Welcome to Wedding Land… where it’s perfectly ok to spend £200 on chairs you’ll use for one day!

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“.


Craig and Katie’s chairs were lovely – see more from their Iscoyd Park wedding on the English Wedding Blog by clicking the image. Photo credit Kristian Leven

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.

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Beautiful wedding chairs photographed by Georgi Mabee

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.

We love these decorated wedding chairs! Photo credit Georgi Mabee

We love these decorated wedding chairs! Photo credit Georgi Mabee

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!

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It’s ever so popular to decorate wedding chairs these days… here’s a quick peek at my calligraphy, photo credit the lovely Karen Flower Photography – more to be revealed soon!

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.

Chiavari chairs for weddings – image credit Pixies in the Cellar |

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!


White chairs for Hannah and Nick’s outdoor marquee reception at Malvern College – image credit Rob and Sarah Gillespie

Betzy and James had simple wooden stools for their wedding at The Eden Project – click the image to see more. Photo credit the lovely Jason Mark Harris

Lovely white chairs at Wiz and Jeremy’s English garden party wedding – image credit Kristian Leven Photography


Elegant wedding chairs at Katy and Tom’s Pendrell Hall wedding – image credit Rob & Sarah Gillespie

*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!

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Nathan @ Artemis Stationery
    7 years ago

    If it makes anyone feel better it’s not just weddingland it’s event hire in general. The scouts (where I live) would £200 for 20 trestle tables. As I found out when I organised a charity event last year. But agree, it’s down to priorities. Finding a venue who has their own seating you like can be a real added bonus.

    *did you take any of the grass home with you?

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