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LOVE/HATE: The ‘Table Spanx’ Edition

What’s shiny, slippery, popular with middle schoolers circa 1985, and now prettifying wedding reception tables and chairs? You guessed it, I’m talking about spandex. Spandex table covers and spandex chair covers at wedding receptions, specifically. There’s no graceful draping here, and no chance that you’ll accidentally pull the tablecloth off (though you might slide out of your chair if you’re not careful). Spandex on a reception table acts just like spandex does on us – you see every curve, every angle, everything jutting this-and-that, and every bulge. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

But see what I mean about seeing everything? Spandex chair covers look sleek and clean and rather hip from a distance, but up close you start to see all of the details of the chair’s construction that chair covers are meant to hide. Isn’t the whole point of chair covers to make cheap blah chairs look more like upscale chairs?

I guess it looks pretty sleek on the table – I like it more there than I do on the chairs where it seems like they reveal a lot more about what’s underneath. Admittedly, I haven’t seen it in person, so maybe spandex table and chair covers are just awesomeness incarnate and will be appearing at a wedding reception near you in the next year or so. What do you think? Is spandex the next big thing in reception table decor or will spandex table linens and chair covers quickly go the way of the spandex jockeys?

5 Responses to “LOVE/HATE: The ‘Table Spanx’ Edition”

  1. Lisa in Berlin October 14, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    I wouldn’t be surprised it it’s the next big thing, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tacky and hideous. Thumbs down!

  2. Megan October 14, 2010 at 10:05 am #


  3. Kae October 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    I was at a wedding recently that had them, and it was impossible to sit back in your chair. The darn spandex kept pushing you forward. And you couldn’t tuck your feet under your chair. And they looked terrible! Yuck!

  4. Raven1025 October 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    I just saw these for the first time recently. Not a fan. Your description is much more polite than mine was.

  5. Indian wedding planners October 16, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    I would rather approve free flowing covers than these sleek ones. This draping doesn’t impress at all.