Linens, flowers, dresses, food…there’s a lot that you have to decide on when it comes to planning out your wedding. You also have to give your guests someplace to sit, and that means deciding on the right chairs (and tables) for your wedding ceremony and reception. Many people use chiavari chairs, but if you’re not familiar with the style, you may not be sure if they’re right for your wedding. Read on to learn more:
The origins of chiavari chairs
Pronounced “ke-a-va’re,” these chairs are named after the city they were created in, Chiavari, Italy. They were designed in 1807 by Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi, a Genoese furniture maker, upon request from the president of the Economy Society of Chiavari. They became increasingly popular throughout the years, furnishing Queen Victoria’s dining halls and being gifted to Pope Leo XIII. They were even used for John and Jackie Kennedy’s wedding reception in 1953.
The style of chiavari chairs
What sets chiavari chairs apart from other styles? Namely their signature bamboo-like joints. While the chairs are certainly not made out of bamboo, the way the joints and frame are cut make it appear so. This gives chiavari chairs a simple, yet elegant, appearance that’s perfect for weddings and other formal occasions.
What are they made out of?
Again, while chiavari chairs look like they’re made out of bamboo, in most cases they’re made out of three main materials: wood, aluminum, and resin. Wood is excellent for a rustic wedding, although they are susceptible to blemishes. Aluminum and resin, meanwhile, are extremely durable, but typically more expensive.