Post # 1
I know this is ridiculous, but I can’t figure out what to do about the chairs at my venue. I was pretty much onboard with keeping the chairs as is until I got silver vases stuck in my head. I think those will really clash with the gold rimmed chairs and I hate to do glass vases just because of the dumb chairs. So…
- We can do chair covers for $5 a chair, but quite honestly, I rarely think they look that good.
- We can upgrade to silver chiviari chairs at $7.50 each. It will look nice, but is pretty pricey.
- We can leave the chairs as-is, which means I won’t get my dream centerpiece.
For the record I think the whole you-must-disguise-the-fact-that-this-is-a-chair thing is ridiculous. Why do venues pick such ugly chairs in the first place!?
Also, we are having an evening wedding in May, in a ballroom, and our colors are periwinkle and navy, if any of that helps. 🙂
Post # 3
I loved my Chiavari chairs we rented for our wedding. They were comfortable (even without the cushions that our stupid rental company forgot) and totally stable. I’ve heard some people say they found Chiavari chairs a bit wobbly, but ours were great! So from my experience, two thumbs up, totally worth the extra cash. Maybe ask around and see if there are any discounts you can get if you book at a wedding show or anything. We ended up getting our chairs for just over $6 each with a bunch of show discounts 🙂
ETA – I totally agree, why do halls and hotels always buy ugly chairs?! It would only make sense if they were the ones offering the chair covers or alternate nicer ones for a higher price! At least then they would make some cash on the upgrade! LOL!
Post # 4
I say if you can fit it in the budget, for the chivari chairs.
I wanted them so badly, but apparently our venue has nowhere to store their regular chairs, so if someone brings in alternates, they just stack them around the perimeter of the room. Boo.
I ended up going with chair covers and they were ok…
Post # 5
I don’t actually think those chairs are that bad.
Post # 6
If you are on a tight budget, instead of chair covers or renting different chairs, I would just wrap a platinum/silver sash around the back of each chair; that would be less expensive. We are lucky, we have Chiavari chairs supplied by our venue and they are very nice and the ones that I sat in were not wobbly. There are a little small, but they are big enough for the average person to sit on and most guests won’t be sitting in them for very long anyway.
Post # 7
I rarely find banquet chairs to be “suitable” for weddings so if it were my wedding, I would need to do something about the chairs. I have wanted chiavari chairs for as long as I can remember so if it came down to paying $5 for chair covers or an extra $2.50 for chiavari, I would absolutely spring for the chiavari.
Post # 8
Those chairs are not that bad, but my chair covers I purchased online for only $2.15. That would save a bunch.
Post # 9
Your chiavari rental price is actually mad cheap compared to where my wedding was. I’d go for that! I’d look back at my wedding photos and cringe every time if I hadn’t upgraded (but i’m really into visual design. If you aren’t as OCD it might not be as worth it for you!)
Also, I find the bows/sashes some of the other ladies have described to be too busy/fussy and to actually draw more attention to ugly chairs. They don’t need to be decorated – they just need to look streamlined and good.
Post # 10
If you can afford chiavari chairs and that’s what you want…then go for it.
Post # 11
@bakerella: Yeah, for real. Actually my venue does rent their own chair covers, so maybe it is a devious plot…
@cbee: @tksjewelry: I agree. The chairs themselves aren’t that bad. I really don’t even mind the fabric, it’s more the metallic gold that I think will clash with the centerpieces I want to do.
We are thinking of navy pintuck tablecloths and blue hydrangeas in silver mint julep cups. Here is a rough idea of what I want for the centerpieces. The hydrangeas will be blue.
Post # 12
I really don’t think anyone will be associating the chairs and the centerpieces as a unit that should be matching. Remember, most of the time people will be sitting IN the chairs, not looking at them. But they will be looking at the centerpieces. From all the weddings I’ve been to, I couldn’t describe the chair I was sitting in if you paid me, but I definitely remember the centerpieces. So, if I was you, I would leave the chairs as-is but still get the centerpieces that you love!
However, if it really bothers you, upgrade to the chiviari chairs. It doesn’t sound like you’re a fan of chair covers, so you might end up paying all that money for them and not really get an “upgrade” from what you’ve got now.
Post # 13
I would cover them for your theme, but I really think your best way to go is chair covers (unless the chairs fit in your budget). The place I bought my covers from has so many color choices and look types. If you purchase you can sell them after or rent them out yourselves.
Post # 14
I am very design oriented as well, but for whatever reason… I have never been to a wedding that chivari chairs have been rented. (I have a feeling that it is probably most likely a case of ordering them is cost prohibitive because none are available locally… and would need to be shipped at least a 100 miles. Most of the elegant weddings in my area end up using chair covers with sashes and ribbons and sometimes flowers tied up in the sash! But I don’t think the chairs in the photo will be as distracting when they are filled with your friends and family! If you are worried about silver with gold… just add a few golden accents!
Post # 15
i have the same problem with my chairs. i’m going to wait and see where the budget is and then decide if it makes sense to upgrade to chiavari. even if i stick with the ugly banquet chairs, i know my guests won’t really notice them, so it’s not a huge deal even though i think they’re hideous!
Post # 16
what about a tulle/sheer sash of some sort tied around the chair?