, what did you do for chairs? Anyone who upgraded, was it worth it? Did the chairs end up even mattering in the end? The venue is a country club and our theme is a black tie, metallic infused gatsby-esque fete.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I really like the look of the upgraded chairs we can have at our venue but for $8/chair we are not doing it. We opted for chair covers at $4/chair. Honestly I cannot remember what the chairs were like at any wedding I’ve been to so I would rather spend the money elsewhere like on good food or other decorations.
If the money isn’t an issue to you, then go for it. It looks great on the day.
Post # 4
It’s all about priorities – I specifically wanted white wooden chairs and choose a venue that had them, if for some reason we would of went with one of the other venues that didn’t have them, then yes, I would of rented.
However, because we were on a budget, chairs made the priority list over things like flowers and invitations, which I DIY myself so that I could have the chairs I wanted.
Post # 5
As a guest, I find chiavari chairs to be horribly uncomfortable, so I would actually consider them a downgrade. They look nice when nobody’s in them, but once you add people, you won’t even notice the chairs. And I, personally, prefer comfort over looks any day of the week! But that’s me.
Post # 6
i think it depends on your opinion. becuase i can honestly tell you no one will notice. now that i’m planning my own wedding, its the first time I’ve even thought about chairs. every wedding i’ve ever attended, i didn’t notice. i started looking back through pictures of the weddings I attended to see what kind of chairs they used or if they had chair covers.
but, i know for myself, I WILL notice at my own wedding. and I’m willing to spend the extra even if I’m the only one who will notice.
Post # 7
Thanks guys… It seems to make sense that if it really matters to ME that I should upgrade. And I know in the past I haven’t paid much attention to the chairs at others weddings so that is something to consider…
Post # 8
Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it. Not because the upgrade wouldn’t look nice, but because I can promise you that out of the 20+ weddings I’ve attended in the past few years, I don’t remember what the chairs looked like at a single one.
But obviously that’s me. I just thought I’d throw that out there. 🙂
Post # 10
I always notice the chairs, but that’s just me (and mainly because I have a passionate hatred for chair covers-no clue why!). I actually ruled out any venues we saw that didn’t have chairs that I liked. Then again, I’m an odd person. haha
Post # 11
I wanted the Chiavari chairs, but it would have been over $800 to upgrade. We decided to spend any extra money on our honeymoon instead. I’ve never remembered the chairs at any wedding I’ve been to. If you can easily swing the cost, go for it. Personally, I just don’t think it’s a big deal. I don’t care for chair covers either, but that’s what we had because in th end, we just didn’t think it was that big of a deal.
Post # 12
As someone who is planning a wedding I have noticed all of the details at the many weddings I have gone to in the last 8 months. I honestly couldn’t tell you about the chairs at any of these weddings except that I got to sit in one. I would definitely save that money and/or put it into something else.
Post # 13
While I totally agree its about priorities and if forking out the extra cash means you’re going to have to cut back on something you really value, then chairs shouldn’t matter.
my personal opinion:I reeeeeally don’t want banquet chairs and chair covers at my wedding and will happily cut back on something else to have them replaced, even if it means serving cheaper wine later in the evening (people won’t notice once they’re tipsy anyway!), cutting back on flowers, having less exotic table centres. Literally, I dislike them soooo much, but that’s just me 🙂
The majority of people will not notice!! Just freaks like me!
Post # 14
We sat in both the chiavari and (all black) banquet chairs when touring the venue and the chiavaris are so not worth it. They’re really flimsy and uncomfortable–the backs are straight up and down and there’s just a thin pad on the chair. Our banquet chairs have angled backs and are thickly padded on both the back and the seat. Soooo much better.
Post # 15
I was so against paying extra for chiavari chairs for the first 11 months of wedding planning, and then at the last minute decided that I had to have them. It was so worth it to me. They completely transformed the look of our reception area and tied everything together.
Post # 16
If it’s in the budget and means something to you, then it’s worth it. Anything that you can afford and is important to you, is worth doing.