- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Hello fellow bees! I’m a newbie and a new bride-to-be in Nashville, TN… and need HELP!! My decor budget is completely getting blown out of the water at this point and I need help with ideas, ways to cut costs, and what you think would work best for my venue! I had originally planned for a silver, white, grey and shades-of-pink theme, something along these lines:
My fiancee and I are planning a wedding in less than 2 months for about 150 guests. We are paying for most of the wedding ourselves and are on a VERY tight budget. Our initial guestlist was closer to 130, but it’s grown a bit over the last week or 2 and it’s impossible to trim down 🙁 That has increased our # of tables, chairs and centerpieces, which means I really can’t afford the nicest taffeta crinkle or Lamour tablecloths I had initially planned on renting 🙁
My venue is a hotel ballroom (not my choice – my family is VERY traditional persian and wants a formal seated dinner/hotel ballroom wedding) that we’ve used for many family weddings in the past. But the chairs are really ugly maroon “merlot” colored banquet chairs:
I think they are absolutely hideous and need to change them, but can’t afford chiavari chairs ($6 is the cheapest I’ve found) for 150+ guests. I initially thought they had the same chairs in a beige/taupe color that would just blend in to our decor.
Has anyone used the silver satin universal self-tie chair covers (“pillowcase” chair covers)?. I found some on this site for a really good price, only $2.19 each, but worried they might end up looking really tacky and plastic-like shiny satin. Has anyone rented from this site before?
I’m really nervous they’ll end up looking too shiny and tacky. Also, my venue offers tablecloths (but they aren’t full-length to the floor, just above the floor) in only a few colors: white, ivory, black, forest green and maroon/red. I am guessing the ivory will be the best choice? I really wanted to rent the grey Lamour tablecloths, but I think it will cost too much for 22 tables. I really don’t want to spend more than $350 on chair covers… but wondering if it’s worth the splurge (and eating ramen noodles for a month) to get the $3 each Lamour banquet chair covers from here:
That would take my cost up from $330 (free shipping at the other site) for the silver satin covers to $495 ($45 shipping) if I went with the Lamour. Also, the Lamour have no sashes or ties to go with them.
Are there other alternatives you can think of? My mom and I thought about doing a DIY half-chair cover (just covering the back/backrest of the chair) with some silver-threaded organza fabric like this example if we can find enough cheap fabric (we need 225 yards) to keep costs under $300 for the fabric:
Finally – what are your thoughts on the tablecloths? $14 rental x 22 tables or use the venue’s white or ivory tablecloths?