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Wedding Chair Styles, Decoded

These six popular chairs get invited to a lot of weddings. Here's what you need to know about each.

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If you need to rent chairs for your ceremony and/or reception, you've got myriad choices. Whether you want to go with wood or acrylic, cushioned or bare, or brightly colored or neutral, you can easily find chairs that complement your theme or venue and work within your budget. Here, six wedding favorites and what you need to know about each.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Renting Chairs for Your Wedding

 

Chiavari

By far the most popular event chair, the Chiavari adds elegance to a formal setting. The chairs, with their bamboo-style backs and legs, are available in natural wood, mahogany, metallic (gold, silver), white, and black with matching cushions; some rental companies also offer chairs painted in pastels and bold colors—even orange! They typically cost $5.50 to $9 per chair.

 

Crossback

This charming wood chair, also referred to as a vineyard chair and a favorite for outdoor and farm weddings, has a rustic design modeled after the chairs often found in European cafés. You can generally find these chairs for $8 to $12 each.

 

Ghost

Aptly named because of the see-through material—like acrylic—that it's made from, the ghost chair by Philippe Starck won't spook anyone with its rounded back and modern design. Some rental companies carry it in smoky gray, black, and white in addition to the classic clear. Each chair will typically cost between $8 and $9.50.

 

Chair Décor from Real Weddings

 

Padded Folding Chair

Whether you've got a modest style or want to stay on budget, this simple chair—especially in white—brings a clean uniformity to an outdoor or indoor wedding. They're the most affordable option, generally costing between $1.50 and $3.50 per chair.

 

Chameleon

This stylish chair with a metallic back comes in gold and silver; some companies can customize the chairs with seat cushions in colors such as yellow, black, and pink. Plan to spend about $11 to $14 per chair for this style.

 

Bentwood

If you're looking for traditional wood seating, this is it. Perfect for a reception with its slim construction that fits well at a table, the classic Bentwood Hairpin chair has a comfortable round back and seat and a popularity that dates back over 150 years! You should expect to pay anywhere from $8 to $11 for each of these rentals.

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About the Author

Nancy Mattia

Though Nancy has been writing about weddings for years, she admits that watching a bride walk down the aisle—even on TV—still makes her tear up. The New York-area writer's other favorite wedding moments are when the groom sees the bride for the first time, hearing the toasts, and when she sees a waiter with a tray full of hors d'oeuvres walking towards her. 

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