Post # 1
So, I don’t like chair covers. Fact.
The whole chair cover/sash thing is so not me. Also, after perusing wedding magazines and websites, I am officially over Chiavari chairs. Especially after seeing them in person.
Besides, they are out of my budget–all of those options above.
But when it comes to chairs, what I want are beautiful chairs themselves. Alas, according to most party rental sites I’ve been to, the basic options are:
For the ceremony, I’d like the white fanback chair. Price-wise and style-wise, it fits for me. For the reception, which will be held in the beautiful alumni house of our alma mater, the chairs are surprisingly more institutional that I thought the house would have. Well, that’s university furniture for you, I guess (there is actually someone who has the job of buying that furniture…interesting…).
What I want are, you know, regular chairs! Nothing that folds, I suppose. I’ve seen many a photo of wedding receptions with such chairs but I figure that that’s a luxury of having a reception in a home, hotel or restaurant.
In the end, I think I’ll forget about doing anything about the chairs. Not a priority. Function over form at this point 🙂
Post # 3
I am in the same predicament. I Think chair covers look like someone threw a sheet over a chair and tied a big gaudy bow around it to dress it up. Our venue is a country club and the cost includes the chairs that are a bit dated( same as picture below but with gold frame, no dot pattern) Althought I would prefer the more delicate Chiavari Chairs or just a simple wooden framed chair, I can’t justify spending an additional $1600+ for them. Put that monet towards amazing centerpeices or great favors!
My wedding is an outdoosy theme, so I can put up with the chairs provided and work with them. In reality, the only time people really see all the chairs is when they first enter the room. Once they are at the table, people are just sitting in them and will be looking at whats in front of them-Centerpeices, other guests, bride and groom, the food, not the chairs peoples butts are in.
You want the “wow” factor when they enter your reception room, but really, its just that first minute when they walk in to find their table they will see the chairs and even then, they are focusing on the table number/name rather then the chair. Best of luck with whatever you choose to do. Perhaps instead of renting a bunch more chairs, you can hang a cute sign on the backs of the chairs with the table name or something. Use twine or a thin ribbon that goes with your theme?