(Closed) To cover or not to cover….

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Newbee

I am in the same boat with you on this one….We are on a super tight budget, and it seems like an unnecessary expense.  However, after looking at pics with and without the covers, we decided we would cut corners on some other element b/c the chair covers made such a difference.   We are getting married on a rooftop terrace of an uptown hotel overlooking the city skyline, and will be using chair covers for the ceremony — They really do create a completely different feel for our venue and we decided it was worth the $.  I completely understand why you feel the way you do, and honestly, it might depend on your venue.  Definitely don’t think they are necessary…more a matter of your taste.  I’m not spending tons of money on flowers or other decorations, so the chair covers were one of the little elements I wanted to spruce up our day.

Bottom line:  On your big day, all eyes will be on you and your beau – not the chairs! 

Post # 4
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We ARE shelling out the extra $750 for chair covers as we fill it will decorate most of the room.  We are getting black chair covers with Champagne satin sashs.

I think it really depends on what the chairs originally look like…ours are teal/nasty blue from the 70’s.  🙂  So chair covers are a must for us!  And…I think it will add so much to the room, and do most of the decorating itself!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

nope, we’re skipping this!

in the beginning, i had 2 color schemes, one was a more "cool" palette and the other was a more "warm" palette. i chose the scheme that best fit the decor of our venue which means the banquet chairs work with the look and not against it.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I would argue against chair covers for you. I see from your profile and posts you are getting married in December in Canada. All your guests are going to be wearing winter coats to your wedding. The minute they get to your venue your chairs are going to be covered in coats and jackets and bags and people and stuff. So the beautiful chair covers will really only make an impact for the few minutes as everyone arrives, and after that the room will be full of people and their things and you won’t even notice the chairs anymore. Also, grey sounds like a nice neutral color and so not really worth the expense of covering up, especially if you are on a tight budget. 

No chair covers for me either, incidentally. Mine are white folding chairs made out of some sort of laminate material. Some are pretty banged up. They are not the nicest thing ever but they will do, and once there are people in the room no one will be paying attention to the chairs. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I am pretty much whatever about most stuff at the reception but I was adamant about the chairs. I don’t know why but the pretty chairs just look so much better. It sounds ridiculous even as I type this. If its in your budget and you really want it, I think you should do it for you. It would drive me crazy later when I saw pictures if I didn’t have the chairs.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m doing them… and the chairs even match the venue (in a good way).

ugly chairs are a major eyesore and I’d rather not have to feel sad about not getting them when I look back on photos.

Post # 10
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132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I can see both sides of this.  I really wanted chairs or chair covers myself.  When I was looking at venues I actually took pictures of the chairs at each so I would know.  In the beginning though I didn’t know how much we would actually be spending on the wedding and that my fiancee would get laid off.  So in the end for us we are not doing it.  Before I was a bride to be I can’t remember what anyones chairs looked like.  I had to look back in pictures just to remember.  If you have a big budget I am definitely for them but I don’t think necessary.  I do wish though for how much you pay for these venues they would splurge on the nicer chairs and make it easier for the bride.  The amount of money I am paying per person they could pay the $7 and own the nice banquet chairs!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

We’ve struggled with this question as well.  However, we will probably have a harvest table (is that what they are called?  Where the wedding party is in the middle of the room at a long table, so they can face each other), so to stand out a bit, we’ll probably do chair covers for the wedding party only.

It is a lot of extra money that can be put towards something else.  They do make the room look really classy though!

Post # 12
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49 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I can see not wanting them.  I was totally planning on NOT having chair covers at all – they just seemed like such a waste of money.  Only your butt really sees the chair!!

But of course, our florist has very reasonably priced covers, our reception site is old and the furniture isn’t very nice (the same kind of chair but a faded, worn paisley fabric), and even the simplest, cheapest covers make the most amazing difference in the room.  In total it’ll be around $400, and while I’m not made of money the bang-to-buck ratio is really high.  

Take a look at your room and if you can, find pictures with and without covers.  That might help!  

Post # 13
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Do you think venues buy ugly chairs on purpose to milk more money out of venue-renters in the form of chair cover fees? Has anyone ever been to a venue where the chairs were really nice to begin with?

Post # 14
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103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

I’m not a fan of chair covers, so unless you hate it, or it completely clashes, I wouldn’t.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I am not a fan of chair covers, they always look sloppy to me. But, I’m also not a fan of ugly chairs! How much more to rent nicer chairs that don’t have to be covered? 😉 Kidding.

I would go with the covers if the chairs totally clash with your decor. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

I say definitely go for the chair covers.  I went to a wedding this summer that didn’t have hair covers.  The chairs where pretty much what discribed except they were a light brown color.  They actually kinda sorty fit the color scheme but seriously,  I walked in the room and my first thought was "omg those chairs are aweful".  And through out the night I heard people talking about it.  And every person who sees pics from that wedding always goes "omg there’s no chair covers".  I think chair covers can totally change the feel of the whole room so I think they’re definitely worth it.  Good lukc with your decision.

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