Post # 17
We had Chivari chairs at my reception. I am so not a fan of chair covers, and prefer the clean lines of Chivari. But I do agree that those chairs are absolutely not comfortable. However, I think that Chivari, linens and lighting make the biggest visual impact, so we spent our money on these rentals, and cut down on having elaborate centerpieces.
Post # 18
Eh, to each her own. We happen to think chairs are important in our case, so we are springing for black Thonet chairs at $8 a pop. (Thonets are these chairs: http://www.chairblog.eu/category/chair-designer/michael-thonet/; scroll down to see #18) They look smashing and we love them so–so much that we’re offsetting the cost by not having certain things like centerpieces or cake (just the dessert provided)–in fact, since our locale is pretty nice as it is, this is the one thing that we’re buying in terms of decor. It’s not a decision everyone would make, but it’s right for us.
BUT my point is, don’t spend that much money just because Chiavari chairs are “coveted” or because the wedding industry has declared them the high-class choice. $2300 is a huge chunk of change. Rent them only if YOU really love them and if they matter so much to you that you’d be willing to sacrifice other things (even if that isn’t the reality–even if whomever’s paying told you “do whatever you want”; it is still $2K for chair rental) Otherwise, Mrs. Martin is right–white wood chairs look lovely and they too, are classic.
Post # 19
Chivaris are nice, but I personally don’t think they’re any prettier than the bamboo chairs we had that rented for the same price as standard white wooden chairs. I wouldn’t spend $5 each on chivaris. I think it’s great though that you’re starting a rental business, if you think they’re overpriced in your area, then that’s awesome that you’re doing something about it! And I’m sure you would get a lot of brides renting them at $5 or $6, since the usual rental price is more like $9-$10 for them.
Post # 20
I’m in L.A. costs of rentals are insane. I’m starting my own business Chiviari Chairs $3.50 a pop and 60′ round $5… with a $500 minimum.
Post # 21
I don’t have anything against Chiavari chairs (or the people who use them), but I wouldn’t rent them. I’m not super concerned about my chairs.
Post # 22
these are the kind of chairs we had, but they were plastic and they were totally fine. A little used looking, but you couldn’t tell in pics and I’m sure no one remembers what my chairs looked like. I think I paid $.75 a chair or something like that.
Post # 24
@awhurdler: Did you ever start the rental company?