You might 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 (we also credit all vendors in our real wedding stories so you can look there, as well).
So, ask your planner, venue coordinator, or even recently married friends what rental companies they'd recommend in the area.
Okay, so now you have the recommendations—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.
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!