(Closed) WHO’S RIGHT??

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The importance of chari covers is probably different to every bride. 

My personal taste is that they can be annoying to sit on and an unnecessary expense.  Once a reception venue is full of people, it’s much much less noticeable.
But if the feel of your reception is really important to you and the chairs your venue offers really clash, than chair covers might be the best option for you.

When it comes to wedding decisions like this (the "little, but not so little" details, I think it’s important to take a step back and look at the big picture.  If you compromise on some things, there’s a good chance your fiance will be willing to compromise on the things that are most important to you.  Just get to the heart of the matter (is it the expense of the chair covers, or just the idea?)

Post # 4
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

have you got a pic of the chairs? do they need covering?

what about a compromise and just a tulle sash around the chair back to tie in with your scheme


Post # 6
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Neither of your are "right."  You just both have opinions.  

If you’re wondering what the opinion is of people in the hive maybe you could try a survey post.  But ultimately if that’s not what you’re looking for then I think it just comes down to a compromise between the two of you.

Post # 7
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I don’t know how prices are in Ohio, but that is a great budget for a 350 person wedding here. I know it can be frustrating b/c I also have a very involved groom, but I just try to tell myself that in the end the day will really represent the 2 of us and he won’t feel like it was a party for me that he was invited to. To get my way on things it helps Mr Frenchie to have a lot of visual aids… have you shown him pictures of the chair cover at other weddings?

Post # 8
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Oh don’t fight!

Its a silly fight I have to tell you! and with a year to go, I think you should breath – or else you two will be ripping each others head off if you’re already fighting about chair covers.

As a person who isisn’t getting chair covers (but getting rediclously expensive chairs) I can understand where you are coming from, but I also do see where he is coming from as well because I KNOW people won’t care what my chairs looked like in a year from now, a month after, or even a day after my wedding!

I think you should sit down, and rationalize it. Don’t fight! if it fits in your budget then why not, if not then maybe reconsider and put the money into something else that both you and your Fiance will love! (you might be happier in the end)

Post # 9
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Chair covers are a lot of things, but defintiely NOT worth fighting over.  We’re budgeting 20k in central IL for about 200 guests.  It’s a very flexible budget for our area, but I have to say that chair covers did not fit in it.

I used the budget tool on the Knot to give me an idea of how that $ needed to be broken down.  It will give you a guideline of what things "should" cost in general.  It’s been incredibly helpful so far!

Post # 10
7 posts

I understand wanting everything to look a certain way, but I have to be honest…you’re probably the only ones who would remember the chair covers.  We wanted to get table covers that would match my dress better (the linens provided were white, my dress was ivory and I didn’t want it to look dirty in comparison with the table linens).  Then I got the price estimate and we scratched it, didn’t think it was worth it.  And I’m glad because everything ended up looking perfect just the way it was.

Post # 11
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Personally, I think chair covers are a bit silly. Yeah, people will remember that the chairs were covered…but my mom went to a wedding where they used satin, and the chairs were fantastically slippery.

Post # 12
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I can say that there is no need to fight or bicker over chair covers. My Fiance and I have had a difference of opinions on the chair covers too. He believes it is an unnecessary expense which I feel is true if the chairs were half decent. Our chairs look like they were made in the turn of the century (and not the 21st). They just looked pretty beat up and they are a dark brown which clashed with the black, white and red theme. Bad enough I have to contend with dark mustard yellow walls, I just wanted the decor to mesh.

So I see where you are coming from. There has to be compromises on both ends. Most importantly, make sure it fits in your budget. If they don’t, then you should really think about his request.

Good luck!

Post # 13
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Personally, I never pay attention to chairs, but that’s just me. But if it is really important to you, explain your reasons why to your fiance. Maybe he won’t budge on chair covers but maybe you can get him to budge on something else. Compromise is the name of the wedding planning game.

@frenchbulldog-Where I’m at in the sticks of Ohio, $9000 is very pricey! That’s twice my whole wedding budget! But I don’t know about the bigger cities of Columbus, Cleveland, or Cincinnatti. Could be very reasonable.

Post # 14
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m in Stl and my budget came in at $18500 (which i’ll post on once i get pics). Our venue (including ceremony, reception, food, DJ, chairs, etc) came up to about 11,000 of that.

Just some food for thought.

I didn’t have chair covers–nobody noticed, cared, or expected them. Honestly, with all those people milling around, you won’t notice them. Whereas, in an empty room, you go "oh they look so nice!" and they sure do. Our location, despite the fact that I didn’ tpay for chair bows, left the tulle bows on. I noticed when I walked in (i wanted to make sure we didn’t get charged extra), but honestly, no big deal. Whatever that cost of chair covers, $400 maybe right? you could use that money to upgrade the bar and perhaps offer a liquor your Fiance really loves, like a nice scotch for him and his groomsmen or something. 

I think your Fiance just wants his opinion considered and wants to feel apart of it. Men always think things like chair covers are unnecessary anyways, they don’t get it =]

Post # 15
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Eh — I don’t realize notice whether chairs or covered or not. Seems like an unnecessary expense to me.

I like the idea of compromising with a sash. Does this appeal to you?

Post # 16
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I think that if they are really important to you and you are giving in to everything else he requests, you should have them.

Everyone keeps telling me that I don’t need chair covers, but I am getting them damnit!  No, it’s not super cheap (about $620 for 200 chairs), but we can afford it and I think that it will look really nice.  Our venue chairs are hard blue plastic and our wedding colors are black, white and fuschia w/a touch of damask.  Please tell me that no one will notice that!?!

Anyway, it is a personal choice, but I think you deserve to have a say in at least a few aspects of your wedding! 🙂

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