(Closed) Talk me out of Chivari Chairs!

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
16 posts
  • Wedding: June 2021

here is an option, why dont u just rent like a few for headtable or sweetheart table since those will be in alot more pics anyways than the other guest tables. Will save ya alot of $ just an idea

Post # 18
468 posts
Helper bee

I just got married and used our venue’s chairs.  I guarantee you, not one guest looked around our reception and said "Well, everything is great, except just this one thing- the chairs aren’t Chiavari chairs.  The whole thing is pretty much ruined now."  


Seriously, no one cares 🙂  Hope that helped! 

Post # 19
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

In all honestly, chairs will not make or break your wedding.  If you have to talk yourself out of them and you really want them, then get them. You might just have to alter your budget somewhere else and give up something.  Then you have to ponder if there is anything that you are willing to give up in exchange for the Chavari chairs. 

 There are some really great ways you can dress the chairs you may get that aren’t the Chavari chairs!!!!!  Maybe you could put a sash from your color scheme on the chairs.  I have seen some really nice things done with sashes on chairs.  Hope this helps!!!!

Post # 20
288 posts
Helper bee

wow $8.50, $10, $11.50?! mine are $15 a chair!

I am a hypocrite because I am getting them but honestly, no one cares about the chairs – never have I heard anyone say "did you see the chairs they had, so gorgeous/ugly" If it saves you some money you can put towards something else – go for the regular chairs!

Post # 21
1172 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had no clue what chivari chairs were so I googled them. Turns out they are the chairs my venue alread has! Honestly I probably would never have noticed anything different as a guest. If they are out of your budget, then don’t try to stretch a penny too far!

Post # 22
7 posts

i agree with most of everyone here, NO ONE will care!! keep in mind not just the chair cost, the vendor will also charge you setup/ delivery fee if your venue doesn’t already offer them….use the chair $$ for drinks!!

Post # 24
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We are having an outdoor wedding at a non-weddingy location and so we have to rent everything.  We met with the rental people and they have 3 chair types, 2 types of folding chairs and chivari chairs.  I loved the look of the chivari chairs and I was totally prepared to try to convince my parents that it was worth the extra $7/per chair.  Then, I sat in all three chairs and the chivari chair was the most unconfortable of the three!!  I was shocked!!  I think my dad was shocked too b/c he was expecting me to go for the chivari chairs.  So daniellemybelle, they really are less comfortable than the less expensive ones offered in my area!!

Post # 25
257 posts
Helper bee

daniellemybelle – I love the dark chairs in you inspiration pic! They look amazing and they will definitely go really nicely with your colors. Nice suggestions Mrs. Spring!

Post # 26
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Literally from the moment I got engaged I started telling myself renting chaivari chairs was a waste of money – esp because any venue we’d consider would already have some form of chairs. The chairs at my venue are nice enough but would require chair covers…I started pricing that out and it came to about $5 a chair cover w/ sash plus delivery etc. I got a bunch of quote for chaivari chairs and two companies came in at $6.50 and $6.75…so for the difference of $1.5 I got the chaivaris! So its only another $400 and I’ll cut something else out somewhere or make the invites myself or whatever but I love the chairs. If it were $10 a chair there’s NO way I would have gotten them.

Post # 27
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Sigh…  I love that picture, daniellemybelle.  So romantic and gorgeous!

Post # 28
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Seriously, I do not remember 1 chair I’ve sat on at a wedding.  I can tell you if I remember if the DJ was good, if there was a crazy drunk, but I CANNOT tell you about the chairs.  I agree with Mrs. Spring, put the money somewhere else or save it!

Post # 29
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our reception venue has these chairs…I honestly had no idea what they were…I though he kept saying "safari chairs."

Post # 30
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t think anyone will care a smidge about what kind of chairs you have. And actually, I’ve heard that chivari chairs are less comfortable than the banquet style. There are sooooo many other details you can work on (more affordably) to make the decor special without dishing out that extra cash!

Post # 31
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I, too, am having an outdoor wedding at my parent’s place…. meaning I had to rent EVERYTHING (including porta-potties… yikes!)

Basically, it is really easy to become convinced that you need the expensive chairs, or that you need chair covers, or that you need etc. etc. etc. The most important piece of wedding advice I have received was that the guests won’t remember the centerpieces, the aisle decorations, the programs and espicially not the chairs. What they will remember is the love between two people (and good food!!!). Seriously, it is much better, in my opinion, to spend the money creating an ambience of some type (be it with lighting or bright linens) and having good food… no one cares about the chairs- other than the bride.

 I am getting white, plastic folding chairs for .97 each… the chivari were about 5.00 each.  No, the folding plastic chairs aren’t my dream, but they are white, they are bright, and they will hold people’s butts while they watch me marry the man of my dreams!

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