Monday, March 23, 2009

Chair 101

I must confess, I have a bit of a chair fetish. I have a strong opinion that a chair or chair cover can dramatically impact the design of an event.
So, let's review the different options for chairs and then I will share with you a new chair that I'm absolutely in love with!

Different chairs are suitable for different events. For instance, if you are having a garden or outdoor wedding, the white wooden folding chair is really lovely! The rental price for these chairs can range from $2.50-$3.50.

This white S shaped chair is a fun look for modern designed events, but they are pricey! It's been a few years since I've rented them, but I believe I rented them for this event below for $50 each!Another sleek look for a stylish event is the Ghost chair (as seen, or not seen, below). The most popular 'color' is clear, but I've also seen them in black, green and blue. This is also a pricey rental... $40-$50 a chair.A less expensive option, while remaining contemporary and sleek, is the Spandex chair cover. This is less popular for weddings, but terrific for events. The 2 photos below feature chair covers in black and in white. These are not the easiest to apply to the chair... it's a work out! The rental price for chair covers is usually $7-$10 per cover.

Poly cotton (below) or Satin chair covers are very popular options for weddings. And they are affordable! They come in various colors, the most popular being white, ivory or black. They can be rented from $3.50-$7 each.

The most popular chair rental for weddings, though, is the Chiavari Chair. I have long loved this chair. This is an elegant and beautiful chair. It can be rented in many colors: mahogany, gold, silver, black, white, ice (ice is VERY cool)... I've seen colors, too, like red. Rental prices for these chairs range from $8 - $11, depending on the vendor. 

Now, here is my new obsession.... The Chameleon Chair. 
I was first exposed to these chairs and chair covers last November, at the Association of Bridal Consultants annual conference. These chairs are already very popular on the West Coast, and slowly making their way into the Midwest (I know just one Chicago vendor who has them).

We'll start with the basic chair. It's lovely on its own, on a par with the chiavari chair.

Then you can start adding covers to these chairs, and whoa, you get an elegant look. 
Add fun frills for an fun After Party....

The photo below is from a Sasha Souza wedding in California. This just drips elegance to me!

Below is another event Chameleon featured in their email newsletter.  I love the chair on the right table.... those frilly tails on the chairs are both fun and elegant.

The Chameleon Chair rental prices range from $11-29 a chair, depending on the various covers and accessories you add. 

Is it worth it? 

I say yes (of course!), for the right event and the right chair obsessed bride.

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