After reviewing thousands upon thousands of real wedding photos each day, we've come to a conclusion: your chairs matter. 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.
Yes, it costs money to rent chairs, but 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).
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.
Ask your planner, venue coordinator, or even recently married friends which rental companies they'd recommend in the area.
Ahead, we've rounded up the most commonly used styles to help you get ahold of this wedding chair encyclopedia, but know that these names can vary from vendor to vendor. So bookmark this and bring it along to your next appointment.
Read on for inspiration from real wedding ceremonies and receptions.
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, long tables, and hanging floral installation). In fact, we'd say they complete it.
Bamboo Folding Chair
Okay, 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.
Rattan Peacock Chair
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!