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Ghost Chairs At Receptions | Manolo for the Brides

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

I have a thing about Ghost Chairs, which I’ve written about more than once on Manolo for the Home, but I never considered how they might be used at a wedding reception. Though personally I like the colored Louis Ghost Chairs best, the clear originals look awesome as reception table seating.

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I can’t decide whether they pop or fade perfectly into the background. On one hand, they’re definitely different, and I can guarantee that they’ll get your wedding guests talking. On the other hand, they allow for a perfect view of tables and table skirts.

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Likewise, they are an impressive sight all lined up at longer tables. I think this has something to do with the unexpectedness of their, well, clarity. It struck me as I was looking at these images from wedding receptions that you’re going to see all your guests backs and butts. Could be interesting!

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If renting Ghost Chairs designed by Philippe Starck doesn’t quite fit into your wedding budget, try to find an event rental company that carries the Mirage Chair by Legacy. Eco-friendly and 100% recyclable, they’re made of unbreakable polycarbonate that can carry 400+ pounds of person.

Images courtesy of Exhibit Hire, Legacy Seating, Taylor Creative, Inc., and David McConkey Wedding Planning.

9 Responses to “Now You See Them, Now You Don’t”

  1. class factotum September 15, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    But do your thighs stick to the chair in humid weather?

  2. Kai Jones September 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    “One of my favorite pictures from So-and-so’s wedding is the line of colorful buttocks encased in plastic!”

    I think not.

  3. Anne September 15, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    I love these chairs and looked into renting them for my wedding. Unfortunately even the less-expensive faux ghost chairs are $20 each to rent. I just couldn’t justify spending that much on chairs and settled for chair covers.

  4. MoralesVilanova September 15, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    WoW! Just love it!
    Amazingly beautiful!

  5. KES September 15, 2009 at 11:16 pm #

    I know this wasn’t a love/hate, but I’m definitely on the hate train for this one. Too short skirts or tops plus these chairs equals disaster. Even a moderate skirt, if not sat upon in a ladylike way, could lead to some unpleasant views. I can just see somebody’s hot cousin coming in a micromini and showing all the guests her matching thong. MAYBE if it were a truly black tie (long gown) wedding, but then again I can’t see these chairs really fitting in with that type of vibe.

  6. 5 Star Weddings September 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    I do love these chairs, very stylish for a ulta modern wedding. Also, great as you dont need chair covers!

  7. Carrie October 5, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m looking at using these for my reception, but the rental cost is pretty high. It turns out you can source them from Chinese manufacturers (I mean, it’s just a plastic injection mold) for the same price as renting them. The question is- what to do with them afterward? I could donate them to a charity for the tax write-off, but it would be even better if I could recover some of the actual cash. Anyone have an idea how to share this with other brides/planners/retailers?

  8. Never teh Bride October 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    Carrie: Good question! Can I get a link? I’m so curious as to how inexpensive we’re talking here, heh. All of the online bridal consignment shops I could find specialized in gowns and accessories only, which leads me to say that I’d try Craigslist and eBay, though it all depends on whether you want to or can ship a wedding’s worth of chairs. Perhaps you could strike up a deal with a local event supplies provider and sell your chairs to them? It wouldn’t hurt to call and ask around!

    Also, you could send four or so to me…

  9. Carrie October 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Manolo: I can always send over the samples! I emailed a manufacturer I worked with once before and got lucky that he had the mold for this chair. After much (much, much) searching, I found http://www.bridetobrideboutique, http://www.bravobride, and http://www.recycledbride.com. While the majority of posts are on gowns, there does seem to be a small “aftermarket” for decor items. And lo and behold! I found a couple of event planners who are interested in owning a lot of these chairs to rent to their own clients. They’ll be getting them at a very good price, and I’ll cover my costs ex-shipping and customs (and presumably a week of storage and transport to the venue)- still well below the rental price. I mild amount of logistical annoyance, I’m sure, but I feel much better not wasting so much money on the rental fees.