Ghost Chairs!!?! Tacky or chic?

posted 1 year ago in Decor
  • poll: Which chair?
    Ghost Chairs! : (46 votes)
    46 %
    Silver Chiavari : (55 votes)
    54 %
  • Post # 31
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    you know, there may be a valid point about aesthetics with guests sitting in the chairs.  I just looked up “wedding with ghost chairs” and found exactly 2 photos with people in the chairs.  The bride and groom only, not a hall full of guests.  The back of the chair looks a lot like a toilet seat that way.  And why were there no photos with everyone seated?  Probably not that visually pleasing. 

    That said, if you aren’t dying to have a ton of photos of your guests in chairs at the reception (we didn’t give a crap about that and hired our photographer for ceremony only), then it really doesn’t matter.

    Post # 32
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    2643 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    nashpoo :  I’d be worried about people tripping over them, especially if there will be music and drinking

    Post # 33
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    4791 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    Nonono. Theyre sooooo uncomfortable! And I get that you say ppl won’t be sitting all the time but you’d be surprised about how many people DO sit during the entire reception, chatting and people watching. 

    Post # 34
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    355 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    nashpoo :  

    For non-floral, maybe those geometric terrariums, or candles on acrylic stands, or just anything with sleek geometric lines and simple texture. For floral, either something dramatic in an untraditional way (tropical flowers are good for this) or something beautifully simple like a few big blooms, one big branch of blooms, or bare branches. Makes me think of bird of paradise or calla lilies.

    Post # 35
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I went to my first wedding with ghost chairs this past summer (it’s winter here now) and I thought they looked nice until people sat down in them. It is not a good look. And by the end of the night I had seen two peoples knickers because of dress bunch up, the chairs and synthetic dress fabrics don’t mix well and I will agree with pp’s that I think a lot of guests were butt sweaty or uncomfortable as after dinner and between courses a lot were standing by their chairs.

    Post # 37
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I think they look cool in photos but agree they are super trendy and will probs look very dated in 10-15 yrs.

    Post # 38
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    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Personally, I’m not a fan of the ghost chairs, to me they look like something you’d buy cheap to have at a casual backyard get together when you need to buy something in bulk. And I’d be concerned all night about making sure my dress was smoothed down, did my legs look weird all squished out on a see through chair etc.

    Although it has to be said that I’m not really a fan of the other style of chair that’s become so common in weddings now, because to me it looks like a skeleton chair, which is something I didn’t want to think about of my wedding day lol. But here it’s the lesser of two evils.

    Post # 40
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    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Haha I dunno, I mean those opinions are just my personal tastes, and the chiavari is very popular and the reason I don’t like it isn’t shared by many so I definitely don’t think I’m speaking for the majority for those.

    I think I’m also in the minority here, but I just actually really like classic covered chairs with bows in your theme colour. Lots of people think that’s dated, but I always thought it felt wedding-y to me and elegant with a splash of colour. For my wedding I had the chiavari ones with chair covers and sashes tied into bows (both were included in my venue contract). 

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I weirdly cannot stand chiavari chairs. I think the ghost chairs could be really cool while still being timeless if done well. I love how it looks in the photo you posted.

    Post # 42
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    Bumble bee

    In my earlier comment, I wasn’t people-shaming.  I meant to say that the color of people’s clothing will become the color you see when you scan the room – which lacks cohesion, to me.  Whatever aesthetic you pay for becomes transformed by the wardrobe of your guests and their color palette and I feel that is a waste of chair “upgrade” fees.  There’s a reason that all of the IG photos of ghost chair photos lack people actually in them.

    And, for guests, they can be a bit warm and induce a bit of self-consciousness, which just is never a good feeling.  Even worse 6 hours in, when people are tipsy and wardrobes aren’t being readily adjusted as often. I’ve only liked the look of it once, and that was for an outdoor wedding during the ceremony portion only.  The chairs allowed people to see the full beach venue and then have minimal visual eye-block from other people.  But, all the guests were all wearing one color as well, so it was still in theme and a very short time in those particular chairs.  I think people select them because it highlights your venue, florals and design, but I feel like it hurts the overall look of the room once guests are seated and that is a shame and a waste of your funds if you didn’t think of that element when you select the chairs.

    Post # 43
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

    I can’t remember a single chair I’ve ever sat in a wedding. Don’t remember what they looked like or what they felt like. Go for whichever chairs you like best. (Personally I dislike chiavari chairs.)

    Post # 45
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    MiniMeow :  you’ll remember when you have to sit in a small plastic chair for the entire reception. 

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