Chair Dance

I’m not referring to this kind of chair dance (although it is awesome).

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The one I’m talking about is more proverbial. It has to do with these:

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Our venue comes with chairs. For free. Well, not free, but they’re included in the venue’s rental price. Here’s what they look like.

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Fun fact: This is the first photo in my “wedding planning” photo folder.

They’re not great. Certainly not as pretty as these gorgeous chiavari chairs (as seen in our venue).

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Sigh. So pretty.

After seeing the “free” blue chairs and then plenty of wedding porn featuring chiavari chairs, we asked our caterer to include chiavari chairs in the estimate.

They were over $1,200.

That’s a lot of money, but we told ourselves it would be worth it to make our venue look that much prettier. It would put that extra-special touch on our reception. It would be worth saving money somewhere else to pay for them.

I told myself that we needed the chairs for a couple of months. Then I realized it was ridiculous. No one’s going to notice the chairs. Well, maybe some people will, but the vast majority of our guests will just sit on them. Do we really need to spend over $1,200 on something people will just sit on? That money could be spent on extra hours of photography or more food. Besides, the blue chairs aren’t so bad. They’re Notre Dame colors, and they look pretty good in these pictures.

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Photo by Mattson Pictures via Style Me Pretty

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That pesky WIC can really sneak up on you sometimes, but I’m glad we realized that free chairs are perfectly fine. And if I ever doubt my decision, the good people over at A Practical Wedding always have my back.

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A Practical Wedding

Did you get sucked into the black hole of pretty chairs? Or was your WIC black hole something else?

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Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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    priyathescientist 1513 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:26 pm

    The WIC is a b*tch. I totally agree. But, those blue chairs look VERY comfortable. And, your guests will be using them to sit and eat. So, I wouldn’t worry about those Chiavari chairs (*le dreamy sigh*) too much. You’re better off without them $1200 better.

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    Mrs. Lyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 2:37 pm

    Chiavari chairs are one of the things I never knew existed before Weddingbee. I couldn’t tell you if any of the weddings I’ve ever been to have had them – I don’t know what type of chairs my venue has – but it’s kinda like the chandeliers to me, if YOU notice them, then you will notice it, no matter what. I think any chair you have will be wonderful, and your venue is gorgeous!

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    Scc6a 961 posts, Busy bee @ 3:00 pm

    I think this was a good decision! There’s nothing wrong with the blue ones at all, and I wouldn’t want to pay that much extra for chairs either. We got lucky because our venue has chivari chairs already that they use for all of their events. We are renting two extra chairs for about $40 for ourselves because the place we rented our tablecloths from had these super awesome clear chivari chairs. Wish we could rent them for everyone!

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    sundaylouu 26 posts, Newbee @ 7:22 pm

    The chairs at our venue are similar and a big part of me wants chair covers, but it would add an extra $300-$400 and I know that I would kick myself spending money on something that won’t truly matter in end. I would much rather spend that money on something more important like a good dj. Don’t worry about the chairs. I’m sure none of your guests are going to care.

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:38 am

    The chairs we would have had were teal – and they just didn’t look that great – I kept telling myself it wasn’t worth the money but then I thought about all the money I am spending on other things and I searched for an economical alternative. I covered them! But at a decent price.. I was able to find 200 sleek fit covers with organza sash and it looked perfect.

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 8:33 am

    Our venue included Chiavari chairs as standard. Or standard for the room we’re in. I believe their larger room have different chairs, and I have no idea if they let you use the Chiavair chairs if you’re in the other room. But some of the other venues we looked it did charge you extra to use them. And if they weren’t included there’s no way I could justify the cost of them to my fiance.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:57 am

    Sigh. The biggest battle with myself currently is over chair covers. I swear I go back and forth 900 times a day. Currently, I’m in ‘yes’ mode but it’s so hard to justify $800 for something that’s going to be sat and tooted on. . .but then I see the pictures and I’m reminded why I’m conflicted. SIGH, again.

    I support your decision, btw. I love the blue chairs.

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