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Rent gold chiavari chairs or keep white folding?

Bride2Be, on December 30, 2020 at 11:09 AM Posted in Planning 1 19
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I’m at a debate with myself on if I should keep the white folding chairs my venue comes with (they also provide white linens and silver silverware) OR if I should rent gold chiavari chairs that would cost $1050. Or if I should just change the linens? The reception is in a white tent which I’m wanting to do garlands of greenery and string lights like the picture below (my vision pic) but I’m worried about there being TOO much white! And if I get gold chairs, wouldn’t I need to rent gold silverware? Wouldn’t it clash otherwise? Or would no one really notice that? The white chair picture below is of the actual venue and chairs from another wedding and it just doesn’t seem elevated enough. Like it needs more. I also plan on doing greenery in the middle of the tables with candles and lanterns as the centerpieces.


I just don’t know how to justify spending money on chairs when they are provided but idk how to combat all the white. The venue’s tables are the plastic ones so they HAVE to be covered with a tablecloth. My wedding colors are dusty blue, baby pink and sage green. Should I just get the gold chairs? Or work with the white ones somehow? Any ideas?Rent gold chiavari chairs or keep white folding? 1Rent gold chiavari chairs or keep white folding? 2

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Latest activity by Kali, on January 5, 2021 at 3:18 PM
  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa ·
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    Personally, I wouldn't spend that much to upgrade the chairs (unless it were from metal folding chairs to super comfy chairs). However, if it's in your budget and matches your vision to do the gold chairs, I say go for it! Otherwise, one thing you could do instead is get some gold table runners to add on each table! That would add more color, and would be way cheaper than upgrading the chairs.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle Online ·
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    Keep the folding chairs and regular silverware. No one will notice or care about those things.
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  • Jamie
    Dedicated July 2021
    Jamie ·
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    I agree that people might not notice those details so much, but honestly love the way the white and green go together regardless. It has a very clean look to it and I feel like it'll really make all of your other colors stand out.
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    Master July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    I was in a very similar situation when we got married. Our venue provided chairs that I absolutely hated and I was so determined to get other chairs. However, our venue had an exclusive contract with a rental company which meant they were the only company that could provide other chairs. It would've been roughly the same cost you quoted for us to get different chairs or for us to rent chair covers from the rental company. My husband told me if it was really that important to me we could have rented the more expensive chairs, but after talking with his mom and my mom, I decided the cost wasn't worth it. Guests wouldn't really notice or care what the chairs looked like as long as they had something comfortable to sit in. I also didn't really notice or care about the chairs that because there were more things going on. Additionally, the money could be spent on more important things so while you might not be a huge fan of the white chairs, which I personally think are just fine, I wouldn't spend the extra money on upgrading them.

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  • Eri
    Super October 2020
    Eri ·
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    Is gold your accent metal color?

    Regardless, I wouldn't upgrade the chairs. They still look nice, and you can add a pop of color to the linens instead (through a runner, napkins, etc.).

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  • C
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    Cassidy ·
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    I’d stick with the chairs provided.
    Can you add a sash to add a small pop of color?
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  • B
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    Bride2Be ·
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    Maybe I could add pink or dusty blue sequined table linens that way the white chairs would pop in a good way
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  • Katie
    Rockstar August 2020
    Katie ·
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    Hi Bride2Be! Both styles of chairs are really beautiful so you’re not gonna go wrong either way. My reception was similar and we did the gold chairs. We were able to afford since we cut our guest list due to covid, so I totally get they are expensive. Due to covid, our venue did not allow plate chargers or open silverware (fear of germs landing on touch points). Our silverware was silver but wrapped in white napkins. For us the silverware made no difference. We had a tan table runner to help break up the white. In the end, I really loved how the gold chairs worked out. Here are photos to help compare. Hope this helps in whatever you decide ❤️💐
    Rent gold chiavari chairs or keep white folding? 3
    Rent gold chiavari chairs or keep white folding? 4


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  • B
    Dedicated August 2022
    Bride2Be ·
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    Wow thank you for the pictures! That really helps me envision it. I actually really love that so maybe I’ll get the chairs! I also didn’t think about having the silverware wrapped so the color won’t matter for the pictures lol I’m also hoping our guest list will not be the max and then the cost won’t really matter as much haha
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  • C
    Rockstar January 2019
    Cassidy ·
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    Yeah that would look nice and runners aren’t too expensive.
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  • T
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    Tiger Bride ·
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    Okay don't hate me! I 100% do not think chiavari chairs are worth an extra $1k. They look nice, but unless money is completely no object, there is so much more bang for your buck you could get with that much money - more food, late night snack, more alcohol, upgrade the photog/videog, TONS of stuff. The chairs you have now are the ones we're going with, they aren't even the ugly metal church-hall chairs. I would put some of the money toward linens if you want, and either save the rest or put it toward something you or the guests would enjoy more.

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  • B
    Dedicated August 2022
    Bride2Be ·
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    You have a VERY good point! We were gonna cut the videographer and when you put it like that I could probably squeeze one in!
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    The only way I would spend that much extra money to rent chairs is if they were absolutely hideous or super uncomfortable. The white chairs provided by your venue are definitely not hideous! So aesthetically, I think you are fine to leave the white chairs. Are they comfortable though? If they are hard, uncomfortable chairs then I could see wanting to spend the extra money to make sure you and your guests are comfortable.
    I also have to add in that although the chairs look nice, if they are really going to bother you (like, five years from now when you look at your wedding pictures you are still going to think I should have rented chairs!) then by all means rent the chairs you prefer aesthetically. I actually had the same internal battle regarding chairs. I have a certain vision in my head, and the color of the chairs provided by the venue are standing in the way of completely nailing that vision. I went back-and-forth on it a lot. Ultimately, I decided to just use the chairs provided. They aren’t ugly by any means, and they will be much more comfortable than the chairs I wanted to rent. And when I thought about whether chairs would still bother me five years from now, I had to admit they probably wouldn’t LOL
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  • B
    Dedicated August 2022
    Bride2Be ·
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    That’s a very good point. I’ll definitely keep that in mind!
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    Beginner March 2022
    Kimberly ·
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    Hi! Those vision pictures are lovely. I think the white chairs look great, though the gold look better. However I think the white chairs still pull off the entire look if you're not willing to pay the extra money. Additionally, I don't think you need to coordinate the silverware and chairs if you go with the gold chairs. Most people won't notice! Good luck!

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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    I personally wouldn't spend that much on chairs
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    I think the white chairs look good, and are much less noticeable than the Chivari.... Honestly, except for a couple of photos of the empty room (which you'll never really look at after the initial, "oh, look how beautiful the room looked!" reaction to the photos when you first get them), once guests are sitting in the chairs you won't even notice them. Also, personally, Chivari chairs are not at all comfortable, so I wouldn't use that as a reason to spend the extra money -- they are no better, and possibly less comfortable than the white chairs. I think all the white and greenery have a beautiful, light, classic elegance. If you want to break up the white, I agree with others that table runners, napkins, or chargers can do that effectively for a much lower cost. (I'm offering this opinion despite the fact that we paid extra to upgrade the chairs at daughter's wedding to gold Chivari because it was what she really wanted. Like I said, except for the "details photos" before the room was filled with guests, chairs are the last thing you'd notice in her 1100+ professional photos.... Smiley winking )

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle Online ·
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    I would save the money and keep the chairs white

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  • Kali
    Savvy November 2022
    Kali ·
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    Honestly no one is going to care about what your chairs look like. Put that money towards your honeymoon or increasing alcohol/photographer/DJ time/options instead

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