Post # 1
I have to decide between ordering the nicer white resin/wood looking chairs for our ceremony vs. the white plastic-metal chairs. The white resin is $3.50 a chair and the white plastic is $1.50 a chair (not including tax and 20% planning fee). I would end up saving about $300 if i went with the cheaper chairs (seating for 120+ people) Would the white plastic look awful? How much better would the white resin look?
Post # 3
If you can afford it I really think you should get the nicer chairs. The plastic charis just do not say wedding to me.
Post # 4
Impossible to judge without the background. It depends on your budget, other expenses, priorities etc.
Post # 5
Like @Moose1209 said – – if its in your budget I would go with the $3.50 Resin chair. There are different factors that can play a role though. If your wedding is an outisde garden wedding – – or even an evening barn wedding I think the $1.50 chais would suffice. I have to agree a though, the $1.50 chair don’t scream wedding IMO, they scream backyard picnic and/or bbq.
Post # 6
My wedding planner actually recommended that we go with the cheaper chair. When you have that many and its all lined up neatly it still has a pretty effect. She made the point too that no one usually remembers the chairs! Also side note if you are planning an outside wedding the more expensive ones collect water way more easily, so if it rains even a little the chairs will be impossible to dry whereas the cheaper ones can be wiped down.
Post # 7
I’m going to have to disagree with the PPs – I think it kind of silly to spend an extra $300 for chairs that your guests are going to see / sit in for 30-45 minutes tops for the ceremony. If you were talking about reception chairs, I probably vote upgrade, but for the ceremony, they are used and seen for so little time is seems like a silly expense. But if you’ve got an extra $300 just floating around ….
Post # 8
Get the cheaper ones if they are just for the ceremony. Those very chairs were our options too and the caterer kept ‘forgetting’ and adding the more expensive ones. When I called the rental company myself about them,she told me 99% of brides get the cheaper ones for the ceremony. Here’s how ours looked outside.
Post # 9
I hope people remember the chairs! As a surprise my dad shelled out $8.50 a chair for the chivari chairs I wanted (which I had told him NOT to do because it was too much money!). And I actually had a barn wedding! A super nice converted barn, but still a barn. But I actually always remember chairs at a wedding. For some reason I always notice what the chair situation is.
ETA those were reception chairs. My ceremony was in a church with pews so I don’t have experience with picking ceremony chairs.
Post # 10
I have never cared what my butt rests on before. Save yourself the dough!
Post # 11
I would go with the less expensive chair…I was having that same problem and thats what I am going to do. There are other things for my wedding I would rather spend my money on than chairs. (ie having a longer open bar). In the end no one is going to care what the chair they sat in looked like. People don”t leave a wedding talking about chairs.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the comments so far. Our wedding is in a courtyard between two buildings… so it could use something to soften the look and make it more “weddingy”. But… I could take the $300 and spend it on flowers or plants instead to make the venue look nicer.
Thanks for the picture smyley. I like how you added the fabric to the last row of chairs.
Post # 13
In your position, I would go with the more expensive ones, but only because I don’t like those particular plastic chairs – I find them to be a little rickety. That said, for 30 minutes, it’s really not that big a deal.
Post # 14
I’ve sat in both chairs and both are equally uncomfortable, however I think going with the nicer chairs might be worth the money