(Closed) Chiavari chairs or banquet chairs

posted 7 years ago in Decor
  • poll: which chair?
    chiavari chairs : (21 votes)
    53 %
    banquet chairs : (19 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
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    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I don’t think they are bad at all, in the pictures. Before making a decision, I would go visit the chairs to make sure they don’t have any noticeable stains. As long as they are in good shape, I wouldn’t waste money on renting the Chiavari chairs. We were lucky that our Chiavari chairs were included in our price.

    Post # 4
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    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t think they’re bad at all. While I love chiavari chairs (when I say love, I mean LOVE) I probably wouldn’t spend the extra money to upgrade unless the venue was willing to do it for cheap. We were quoted $8 per chair to rent them and that is just not in the budget. How much would your venue charge for the upgrade?

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    11237 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @allyk522: Typical of the hotel to send out photos with the ‘nicer’ chairs. However, my friend had a similar dilemma and the wedding co-ordinator at her venue told her it wasn’t worth paying extra because once people are sat down and their jaCkets are on the back of the chairs you wont notice and to be honest you don’t.

    Post # 6
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    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t think the banquet chairs are bad at all, they blend in well and are definitely not offensive (the chairs that come with our site border on offensive, they are so ugly!) I like the look of chiavari chairs, but usually the cost is significantly higher. I never, EVER would have noticed them before I started planning my wedding! People will be in those chairs a lot of the night and it’s unlikely anyone would notice their absence. If the price is much different, I’d go with banquet chairs.

    Post # 8
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    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I looooove chiavari chairs (and am coughing up a boat load to have them at my wedding) but think that the banquet ones will look just fine. Like PPs have said, no one will even notice once they are sitting down/covered with jackets, etc. Now if only someone could knock that same rationalization into my head. 🙂

    Post # 9
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    243 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I would do the chiavari chairs for sure.  That is something I don’t mind splurging on 🙂

    Post # 10
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    1493 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I like the banquet chairs honestly. Also, people really don’t notice the chairs unless it’s a production/wedding planner planned wedding. We had banquet chairs and everybody who attended said that the wedding was blast. Chiavaris are nice chairs, but sometimes uncomfortable too. Stick with the banquet chairs and give your guests another hour at the bar.

    Post # 11
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    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    If you can afford it, then go chiavari – I don’t think the green ones are bad or make the chiavari’s chairs necessary. 

    I hated my venue’s chairs and ended up keeping them and it really didn’t matter.  We look at pictures of the room with no one in it – and with people in those chairs, it won’t really matter.  I don’t look at any of my wedding pictures and get sad about not having chiavari’s.

    Your banquet chairs aren’t offensive in the least and seem to work with the room.  What color table linens are you doing?

    Post # 13
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    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Obviously the chiavari chairs are beautiful – but if you can’t afford it then don’t stress. The banquet chairs look really nice and also comfortable.

    Post # 14
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    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I voted Chiavari. While I do agree that they aren’t necessary and quite expensive, I do think they add to the atmosphere. Is there anyway you could look into an outside rental company to see if you can get them for cheaper? Or perhaps, depending on how important it is to you, spend less on favors and splurge on the chairs? I’m sure whatever you decide will be lovely.

    Post # 15
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    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I love a beautiful chiavari chair but my breaking point is $5 per chair(including taxes, delivery and set up).  The banquet chair they have are way better than the ones at my venue and at 7.50 per chair I would stick to the free chairs.  I am having chiavari chairs but found them at $4 per chair and like I said the ones at my venue are aweful.

    Post # 16
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    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Our venues are ugly green as well. We are opting for chair covers vs the chiavari chairs. I can’t see spending $8+ per chair, when I can spend around $1.50 for a chair cover…

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