The chiavari chair originated in Chiavari, Italy in 1807 by Gaetano Descalzi. It was made out of a solid, sturdy hardwood yet light to carry. Today there are varieties of this chair made out of resin and metal. Hardwood is still the best quality by far.
There is a reason that so many celebrities use this classic chair at their weddings such as Carrie Underwood and Bethenny Frankel. The chiavari chair is also the go-to for well known wedding planner David Tutera. It doesn’t hurt to know that the Kennedy’s used these chairs at their 900-guest wedding in 1953.
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Chair covers and sashes do not add that same touch of elegance but is a much cheaper option than the chiavari chair. Don’t get me wrong, if these are your only option to cover up those ballroom chairs, definitely go for them. They just don’t do as much justice as opposed to the chiavari chairs. The tables are already covered with linens and the chair covers make the room look more cluttered and crowded in my opinion. The chiavari chair is a clean, sleek look that adds so much to a room or venue.
You may be thinking, “but it’s just a chair” which if you are a bride, you know otherwise. The chair is another detail that can change your wedding or event theme. It adds to the lighting, centerpieces and the draping. It was always my go-to chair when planning special events. It’s one of those costs that you keep going back and forth on in the budget. I know I lost sleep when planning my wedding. I knew this was an extra cost that made the budget tight, I loved the chiavari chair but could I actually rationalize the cost….oh but I did! In the end, it was a must! I had seen first-hand how it changed a room from my experiences. Every additional photo I saw with these beautiful chairs kept convincing me more and more that I needed them for my big day.
At the end of the day, everyone has their own preferences and opinions on the chiavari chair vs. the chair covers. What’s yours? :)
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