(Closed) How important were/are the style of chairs to you?

posted 4 years ago in Decor
  • poll: To keep or rent?
    Keep the chairs - not a big deal : (25 votes)
    51 %
    Rent new ones - it's worth it! : (24 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 16
    1066 posts
    Bumble bee

    Sometimes the chairs that come with the venue aren’t soo bad but those are rough…they’re the same chairs my church had for sunday school when I was a little kid. If you can swing the extra money then I say get the new chairs.

    I was also very picky about the chairs because there’s just so many of them, they really do make a big impact on the style of the wedding. I know when I go to weddings that have crappy chairs I can tell they cheaped out (but I’m admitedly a very superficial person-it’s something I’m trying to get better about lol). To me it makes the difference between a pinterest/photo worthy wedding and an obviously budget minded reception. I paid about 2.75 for the padded folding mohogany chairs and I’m so glad I did.


    Post # 17
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Those chairs are not great – but us Bees are biased. We are on a wedding FORUM because we love weddings so we will notice the small things. The majority of your guestlist won’t. And if they do, they won’t remember them in a week. 

    Saying that, I upgraded mine. They were $5/chair to upgrade. 

    These were the venue included chairs: 

    And I upgraded to these with a bow: 

    And it was totally worth it! 

    Post # 18
    2076 posts
    Buzzing bee

    When I was planning my wedding I wanted chivari chairs because the chairs the venue provided, in my eyes, were ugly.  But after my Mom said “well we aren’t spending $1000 on chairs” did I take a moment to think back to all the weddings I had been to.  I tried and tried to remember the chairs and for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what anyone’s chairs looked like.  Not a one.  So I sucked it up and used the cheaper chairs.  And let me tell you, out of 1000 pictures we were given by our photographer only a handful have the chairs in the shot and when the chairs were in the shot it was becuase our guests were sitting in them so my eyes go directly to the happy faces and not the “ugly” chairs.

    Once guests get into the room and sit down.  The guys take off their jackets.  The women drape their wraps and hang their purses over the back of the chair, those “ugly” chairs tend to disappear.

    Post # 19
    2317 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Ii feel chairs are important if you care about aesthetics.  Could you change the color of your linens to match the chairs? If the chairs are black and you use a black table cloths the chairs will not be as noticable.  You could sitll use overlays and runners to give your table some style.  In the end adding a linens to 10 tables would be cheaper than renting 100 chairs. 

    Post # 20
    2870 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I think paying new chairs is a waste of time, but that’s just me. I honestly cannot tell you what the chairs have looked like at the weddings i have been to over the years. It’s just not something I look at.

    Post # 21
    1131 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    lkpv:  Chairs aren’t important but if the picture you posted is similar to the ones you guys are having… I would suggest new one.  Those look weird to me.  Would it be cheaper to cover them up and adding a nice bow to it to dress it up?

    Post # 22
    859 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    Chairs will make or break your look! go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Post # 23
    2942 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Honestly, your guests won’t notice, and you won’t notice the chairs once your guests are in them.  Of all the things you spend money on for your wedding, is $1000 on chairs really going to feel like money well spent? 

    Post # 24
    4534 posts
    Honey bee

    loveisbrewing:  We have the same train of thought! For ME, chairs can dress up or dress down a venue. Sounds like OP is not fond of the standard venue chairs. However, I guess it really depends what you deem important at your wedding (in her case creating a romantic fall ambiance). 

    Post # 25
    7445 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    No one notices the chairs. Put the money towards something else. You can’t eat a chair.

    Post # 26
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I admit I didn’t read the other comments, but we splured for padded white resin folding chairs at the last minute, and it was totally worth it. I can’t imagine our photos with the ugly chairs provided by the (ceremony) venue. It sounds strange, but I actually love seeing the chairs in our photos because I was so close to NOT having them. 

    Post # 27
    1053 posts
    Bumble bee

    I am a huge fan of Chiavari chairs, the ones provided from your venue look like elementary school chairs!

    They have dark brown ones if that is more the style you are looking for


    Post # 28
    1182 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    janedw:  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Chiavari chairs! The issue is they cost like $7-8 apiece to rent.

    Post # 29
    2033 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Our decorater made a good point, the chairs are the most numerous item in the room and what people will notice first – personally I agree. I definitely notice a bad chair at a venue! So we opted to splurge for Chivari chairs since I really don’t enjoy seat covers.

    If you are spending a lot of money on the rest of the decor, you don’t want it to look disjointed with an ugly chair 🙁

    Post # 30
    1401 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    We chose to upgrade chairs for $8pp, and it was well worth it in my opinion —

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