Post # 1
I am desperately trying to cut costs for my wedding after I sat down and tallied everything up and realized I was at a number that could easily feed a small country. I’m trying to cut the things that in my mind are the least important and the first thing I came up with was the table setting.
My color is deep plum purple with bright green accents. So my original plan was to do floor length purple linens, green table runners, rent silver chivari chairs and tie them with a green sash… even with using a discount wedding linen site I’m still looking at about $110 a table (not including centerpieces & chargers). THe bulk of the cost comes from the chivari chairs which are costing me $8.50 a pop (icluding set up, sash, and tear down). I looked into chair covers and it seems I can get them $2.75 each (which includes sash, set up & tear down)… I’m having 120 guests so thats a quick way to save almost $700. It seems like a no brianer but heres my concern: the chair covers are only available in white or ivory… which means I would have to do white floor length table cloths (to pull the white togethe) and then a plum overlay. I would pull the green in with my centerpieces, favors (chocolate covered strawberry in green box w/purple ribbon) and possibly green chargers? Maybe a green table runner… or is that too much when I already have an overlay?
DO you think the white is ok with the bright bold purple or green or do you think it’s just going to look silly? Any advice or suggestions are welcomed!
Post # 3
What if you got the white/ivory chair covers and added a chair sash in one of your colors. Then the tablecloths could be in the other color. That would save you money too!
put white in your centerpieces and keep everything else as you have it now
Post # 4
DEFINITELY save the money!
I know in my experience, I have never once noticed a linen at any wedding I’ve attended. Yes, the chiavari and coordinating linens would look spectacular, but your money has lots of other places it could be spent… like shoes or feeding a small country 😉
ETA: Also, since your guests never knew the ‘original plan’, they won’t notice that you’ve downgraded (so to speak)
Post # 5
I think if you’re dead set on using chivari chairs, ditch the sashes. Maybe use the white linens with purple runners and green centerpieces? It will also look a lot brighter and fresh, if that makes it easier! =) Good luck!
Post # 6
First of all, save the money, no one will notice the type of chairs.
I don’t think you need to have your linens match the chair covers. I think it would be fine to go with the table setting idea you had just with white/ivory linens and the green bow rather than chivari chairs and a green bow.
I don’t know if you can see this picture, but do something like this. I think in the picture its black, but imagine the black was purple.
Post # 7
Not sure how much this would save you, but what about just not putting the green bows on the chivari chairs? Chivari chairs are beautiful and they definitely class things up in a big way, so you can defintely get away w/ the chairs just standing on their own without the bow, and then you will save money by not having to rent the chair bows.
Also, if you know anyone who is handy on the sewing machine, you could have them make table runners. My wedding colors are dark teal and apple green, which are difficult colors to get right. I didn’t trust that the linen company would be able to match the colors I wanted, so we are going w/ the standard all white linens, and then my mother in law bought beautiful dark teal fabric and is making table runners for each table to add a splash of (the correct) color. Bonus: we’re saving money by just renting the standard the white linens, instead of paying extra for different colors that might not even match my color scheme as much as I’d like them to.