Post # 16
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chairs will make or break your look! go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 23
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
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
No one notices the chairs. Put the money towards something else. You can’t eat a chair.
Post # 26
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
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
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
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
We chose to upgrade chairs for $8pp, and it was well worth it in my opinion —