Your Ultimate Guide to Wedding Chair Rentals

Because, they're kind of important. Here's why!

Updated 12/20/17

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

You may say this is a crazy article! Who cares where they sit at your wedding? And for that matter, what kind of chair they sit in, right? Well, your friends and family might not think about the seating, but you definitely should. And we're not just talking seating charts here, so listen up!

After reviewing thousands upon thousands of real wedding photos each day, we've come to a conclusion: Your chairs matter. Like, they really matter—and it matters what kind you use, too! Of course, the type of chair you select—whether you're using the ones at your venue or renting your own—depends on the style of your wedding, the location's aesthetic, and, of course, your budget. We're going to dive into the look later to hit on the first points, but for now, let's talk about the budget for a moment. Yes, it costs money to rent chairs but we think it's well worth the investment if you can swing it in your budget. In fact, we'd argue that it's so important that you can save elsewhere if need be. That's right, an upgrade from a plastic folding chair can make all the difference in the world (or, ahem, a photo). So, yes, we think you should do it. But the next question is where do you get said chairs? That, of course, depends on the vibe you're looking for and your location. So ask your planner, venue coordinator, or even recently married friends what rental companies they'd recommend in the area. (We also credit all vendors in our real wedding stories so you can look there as well.)

OK, so no your have the recs—and, ladies, that's where we come in! Below, you'll find inspiration images of different types of chairs used in real wedding receptions and ceremonies. We encourage you to browse these photos to see what you like (and don't like!) and pin the ones that you do. We've also included the most commonly used name of each style to help you get ahold of this wedding chair encyclopedia, but please know that these names can vary from vendor to vendor. So save this photo (pin it, print it, whatever works!) and bring it along to your vendor appointment or attach it to your inquiry email. After all, we've said it before and we'll say it again: The look of your chairs matter—and your photo album will thank you later.

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Ghost Chair

Photo by Belathée Photography; Planning by Shannon Leahy

Chances are, you've seen these pretty acrylic chairs before. They're quite popular right now—in weddings and in home decor as well!—and it's easy to understand why. These seats add a modern edge to any space, yet they also blend in with a surrounding environment. Take this example: The chairs don't take away from the already busy picture (the dark linens, the long tables, the hanging floral installation). In fact, we'd say they complete it.

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Bamboo Folding Chair

Photo by Elisa Bricker

OK, we're just going to say it: We love these chairs for a destination wedding somewhere tropical. But, as this photo proves, bamboo folding chairs can be used in a variety of locales—like this poolside tent—as they can add a natural element to any table.

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French Bistro Cafe Chair

Photo by Paula G. Furio; Planning by Macarena Gea; Flowers by La Tartana

You'll find a variety of names for this chair but we love it in any way, shape or form. There's something undeniably chic about it—almost as if, yes, you were sitting at a bistro is Paris!

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Tolix Chair

Photo by Rebecca Yale; Planning by Rose Ahn Events; Rentals by Broadway Party Rentals; Flowers by Designs by Ahn

The metal chairs can add the perfect industrial touch to any wedding, whether you're marrying in a warehouse or a garden. And that backbone down the middle means it's easy to attach a sign or a bundle of blooms, as shown here.

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Bentwood Chair

Photo by Jose Villa; Planning by Firefly Events; Rentals by The Ark, Taylor Creative, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola, Found Rentals

These seats come in a variety of colors (white, brown, you name it) but this black style makes this wedding reception. We think the style is simple enough that it doesn't take away from the table but, man, does it make a statement.

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Equipale Chair

Lounge Seating Area

Photo by Shannon Von Eschen

These leather chairs are perfect for a boho-meets-western celebration. But we must note: They work best in a lounge set up as they're a good bit wider than your average chiavari chair.

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Gold Fanfare Chair

Photo by Kate Holstein

This little beauty can be used in a variety of settings, whether you're in a chic city space like the Rainbow Room or in a classic tent like this one. So, yes, this chair style is quite versatile but we think it adds a touch to modern sophistication in any case (or space!).

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Havelock Chair

Photo by Kelle Sauer; Design and Styling by 12th Table

If you're looking for an unexpected chair style, you've found it. This chair is going to be the next big thing—and we know why. It looks sleek and clean, plus your guests will love the curved back (comfy!).

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Chiavari Chair

Photo by Jillian Mitchell

Who said these have to belong in a ballroom? This is one of the most widely used chair styles (often seen in gold!), but we think it can still be used in an unexpected way, like on this beach in Mexico.

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Acapulco Chair

Photo by She Takes Pictures He Makes Films

Hello, lounge area! The clean, geometric lines of this style make it the perfect addition to any midcentury-inspired bash. Plus, it comes in many colors so it can easily blend into a natural landscape or bright color palette.

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Larkin Chair

Photo by Jennifer Lindberg Photography; Flowers by Gypsy Floral

This is another style that is guaranteed to add a fresh look to any celebration. We especially love its thin frame, gold color, and slender waterfall skirt, which will allow you to squeeze as many friends at the head table as you want (within reason).

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Rattan Peacock Chair

Photo by Christy McCarter Photography; Rentals by Lost and Found Vintage Rentals

This style is making a comeback! They say this design likely originated in East Asia, where it was reserved as a throne-like seat for royals. And since, you're the royals on your wedding day, we think it's the perfect addition to a sweetheart table—or lounge area!

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Real Good Chair

Photo by Kai Heeringa Photography

Hello, copper lovers! We found the chair for you. This style just can't be beat. Also, we must note how this hue is mixed with gold accents to create metallic perfection.

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Gold Wire Chair

Photo by Lucas and Co. Photography

Yet another modern style for this win. We love the sleek lines of this one! Seriously, how great does a line of these look all placed in a symmetrical row?

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Wood Folding Chair

Photo by Ryan Ray

These chairs may be simple but they can still be perfect, especially when used in a rustic setting like Dunton Hot Springs. We love how this couple accented the back by wrapping greenery around its edges.

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