Post # 1
I’m working with a healthy budget in my opinion but it’s not very close to the “average” wedding cost.
I’ve never been a big fan of chair covers. No offense to brides who have chosen this element but they’re a little trite in my eyes. Plus the fabric gets in the way of pulling your chair out/ pushing it in. Spandex covers eliminate that problem but then you can’t tuck your feet back under the chair.
Throughout planning, I figured we’d just skip chair covers since most places have nice understated banquet chairs. I figured no one would care if we left the chairs naked or we could at least tie a sash through that little hole at the top of the back in order to incorporate our color scheme without spending $500 to decorate something that people will be putting their butts on.
Well the good news is we finally found a budget friendly venue that offers everything we want! The problem is the chairs. See below.
We’re going for a blue and silver color scheme so this green isn’t gonna fly. Plus they don’t even have a friendly hole for sash tying! I’d rent silver chiavari chairs because I think they’re awesome but the local rental place would run me $9.50 per chair! For a low cost option I think I’m gonna have to cover these suckers. What do you think?
Post # 3
Definitely! I said exactly the same thing. However, chairs are v bad in my venue so needs must!
Post # 4
I totally feel you on not liking traditional chair covers, I don’t either! But our banquet chairs were kinda ugly. I searched a ton of rental places and found some unique chair covers that I actually liked (they were called ‘flair’ chair covers and had ruching and stuff) – they were a bit more than traditional chair covers, but way less than Chiavari – and really, not being able to tuck your feet under the chair is not a big deal.
Post # 5
Well I may be in the minority here but I don’t mind those chairs. They have a kind of retro appeal. That green has a lot of blue in it (as opposed to like an apple or kelly green) – in fact I might even call those blue-green – so I wonder whether they will really even clash with your color scheme?
Post # 6
I would definitely cover them, because it’ll make the entire room look alot nicer. And at $1-5 per chair for covers, you’ll spend less than half as much as you would on renting chiavari chairs.
Post # 7
@Eglantine: We’d be using a Royal blue. Do you think that would work? Maybe before I decide I can get a table mockup without.
Post # 8
What color blue are you thinking of using? Rather than cover the chairs, why not use them as part of your color scheme? Blue,silver and green would be beautiful together.
Hard to tell exactly what color green they are, since they look bluish green to me too. Can you take some of your accessories there and see how it might look?
Here’s an inspiration board that might help a bit.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
How much are garden chairs? They are usually half as much as chiavari and that might be a similar price to the chair covers (unless your venue includes those).
I would definitely not use these chairs as is, so if you must cover, you must. I hate those cahir covers too. 🙁
Post # 10
Well, as someone who used metal folding chairs at their reception, I don’t think they are bad. And once people are in them, you won’t see them. Save the money. Get some epic centerpieces to draw the eyes away from them but I personally hate chair covers way more than I dislike those chairs. I feel like that is something no one but someone who just or is planning their own wedding would notice anyway.
Post # 11
Do you think I could solve my problem with more of a “Chair Hat” like so?
Post # 12
@missjuli: I think that could work. I personally hate chair covers too (the full covers that go to the floor). They look too busy to me and make the room seem cluttered. I also think it makes it more obvious you are trying to hide the chairs.
The smaller one you posted is much better. Maybe not such a shiny fabric though.
Those chairs aren’t that bad though. You’d be fine leaving them. I’ve seen way worse banquet chairs and at the end of the day it’s not a big deal.
Post # 13
The only thing is with a smaller chair cover like above is that then you’re going to have a two toned chair, your pretty cover colour then that ugly green.
PS what are they thinking with those chairs theyre hideous lol
Post # 14
@missjuli: I don’t see why royal blue and silver wouldn’t work, but I’m not sure what color your linens will be and how you’re planning to work in the different colors. Opinions seem to be very split on the chairs!
Post # 15
I honestly don’t think they’re that bad. Our venue’s chairs are hideous, but we’re using them sans cover because I know I am the only one who will notice, because I’ve never noticed chairs as a wedding guest unless there were insufficient numbers, and even then, I don’t know what the chairs looked like for the people who got them.
Post # 16
For visualization’s sake, here’s my centerpiece mockup; multicolored paper flowers in a ribbon wrapped jar on a pizza pan. The “tablecloth” is actually my FI’s towel! I hope to have solid blue tablecoths, not white with an overlay. My friend thinks it’s too much going on. I think as long as I don’t have white tablecloths and chair covers, I should be good.