Its all in the Details: Chiavari Chairs

Wednesday 15 September 2010

Chiavari: Bigz Gelz only?? Picture Courtesy Life Magazine
You’ve got to sit right?
The last thing most people notice at an event is what they are sitting on. It really only becomes an issue  when you arrive an event and there are no seats! Cue agitation!!

But these almost inconspicuous things make such a HUGE difference. Someone commented on this blog recently(hey Miss  Diva!) saying she was bored with the ‘same ole,same ole chair cover thing’. We had said  there would be a post on this.

To be sure, chairs used at parties have been evolving right from the 70’s wooden, then metal  chairs, the 80’s red and blue plastic chairs, the white chairs with  arms that popped up in the 90s(I can’t believe I’m actually talking about the evolving styles of chairs-yikes!).
From those white chairs , things graduated to the now ever present chair covers with sashes.
The ubiquitous chair cover! JWEvents, 2005
Bored  as some may be with this though, you have to admit that they sure beat sitting on the plastic cold!

Remember this?
On that note, please meet the Chiavari chair-Light, easily stackable and undeniably elegant.
Photo Source
 The Chiavari Chair is fast becoming a fixture at special events in Nigeria and may eventually replace the more traditional chair cover (fingers crossed).
Wedding Reception in Abuja with Chiavari chairs from Cedarwood Ltd.
The Chiavari Chair is a beautiful chair with no arms. Elegant and practical, the chairs come in an array of colours including clear, brown, mahogany, silver, gold, black and white. According to history, this chair is of Italian origins  as In 1807, Gaetano Descalzi designed a light, elegant, yet solid, cherrywood chair – the chair Chiavarine. To read more about the history and  see  mind-boggling varierties of this chair, see what Design* Sponge has got to say.

Of course, Sitting in the chairs for an extended period of time can become uncomfortable, so comfortable seat cushions made specifically for the chair also available to rent in a  variety of cushion covers to suit your color palette.
Picture from Chiavari-ng's inventory store in Lagos.
Cushions in various colors from Cedarwood events, Lagos
Although the chairs are quite a statement on their own,  there is still room  to add some embellishment to really make it your own.
Photo from Project

Picture from Aquarian Touch Events- isn't it lovely
To the question you must be thinking, are they are expensive? Well. They sure don’t come cheap!! At an average rental cost of N750 per chair, its not exactly for the faint of heart! At events where the Guest number is ‘X’, X being any total from 500 to 3000, its certainly a capital intensive item. 

This is where I throw the gauntlet back to you, is this is a cost you can rationalize? Do you think renting the chairs to get that exact ceremony or reception vibe as you saw on the Knot or Modern Bride is something you are interested in? I would love to know your thoughts especially for those who say they are tired of chair covers. Compared to chair covers, these chairs may seem a bit more expensive to rent but  if you are inclined to rent them, they are absolutely stunning!

There is quite a selection of companies who rent these chairs in Lagos and they have them in large numbers too. I f you are interested though do click the links at the end of this post to go to the Chiavari rental websites yourself.
Cedarwood Events Chiavari chairs- decor by SARAO events

Chiavari Charis from Chiavari-ng- Venue TBS   

See more for yourself and do drop us a line!


Unknown 16 September 2010 at 05:05  

Ah Chiavari chairs, the cause of my sleepless nights!!!

As you have rightly stated they add a certain touch to your wedding but i am amazed at how expensive they are in Nigeria. the 750 you quoted would be a bargain price if you were able to get it. Don't forget that when you rent them you still have 10% handling fee, 5% VAT and of course transportation of anywhere between N80k to N150k.

And it seems the owners of these chairs in Nigeria have realized the demand and now feel they are at liberty to hike the prices.

To be honest it is a frivolous expense that can't really be rationalized (even though i have tried to - i told my dad that they were cheaper than regular banquet chairs (N200) plus chair covers (N400) and tie backs (N100), clearly this isn't entirely true).

Having said that, I AM INCLINED TO RENT THEM FOR MY WEDDING:) yes i am not ashamed to admit it, i want that picture perfect, crisp reception venue look i see on The

wendu,  16 September 2010 at 14:01  

this one is for gbogbo bigz gelz o!!
kai! Molara you write straight to the heart of the matter i.e i know its expensive, i know its silly but i still want it!am i a terrible person? as the above commenter, i am certainly inclined, the question is whether 'obe too dun, owo lo paa' will prevail!
psN750 is a good deal if we are speaking in $$ terms cos thats less than $5.. but i'm happy to see there isnt only one company in lagos with monopoly over the chairs, i know classiccus? rentals have them and roughly at that price. so are the suppliers colluding? oh, well kudos on another relevant post!

Jumoke,  23 September 2010 at 02:00  

Sorry it is just too expensive for one day. Isn't there an alternative apart from the good old plastic chairs?

Anonymous,  23 September 2010 at 08:31  

It is true u get that wow look using chivalry chairs, but must i rob CBN to get a stunning look 4 my that ONE day. But the fact is that most of us want to be like our nest door neighbor. A ti gba gbe ika o dogba.

thelma,  23 September 2010 at 08:33  

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! GBESE RE O. Abeg i no fit cut my papa hand to get that fine look for that day. so far my make up and gown look so nice

Jumoke,  23 September 2010 at 08:51  

ok then stick to your fine face and lovely gown and see what your inlaws will say of you..that is if they don't fry you before the end of the day.

stella,  23 September 2010 at 08:56  

Ore if uu cant get it then dont scream no be by force now.

thelma,  23 September 2010 at 09:06  

my inlaws should jump the fence and get it done, so far no be my papa dey leave the money God bless.

Anonymous,  23 September 2010 at 12:09  

wendu has said it! we all want fantastic things but we have to pay the price for what we want... its not for everyone...i think they are pretty but i certainly cannot rationalize it... i guess its back to good ol' plastic chairs...and to think some people were complaining about chair covers!! I embrace the chair cover in the face of this-N750 per chair? na yam!!all the best to all who can afford because it really does make a place look very elegant..i can't hate

Anonymous,  8 November 2012 at 05:43  

Won't i eat again after the wedding? i beg i still prefer the chair cover jare........ even if i have the cash to do it i won't because to me its a waste. but its really fine sha.

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