(Closed) Talk me out of Chivari Chairs!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

what do the chairs at your reception venue look like or do you have to rent chairs period?  If they have chairs, chair covers might be a more affordable option.  If you have to rent chairs, so if there’s a wedding the day before or after yours to split the cost of chairs.  Other bees have talked about doing this.  As long as your chairs aren’t completely hideous, I don’t think many people will notice.  We used plain white chair covers and it added a lot to the space, so look that direction too!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Sigh…I am sorry I can’t talk you out of them because those are the chairs I insisted on having also….

so sorry!

May I ask  how much the chairs are in your area? Its crazy how prices can vary so much from Canada to the US

Post # 5
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6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Don’t do it!  Rent the cheaper wooden ones or use your venue’s chairs and then don’t look back.  Chivari chairs are $8.50/piece here, and the white wooden padded ones were only $1.50.  I am soooo glad we went with the cheaper ones, because honestly, very few of our pictures even have chairs in them.  You’ll be surprised by how little you can actually see the chairs in your pictures once they’re filled with people.  🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

ONLY $8.50 where your from mrs.spring?! Yikes were paying $11.50 – I know were retarded!

sigh – I wish I could take your advice mrs.spring but I dont like chair covers or other chairs, I am very picky! even finding chairs for my ceremony was super hard and they were $6 a peice!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

$11.50?!!!!  That’s nuts!  Wow, chantellamus, you are dedicated girl.  I took one look at a $7.00 difference in price and said, "No way!"

Edit:  I just wanted to add that the money spent on chivari shairs could be spent somewhere else that would have a bigger impact and be more memorable for your guests.  Lets say chivari chairs are an extra $10/piece (in between my quote and chantellamus’s quote) and you have 100 guests.  That’s an extra $1,000!  That’s huge!  you could put the money towards something bigger and more dramatic (like fireworks, a live sushi chef for cocktail hour, a juggling bear, whatever).  Guests don’t remember chairs; have you remembered chairs from any of the weddings you’ve ever been to?  My advice is to take that money and invest in something big that will really impress your guests and take your mind off the fact that the chairs aren’t dramatic enough.

That being said, if this is something you’ll always look back on and regret, just go for it.  It would be dumb to still feel disappointed about your chairs years from now if you have the money to change it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Holy smokes!  I didn’t have to research chairs, because our venue provides chivari chairs in our package.  We are paying ~$125/person for 3-course meal, open bar, all linens, chairs, silverware, glassware, and wedding cake.  I am so busy that I don’t have enough time to research everything… our package was almost all-inclusive that we couldn’t say no (not to mention the fiance and I fell in love with the venue)!

@daniellemybelle, have you set your venue yet?  Maybe you could find one that has packages that include chairs?  Otherwise, I think chair covers with sashes look nice too!  Honestly, I don’t think anyone will really notice (only the bride and brides-to-be among your guests)!  🙂 

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I don’t think they’re that comfortable.  We sit in them at every meeting with the wedding planner, and sometimes these meetings last a long time.  We would have been totally cool with the less expensive chair, but we got a free upgrade to these.  They’re still costing close to $14 a chair because of the outrageously insane delivery costs.

Post # 11
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126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our venue comes with white garden chairs which we’re using for the outdoor ceremony.  I longed for chiavari chairs for the reception, they look so elegant in every bridal magazine spread.

But at $10/chair plus delivery fee, it would’ve been a $1200 expense that is completely unnecessary.  I can use the money towards a photobooth, or a whole extra action station (food) at the reception.  The guests will remember that more than the chiavari chairs.

Post # 12
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1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@mrs.Spring – damn, why do you have to be so sensible?! I know I really should put the money to better use.

So now I have a question: can you put chair covers on white garden wooden chairs? does that work?

for me to actually save money i would have to try and use the chairs we used at the ceremony for the reception but dont know if they would work with having chair covers (as stark white does not match the colors or my decor)

Post # 13
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1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

They would cost $10/chair for us.  I’m a bit torn, b/c I think sometimes they look really classy…but chair covers done properly can be more romantic.  My Dad, though, says he thinks they are the most uncomfortable things ever.  since I was on the fence anyway, that and the cost swayed me.

Post # 14
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2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

for the record all chairs look the same when they are full of people! And before that they are tucked in!unless they truly stand out or are totally tacky or bill gates is paying for your wedding i say chivari chairs are not needed.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Is it possible to rent wooden chiars that would work better with your color scheme than the white ones?  Our rental place had white, cherry stained wood, natural wood, and bamboo folding chairs, all at $1.50/piece.  If you really want white for the ceremony and not for the reception, or if your only choice is white, I don’t see why chair covers wouldn’t work. 

Maybe someone who has direct experience with chair cover on wooden folding chairs could chime in with some advice?

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Look let’s be realistic!  The first thing you need to ask yourself is do you have the money???  If you answer "no" honestly you should realize that if you go with other chairs things WILL BE OK!!!  You can concentrate on other areas of your wedding.  Shoot think of all of the money you can save!  Think of what you can do with that money on a honeymoon, new house, bills, baby, or whatever your life priorities are.  Let’s all be honest with ourselves.  I have been to weddings that have cost $5,000 to weddings that have cost $300,000.  I have never once left there saying to myself, "damn were nice chairs!"

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