Beautiful Pictures: How Much Are They Worth?

We met with our planner this weekend and had a long talk about chiavari chairs. At first, I’ll admit—I felt like she and Mr. B were ganging up on me; saying things like “do we really need these chairs?” and “we really can’t afford these chairs.” Pavaune even tried the old, “can you even see the chair I’m sitting in right now?” I could, so that didn’t work! What did work was the realization that my obsession comes from a very deep desire to have beautiful pictures.

Finally, the light bulb went off when one of them said, “You’re going to spend $700 for a few pictures.” That really struck me, because we’re already paying quite a bit for beautiful pictures. We splurged to hire an amazing photographer and it’s so hard to justify (or find the money for) another splurge; again, having to do with the pictures.

So, I finally got it. I finally started to let go. I said goodbye to my beloved chiavari chairs. All until I came across this picture, and my heart sank! A tear might as well have rolled down my cheek. How gorgeous does this look?

Wedding Chair signs MR. and MRS. or  BRIDE AND GROOM  ...6 in.  X 12 inches.. Can be done with JUST MARRIED or THANK YOU and in your wedding colors.


The pink and green, which are our colors, really caught my attention, but it’s the chairs in this picture that I adore. I LOVE this look. It’s SO elegant, and perfect for our venue…but NOT for our budget.

Sigh. :(

I’m sorry to bring this up yet again, but just when I thought I was over it, I fell right back in the trap.

Beautiful pictures. How much are they really worth? What are you having a hard time getting over that you can’t afford to have at your wedding? How did you ultimately give it up?


Mrs. Brooch

Arlington, VA
Wedding Date:
April 2011
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    iwantweddingchampagne 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:39 am

    You made the right decision, and you will be very happy that you have that $8xevery-guest money for something else, hopefully something very enjoyable or useful for you and mr. brooch.

    Your wedding will still be beautiful without them! Don’t worry, you have great taste! :)

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    lolo7835 645 posts, Busy bee @ 11:41 am

    I had this exact same realization the other day (and actually@Kemi82JP YES I would miss that $700-$1500 after the wedding). Same goes with pin tuck table cloths. MAN oh MAN I want those things. But after crunching the budget and moving stuff around, there still wasn’t room for them. Unless I wanted to get rid of having our photographer at our tea ceremony on Friday and I NEED that, not just want it.

    While some may argue that ‘details all matter’ I tried to think about what I would be really upset by not having the day after the wedding. No open bar? Yup. No photobooth that I’ve wanted since 8th grade? Yup. No rave light sticks to hand out to guests? Meh….. Chairs? Nope. Even you notice it the day of, unless you are going to be really upset about it afterwards ala @Kemi82JP then I would say let them go.

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    guess26grl, Guest @ 1:49 pm

    I’m also one who is partial to chevari chairs and I was lucky enough that my venue actually supplies them for no additional cost however you have to ask yourself how many of the pictures are really going to show the chairs. Most likely you will have your photographer zoom in on the floral arrangements and table numbers with place settings. The chairs will probably just be blurred in the background. Then there will be a few action shots during speeches and you and your husband sitting at the table so it will be rare that the chair is the focal point of your pictures. I have had similar issues with other items such as transportation. I really wanted a trolley to transport us to the church after our pictures but when the woman told me it would be $1800 I really could not do it just for a total of 30min of transportation and a few awesome pics. You may just have to pick and choose your battles and come to terms with the fact that it may not be worth the money. What are your other options for chairs?

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    Suz, Guest @ 9:21 pm

    Seriously, after your wedding is done and the photos are in, there will be 4-5 of your favorites that will be framed, hung, given out as gifts. The rest will stay in your photo album/on your PC and will rarely, if ever, see the the light of day again. And as lovely as your inspiration picture is, it doesn’t even have the bride and groom, or anybody for that matter, in it. In five years, you won’t give two plug nickles about the chairs people sat on for a few short hours.

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 8:37 am

    @Suz: Oh man oh man. If one thinks of it like that, it does make sense. I would be framing only 2 or 3 pictures and that’s it. I probably wouldn’t be busting the album out at every chance I get. Yep, chevari chairs….um…nah!

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    jsk, Guest @ 9:01 am

    i had the same chiavari vs. banquet chairs debate. can’t justify the cost for the chiavari chairs, so we’re getting the white folding chairs instead (1/3 the price of the chiavari!), which i’m told by our caterer will just “disappear” in the space.

    good luck!

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    Courtnee 153 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:21 am

    The detail shot of the reception venue will be one or two shots in your wedding album–hardly worth the extra cost. You can still have beautiful chairs though. We rented white garden chairs (for a third of the cost of chiavari chairs) and I went to and bought sash’s for 99 cents each to tie around the back of chairs. This was a much cheaper option.

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:00 pm

    Okay, this may be a stupid question – but the photo you used is of the bride and groom chairs, right? What if you had two “special” chairs for just you and Mr. B?

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    Brooke, Guest @ 2:01 pm

    I got married three months ago, and I am SO grateful for the pictures I have. I look back on at least one of them every day. They are what my mother has framed in her house, and what my grandparents (who couldn’t make it to the ceremony) use to imagine they were there. Totally worth every penny.

    I have NO idea what the chairs we sat in looked like. There are multiple pictures of the table at the reception, and not once did I notice what the chairs were.

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    ebmarshall 112 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:08 pm

    I got married three months ago, and I am SO grateful for the pictures I have. I look back on at least one of them every day. They are what my mother has framed in her house, and what my grandparents (who couldn’t make it to the ceremony) use to imagine they were there. Totally worth every penny.

    I have NO idea what the chairs we sat in looked like. There are multiple pictures of the table at the reception, and not once did I notice what the chairs were.

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    OctPumpkin 593 posts, Busy bee @ 5:19 pm

    Bottom line, beautiful pictures are priceless. You only have one shot at the day. But if you pay attention to details and splurge on a GREAT photographer, your pictures will be beautiful with or without the chivari chairs. My pictures were magically beautiful and we had the standard white chairs. You don’t even notice.

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    splatt11x 208 posts, Helper bee @ 2:08 pm

    Where did you get this picture? This VERY much looks like my brothers wedding! The colors, the tables, down to the floors and sign on the back of their chairs..the If not, this is an IDENTICAL look, its scary. I am stealing their ideas with their flowers, chairs, and “Mr” and “Mrs”, but with my touch of course.

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    ella, Guest @ 1:40 am

    Honey, I guarantee you will not care about the chairs at your wedding. As long as you choose something that does not grate on your eyes, it won’t matter! The only thing I look at in the pictures of my wedding any more (1 1/2 years later) is the people. If I could go back and do it again, I can tell you the things I would have spent less time on: invitations, flowers, cake, etc. (Things I spent no time on and did not regret: programs, table settings, favors, chairs). Really, in retrospect the only important thing was the ceremony, the dances, the moments with friends and family. I promise!! Let yourself be happy in this moment, it is your wedding.

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    A Wedding Planner...., Guest @ 10:07 am

    I understand your hesitation with regards to your budget, but I even moreso understand your desire to have a beautiful wedding. This is your one wedding day, to have everything that you dreamt of. Just as many people say is 1 picture worth $700, I wonder if your happiness and overall look for your wedding is really going to be sacrificed over $700. For $700 you are talking about a major upgrade in the overall look of your wedding. In the most humble way I can possibly say this, I am a professional wedding planner who has been featured in numerous magazines, websites, and television shows. I say that to say, I deal with what I consider to be major or minor changes to the overall look of rooms based on budget every day. There are a lot of things I would recommend to my clients to compromise on, but chairs would NEVER, EVER be that thing. Yes, you may see one picture, but you and your guests will walk in and notice immediately what your choice was. A room full of x number of chairs definitely changes the overall look of the room (say in comparison to the choice of napkin colors). Regardless of whether your guests knowingly care, if the room is nice, they will immediately walk into the room and think “wow this is beautiful”. If they don’t, what was the point in spending all that money on every other decor item in the room. Keep in mind one of our tricks of the trade, chairs and linens are always the easiest answers to giving a major upgrade to a room without breaking the bank. Of course, I am not saying go broke over chairs, but I think if it’s feasible GO FOR IT!!!!!!

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