Hello! I owe this post to the lovely brides over on the You & Your Wedding forums – always a great source of inspiration for many UK wedding bloggers! I was reading a thread about how much it costs to rent wedding chairs which had me fascinated from beginning to end. The original poster asked “am I mad?” to be spending £200 on chair hire. Most replies were along the lines of “no, that seems reasonable” with one wonderfully insightful response of “in the real world £200 is a lot, but you’re in wedding land now“.
It’s so true, of course – our usual rules and common sense can fly out of the window when it comes to wedding planning. How many of us would spend more than £1,000.00 on a dress for any other occasion? The most expensive dress I own is from French Connection and I bought it for a whopping £75! I’ve never spent more than £200 on chairs*… and I also expect to keep them! But it’s true – weddings are different.
How much does it cost to rent wedding chairs? and other wedding budget talk…
It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why we’re prepared to spend so much on weddings in general, but for me there are just a couple of key reasons:
- It’s the biggest day of our lives!
- Everyone else does…
And you know what? It’s ok. It’s fine to spend hundreds of pounds on chairs if you’ve got the money and they’re important to you. It’s fine to spend hundreds on stationery (although I really disagree with some of the money-saving forum posts on that topic!) if paper is what gets you excited. It’s fine to hire a stately home for a day, or to spend £300 on a village hall instead.
You might not do it every day, it might feel a little strange if you really think about it – but so long as you set a realistic budget for your wedding day and do your best to stick to it, it’s fine to splash out just this once!
If hiring pretty wedding chairs is important to you, then do it!
I was reading the You & Your Wedding thread when someone replied with pictures of their wedding, complete with elegant chairs – and it was that picture that sealed the deal for the original bride. The right chairs can make your wedding reception look amazing. Let’s face it – white polyester chair covers are as horrifically untrendy as ra-ra skirts and spot colour in wedding photography.
Everyone seems to want Chiavari chairs – it’s just a shame so many wedding venues around the country are stuck with ugly chairs and recommending cover hire companies! In an ideal world I guess the venues would provide our favourite chairs for us…
And the price? Well, I guess it comes down to how important it is to you to have lovely chairs. You can save money by hiring from a local company, but for those of you in more rural areas or away from the big cities, hiring nice chairs like these will cost more.
The trick is to balance the cost of your wedding chair hire elsewhere. Skip the wedding cake, or save on favours. Maybe turn up in your own car instead of hiring a classic vehicle, or consider having a central display at your reception instead of going to town decorating all the tables. If you can save elsewhere, then £200 isn’t so much to hire 70 or so chairs, even if it is just for one day!
*I did pay more than £200 for a piece of grass to sit on for a day last summer at Hyde Park – but the entertainment was pretty impressive!