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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    peachybride 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:52 pm

    I actually really like them in that setting! Sure, they contrast with the rustic aura of the church a bit, but I at the same time I like how they are almost invisible, so that you really appreciate the church structure and they just literally fade into the background! I think if you try to decorate them too much, you might end up losing some of that focus on the beautiful church itself!

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    Madeleine, Guest @ 1:54 pm

    I see what you mean, but I actually think the chairs look great because they just disappear into the space. If I were you I would focus on the other decorations you care about — especially the aisle and altar area — and then the chairs really will just disappear in comparison to those decorations. It’s a gorgeous venue!

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    mamahusky3 1342 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:54 pm

    i agree with you that they don’t fit the vibe of the church….but i wouldn’t want to spend a ton of money spicing them up either….i think if you do some aisle decor along the end chairs facing the center aisle, along with maybe some sort of floor runner – that will help….once everyone is there and seated, you probly won’t notice the chairs much (hopefully)….good luck!! wish i had more advice….

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    crayfish 10384 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 1:55 pm

    I really, really, REALLY wanted those chairs. Guess how much they are to rent in SO Cal:

    $25/chair (plus delivery, service charge, and setup fees)


    That didn’t happen…but they would have fit in perfectly with my contemporary art museum wedding.

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    Madeleine, Guest @ 1:55 pm

    And I don’t mean the aisle and altar area need gussying up — just that if you were going to decorate anything, that would focus attention strictly on you guys.

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    klachance18 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:56 pm

    @peachybride: That’s exactly what I was thinking. Well said!

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    klachance18 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:57 pm

    @peachybride: That’s exactly what I was thinking. Well said!

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    kamiie 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:59 pm

    I really like them in the space…Even for a rustic vibe…If you lined the aisles with large multi-sized candles that might “rustic-fy” it a lttle bit, but I think they are awesome no matter what the setting…so jealous!

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    mdarrah 1205 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:03 pm

    I agree with peachybride! And, once people sit in them, only the backs of the back row will show up in photos. So if you absolutely feel you must do something to them, I’d only do it to the back row and maybe the vertical row that lines the aisle. Anything else is going to get too busy and distract. And yes, you are overthinking it, but thats a brides prerogative! :)

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    pookiepie 317 posts, Helper bee @ 2:06 pm

    the church is beautiful, the transparent chairs would not be noticeable anymore once your guests will be seating on them of course. put flowers in the altar and some candles, it will be so gorgeous!:)

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    Misslizzy 282 posts, Helper bee @ 2:15 pm

    @peachybride: I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:16 pm

    @pookiepie: This is what I was going to say :) The setting is gorgeous and once the seats are filled you won’t notice.

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    kaybee 630 posts, Busy bee @ 2:32 pm

    I agree, once people are sitting in the chairs you will never notice the chairs. Our chairs were mismatched and you couldn’t tell from pictures once the guest were seated.

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    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:33 pm

    I think everyone is right in saying that nobody will notice once the seats are filled! I wish I had an amazing idea to help spruce them up a bit, but alas, I do not! I think your guest will spruce them up just fine!

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    Viviana, Guest @ 3:08 pm

    I see what you mean that it doesn’t really match the area although they are really cool! What time of year is the wedding? Maybe you can get some potted branches to line the aisle with to make it more rustic. That way that will be more of a focal point rather than the chairs. I’m sure that no one would think twice about it…it’s the little things that drive us brides nuts! Best of luck!

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    Ms. Martian 2271 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:11 pm

    I actually really love the juxtaposition of the old and new!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:12 pm

    Miss C, i’ll trade you your ghost chairs for my chivari chairs any day….I. LOVE. YOUR. CHAIRS.

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    AT, Guest @ 3:17 pm

    Those chairs will really “disappear” if you leave them alone. Decorating them, especially with stuff that doesn’t quite “go” with them, may create its own problem. People who notice chairs will understand that is a very desirable chair! But mostly people won’t see them–they are so neutral. I would put my efforts into other decor projects that you can have total control over and make them shine!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:23 pm

    I also like how subtle the ghost chairs look in the space! If you’re allowed to have candlelight, I think they’ll look even more ethereal and reflect the light in a very pretty way. :)

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    mightywombat 4878 posts, Honey bee @ 3:51 pm

    Oh man, I LOVE how they look in that space!!

    (Sorry, I realize this is unhelpful.)

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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 276 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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