(Closed) To chivari, or not to chivari. That is the question.

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

How fun!  It sounds like this will be a blast!

Honestly, I would go with the same chairs for everyone.  If anything, just change the sash cover. 

But unless the venue already has the chair, chair cover, and sash, see how much those three things would cost to rent.  If you have to rent all of those anyway, you might as well get the Chivari chairs.  🙂

Post # 4
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love chiavari chairs and we had them at our wedding too so I understand where you are coming from. 

To answer your question, I think mismatched chairs looked great (a la mismatched yet cohesive bridemaid dresses).  Howerver, in this instance, you are just choosing two different chair types and personally, I think it will look disjointed. I would go all or nothing.  

Is there a cocktail hour?  Perhaps you can use chaivari chairs for the seated areas during cocktail hour since you usually only provide a small percentage of seating for the total number of guests during that time.

Post # 5
6245 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

TBH, I think the chairs should be uniform.  If going all chiavari is too expensive (600 chairs @ $5 a chair + set-up/break-down fees = CRAZY) then look for a way to jazz up some cheaper, standard chairs.

Good luck.  Planning a wedding for 600 guests sounds intense!

Post # 6
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

i LOOOOVe chivari chairs but can’t stomach the price. Actually, $5 is a steal…around here, it’s 9-13 depending on the place!!! I agree they are gorgeous and I wish I could afford them, but I think in the grand scheme of things……no one except you and the bride will remember the chairs 🙂 I recommend save on the chairs and splurge on something else.

Post # 7
23593 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

WOW over 600? We had 165 and it already felt like 165 chivari chairs was way too much money that I spent on the wedding.  What do the alternative chairs look like?

Post # 8
47189 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wouldn’t have two different styles of chairs. It may come off as a bit elitist.

Personally, I don’t think chivari chairs are all that comfortable anyhow. They look great, but to me it ends there.

Post # 9
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I love the chiavaris too, and I think the “mismatched” look would be totally fine if the chiavaris were white to match the other chairs.  (In fact, I may steal that idea!) I also love PP’s idea to use chiavaris in the cocktail area–they’ll be more noticeable that way because not a lot of people sit down during cocktails, and it’ll help make your cocktail area look unique compared to your dinner area.  Also, for a 7-course dinner, I think people will appreciate comfortable chairs over prettier ones!

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