Guide to Wedding Chairs

**PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT RENT CHAIRS** We are merely offering a guide to what types are chair are available through other rental companies and typical for weddings.

Don’t laugh… yes, this is a post about chairs! More often than not, brides care a wee bit about the chairs their guests will sit on (for a mere 3 – 4 hours) at their wedding. It sounds a bit ridiculous, but in terms of aesthetics, chairs can make a difference! Here is a glossary of chair options in order of their affordability, at least in the Chicago area.

BANQUET CHAIRS This is typically the type of chair that is included with many hotel and venue packages. Quite a tragedy in my opinion… the ones pictured below are actually halfway decent! I’ve seen some horrendous ones in my day… Source 1, 2, 3

CHAIR COVERS I admit, that spandex cover on the left kinda scares me! But, when done right, chair covers make the typical banquet chair a little more presentable. Source 1, 2, 3

PADDED FOLDING CHAIR These folding chairs are available in a variety of colors and are especially popular for outdoor ceremonies. They would work well in a rustic, more casual venue. For example, they would not look quite right in an upscale hotel, but would look perfectly at home in a loft/warehouse space. Source 1, 2, 3

Fruitwood Versailles Chair
Fruitwood Versailles Chair
Gold Versailles Chair
Gold Versailles Chair

VERSAILLES CHAIR aka OPERA CHAIR I like these chairs as much as I like the chiavari chair (see below) Source 1, 2

CHIAVARI CHAIRS The classic, ubiquitous wedding chair that many brides lust after (not an exaggeration in many cases, I confess I did too!). Available in many colors and sometimes two types of padding – the one on the far left is more like a harder pad versus the other two which are cushion-like. They are called different things by different companies, so be sure to check what your rental company offers. Source 1, 2, 3

CHAMELEON CHAIR These are sleek and sexy and would look fabulous in a more contemporary setting! Rental is costly but if you can swing it… All chairs from CPR

GHOST CHAIR Ahhh, the ghost chair is coveted not only for weddings, but also for home decor! I’ve never actually requested a quote for these, but I’ve heard that they rent for upwards of $50 a chair… rent! But they are spectacular… Source 1, 2

What kind of chairs will you have for your wedding, or was it even a point of concern?

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