Okay, back to my chair epiphany! During our tasting I came to the realization that chiavari chairs are not comfortable to sit in AT ALL!!! After an hour of sitting on these beauties my future hubby had to stand up. I was constantly fidgeting and shifting my weight from one side to the other as my butt fell asleep. As beautiful as they are I think I am going to part with my beloved chiavari chair and opt for something more comfortable. I couldn't even sit in my chair comfortably for an hour. How do I expect my guests to sit there in agony for 1 1/2 to 2 hours?!? Even with the seat cushion the chair just was unbearably uncomfortable!
So, here is my new chair (well kind of):
The chairs will be in a dark brown that matches the wood floors and the seat cushions, which are quite cushy and comfy, will by a champagne color. Oh, and this picture is of the ballroom at the Scottish Rite Cathedral so you can kind of visualize how that will look. These chairs are MUCH more comfortable and still look pretty great. I would rather sacrifice a little bit of look for the comfort of my guests! Oh, and the best part - the chairs do not cost me anything because the SRC already owns them! I just have to pay for the cushion covers.
Lesson Learned - Make sure you test out the seats that your guests will be sitting in. You could have the most beautiful, fun-filled wedding but if your guests aren't comfortable the beauty and fun may not be noticed as much by your guests.
I have talked about the chiavari chair and the chair I am going with which will only have a simple seat cushion cover so here are some other options that are out there-
If you want something unique, check out Chameleon Chairs. There is a plethora (yes I used the term plethora) of options and styles that are offered. The company is not located in all cities, mostly the major cities. And I am not sure how the pricing on these chairs compare.
Chair rental costs can range from $1.25 for a simple plastic, folding chair to $14 or more for a straight-backed wood ballroom chairs with padded seat cushions. Chair covers can range from $2 for a polyester chair cover to $8 or more for a satin-like material. Some companies will throw in the sash with the chair cover rental but others will charge extra for sash's especially if you want a specific color other than white. These prices can range from free with chair cover rental to $3 or more per sash. After doing the math one can see how quickly things can add up! Oh, and if you want someone else to put those covers on there is usually a 'labor' fee that is tacked onto your total. And just when you think you are done you have to consider table linen rentals and place setting rentals. Some venues may include these but others do not. And if you want something to tie in with a theme or color theme then you will be forking over more cash for that perk. (Note: my averages are based on vendors in Indiana so averages may vary from state to state)
I now can understand why I felt so overwhelmed at the tasting. I had to consider the food selections, the chairs, the chair covers, the linens, and the place settings! Oh my goodness! Were you overwhelmed too?!? Good luck to all who are currently going through this process or will be going through this process in the future. It definitely can be tough when trying to stick to a budget!
Have a great Thursday!