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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    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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