Chair Improvement Help

Mr. Caro and I will be celebrating our wedding in a converted church. It took us a while to find the right ceremony venue but we are very happy about our final choice: we think this church has a great intimate vibe and it fits our style perfectly.

The only thing I do not like about it is”¦ the transparent chairs”¦

Church photo 1 from Melsinea Viaggi, Church photo 2 from Weddings Brescia

Don’t get me wrong: I think transparent chairs look really chic and cool in the right ambiance! I just don’t think the intimate and historic atmosphere of the church fits well with those stylish contemporary chairs for our wedding”¦

Renting new chairs or chair covers is out of the question. I don’t dislike those chairs so much to be able to justify spending money on them. However if I could find an easy and cheap way to make them look just a bit nicer, that would be great!! Do you have any ideas on how those chairs could be decorated to help them fit better in the church for a more rustic wedding vibe? Or do you think they look nice, and I’m over-thinking it?

And as quid pro quo, here is a selection of my personal favorites when it comes to chair decor. Unfortunately none of these ideas fit the form of the chairs above, but I hope you can find them useful!

Wedding Chair decor

Image 1: Shipwrecked wedding photo shoot by Canvas and Canopy Events, photographed by Elizabeth Messina, via Green Wedding Shoes; Image 2: Engagement session by Tonya Joy Photography and Kristina Kendig Design via Forget Me Knot Weddings; Image 3: Chair with satin ribbon via This is Glamorous; Image 4: Wedding programs chair decor via Martha Stewart Weddings; Image 5: Paper and Old Books photo shoot decor by Outstanding Occasions, photographed by Milena Sefferovich via Green Wedding Shoes; Image 6: by All Things Lovely; Image 7: Vintage inspired photo shoot by Simply and Forever, photographer by Untamed Heart Photography, via Elizabeth Anne Designs


Miss Carousel

Dusseldorf, Germany/Garda, Italy
Wedding Date:
September 2011
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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 4:42 pm

    @peachybride: Yes I see what you mean, they do fade quite a bit! I never thought of it that way!
    @Madeleine: We’ve already decided some great aisle decor but are still evaluating for the altar… We’re thinking some sort of backdrop, but not too dramatic!
    @MamaHusky3: I totally agree, not worth extra money!

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 4:48 pm

    @crayfish: Wow I cannot believe that price!! It’s… it’s the cost of a meal! Of a car rental! Can’t believe that’s what they ask for a chair! I can imagine the disappointment, they would be perfect in a museum, but the price is ridiculous!
    @kamiie: Love the idea, yes it might work!!!
    @mdarrah: Lol never thought of it as a prerogative, but you’re totally right!

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 4:58 pm

    @pookiepie, Miss Elephant, kaybee, Miss Seal: I just hope none of the guests will wear low rise pants if you know what I mean…
    @Viviana: It’s in September – and it’s funny as we will decor the aisle in a way that is very similar to what you just recommended!
    @Ms. Martian: Yes it’s true, it does contrast and create an interesting effect…

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 5:00 pm

    @Miss Ostrich: Lol and I would gladly accept!!
    @AT: True, I might actually make the problem worse by trying to solve it!
    @Miss Tartlet: I have no idea if it’s allowed, but I’ll definitely ask! I agree, it would come out beautiful!
    @mightywombat: That’s totally not unhelpful, it makes me feel better that not everyone sees them in a negative light!

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    Megsjohns 4 posts, Wannabee @ 5:35 pm

    Ethereal is definitely the right word- I think the chairs look amazing in the venue because a. you don’t really notice them so instead your eye is drawn upward to the beautiful church and b. they really do look ethereal and…I don’t want to say ghostly because it has such negative connotations, but ghostly in a historical, peaceful sense. I feel like your guests will feel like they have stepped into this other magical world and the chairs fit in perfectly with that!

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    Shea_Butter 75 posts, Worker bee @ 9:12 pm

    you’re over thinking it! And I mean that in a nice way =)
    They totally disappear in the pics and you’re left with nothing to look at but the GORGEOUS venue!

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 12:15 am

    Those are my dream chairs! For a about a month i actually was delusional to think we could afford them but then reality hit and i “settled” for white chivari’s

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:29 am

    Could you adorn the ghost chairs with a burlap sash and flat bow around the lower back? I must admit, I’m a little jealous as I loved those chairs when I spotted them in 2008 on vacation.

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    Freeze Pops 82 posts, Worker bee @ 1:11 pm

    I’m in the “keep ‘em” crowd.

    You think they’ll clash with your rustic vibe, but they totally fit. Decorate around them and you’ll see it all come together.

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 1:31 pm

    @Megsjohns: Wow that’s a beautiful way of looking at it! Thank you for the comment, now every time I’ll look at the church I’ll think of the magical ethereal atmosphere!
    @Shea_Butter: Thanks for the reassurance!
    @Miss Cotton Candy: I am so surprised at hearing how much they cost!

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 1:34 pm

    @Miss Pain au Chocolat: That is an interesting idea, thank you! I doubt I’ll find burlap sash in Italy as it’s not so popular as it is in the States so I’ll check out my American resources!
    @Freeze Pops: Yes it’s really a crowd, I guess I’m too critical sometimes!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:53 pm

    I think they will look great if you use something to define the aisle. Then your eye will be pulled away from chairs (because they don’t look bad, just different) and focused on your aisle.

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 4:30 am

    @Mrs. Meerkat: I’ll definitely run that through with my florist, thanx!

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    canuckbee 323 posts, Helper bee @ 7:41 pm

    What about buying chair covers and then reselling them? This might be difficult for a destination wedding but here are some links that may help

    Prices start at about $2 a chair…

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