Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Chair Dilemma

It's what takes the reception up a notch. A gorgeous chair. As many of you know, I have this thing for amazing furniture, especially chairs. (evidence 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; i think you get the idea) When I image my dream reception site it looks a-bit-a-like-a-this:
The good news: I'm almost there with the venue; mine has gorgeous architectural woodwork and a pretty view. However, the chairs the venue offers (dun-dun-duuunn):

The classic brown, metal folding chair. What's a girl to do? I looked up chair rental prices from our local rental place.

"I'm sorry? What was that? You want to charge me $2.50-$6.75 per chair? Are you out of your freakin' mind?" Who can afford that with an a guest list around 200? Not this girl, that's for sure.

"What's another option? A super cool, stretchy, condom-like chair cover? Oh yes; send them right over because I want to pay $4 a piece for those." So, I hit my beloved pinterest for inspiration. I'm happy with some images I found but I'm still not sure the best solution.

Do I go all out and plan for each chair to have pretty curls? This seems like a lot of last minute work that I may not have time for. Or keep it rustic and simple? I would use a bit of burlap and a bit of lace tied in a knot. Not as much work so it's more realistic. Or stick with my streamer decor and tie it to each chair like this ribbon one? Again on that time thing... Or attach tissue paper flowers? 200 flowers is a lot of tissue paper (about 1,600 to be exact).

What do you think people? Which do you like best? Which seems most do-able? Talk about it below.



  1. Since they are blah-tan metal chairs, i would keep with a rustic look and use burlap. The two materials-metal and burlap, are kinda complementary. The lace would add a soft wedding touch to them. You could easily do every other chair to save money/time and it would create a more visually interesting room.

  2. Also, I love all these chair ideas but these chairs are beautiful in their own way without the decor! How dare these lucky brides with pretty chairs cover them!!! ;)

  3. I agree that you should probably stay rustic. The plastic chairs are pretty tacky in my opinion. They actually manage to make the room look more cluttered because of the reflections and all.

    I think the burlap would be nice, the only this is that if you have the gray brown instead of the wood brown - the colors are not really complimentary. Gray brown is way to 'cool' for the 'warm' brown burlap.

    Is there a way to get some dirt cheap pillow cases or something that you can drape over the top of the chair then do the burlap or ribbon or something around that?

    ...and yes - the reason the others are nice is because they are nice chairs.

  4. Lovin' it guys.

    @Meg you are so right! I can't imagine doing anything to chairs that are already gorgeous.

    @Klinker burlap comes in several "colors" so I would probably take a chair to the fabric shop with me to purchase. i'm sure their is a burlap that will look ok. and the pillow case idea could work if i could find them for next to nothing as long as they fit the chair nicely.

  5. I kind of like the idea of the flower but I'd have to see an example to really know if that's what is best.

  6. Definitely upgrade from those chairs you have, esp. because that is an UNREAL upcharge for chairs that cost like 1 dollar at Dollar General. But in all seriousness, you don't need to spend a lot of money on chairs. Like the photos you have above, just deck them out and you'll be fine!

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