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.
French Bistro Cafe Chair
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 in Paris!
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.
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.
Gold Fanfare Chair
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!).
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!).
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.
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.
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).
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!
Real Good Chair
Hello, copper lovers! We found the chair for you. This style just can't be beaten. Also, we must note how this hue is mixed with gold accents to create metallic perfection.
Gold Wire Chair
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?
Wood Folding Chair
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.