Chairs are one of those weird wedding things. You need them if people are going to be able to sit, so you usually have to rent them. But they need to match and they vary in price. From the fancy Chiavari chair to the lowly plastic deck chair, they range in price. I usually think a Chiavari chair is gorgeous, but it’s just not going to work at most budget weddings — unless your guest count is less than 25.
Usually, I think a great compromise is to go with white folding chairs. They’re classy, nice-looking and fancy enough for a party without costing nearly as much as the fancier varieties.
I do have one trick for you, though. This one depends on your rental company, but sometimes rental companies will have both white folding chairs in resin and in wood. Thing is, they are virtually identical, and sometimes the resin chairs will cost less. They’re also a little lighter if you’ll be moving them around your venue. It’s usually about a 50 cent difference per chair, but add that up and with 200 chairs, you’re looking at $100 in your pocket.
For extra bonus points and to save even more money, rent some low tables and some high bistro tables which will mean some people will stand to eat. That means you don’t need a chair for every butt, and you can cut back on the total number of chairs you need to rent.