(Closed) The great chair debate

posted 7 years ago in Decor
  • poll: What should I do about the chairs?
    Chair covers, even if they aren't all that attractive : (15 votes)
    27 %
    Chiviari chairs, they're expensive but they look good : (24 votes)
    43 %
    Nothing, sure they're ugly, but they're free : (17 votes)
    30 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
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    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I don’t actually think those chairs are that bad.

    Post # 6
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    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    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
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    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
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    14496 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Those chairs are not that bad, but my chair covers I purchased online for only $2.15. That would save a bunch.

    Post # 9
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
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    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    If you can afford chiavari chairs and that’s what you want…then go for it.

    Post # 12
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    785 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
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    875 posts
    Busy bee

    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
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    what about a tulle/sheer sash of some sort tied around the chair? 

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