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.

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…
Banquet-Chair-Beige Gold banquet chair blue pattern banquet chair blue gold
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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.
spandex white chair cover White_banquet_chair_cover brown aqua sash chair cover
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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.
Wood-Folding-Chair-mahagony- Wood-Folding-Chair-White Wood-Folding-Chair-Wood-Natural
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I like these chairs as much as I like the chiavari chair (see below)
Fruitwood Versailles Chair Gold Versailles Chair
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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.
Chiviari-Chair-white chair pad ChiavariChair-Mahogany BlackChiavari chair cushion
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These are sleek and sexy and would look fabulous in a more contemporary setting! Rental is costly but if you can swing it…
Silver chameleon chair gold chameleon chair Gold Chameleon chair bella braid Mahogony Chameleon chair bella fleur
All chairs from CPR

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…
aerogel-ghost-chair-001 black ghost chair
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What kind of chairs will you have for your wedding, or was it even a point of concern?




  1. Nice post Charlene! Its cool seeing the in and outs of planning a wedding. There are so many chair options! But this allows the bride to make her wedding unique and her own. Rock on!

  2. This is the best post ever! SO helpful! Padded folding chairs are very popular over here in the New England, especially for beach weddings =)

  3. I LOVE the Louis XVI Ghost Chairs. So pretty, I’ve been wanting one in my house for years, they’d be so beautiful at a wedding reception! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous post.

  4. Adrienne says:

    I actually thought the Opera chairs were more comfy than the Chiavari, and I totally lusted after the Chiavari. I thought the chairs and the lighting were totally worth my money now when I look back at all the reception pictures — it just looks so put together. Thanks to my wedding planner!

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