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Chair Covers and a Wedding Gift for the Groom

  |   By Heather Kentner

Let's talk about chair covers. They seem like a tiny little detail in the grand scheme of things, but they sure do dress things up. Our venue was providing the chairs and our caterer was arranging the chair covers. We assumed that the chair covers from the caterer’s preferred rental company would fit just fine. However, when we called, they suggested that we try one out on the chairs. We put it on the chair and… definitely not a fit! The cover didn’t even stretch to the bottom of the floor and it looked awful. Good thing we tested it out before the wedding. So, my Mom went on a chair cover search.  She scoured Toronto for chair covers that would work. Here is what we learned:

1. Getting a chair cover is not as straightforward as you might think.

2. There are different types of chairs and different types of chair covers. We had a fan back folding chair that was very hard to fit. One size does not always fit all. There is a universal chair cover, but…

3. All chair covers are not created equal! There is a huge difference in the look and feel of many chair covers, so take a look at the ones that you’re getting.

4. If you don’t know which company to rent from, I would strongly recommend Micki’s. The staff was knowledgeable and arrived on time for the set-up. The chair covers were high quality material, spotlessly clean, perfectly pressed and the bows were tied so neatly.

A wedding present for the groom! What to get? I wanted to give Maleke something really unique on our wedding day, something that he couldn’t just go out and buy himself in a store. I racked my brain trying to think of the perfect gift. When I saw Kristi Holtam’s artwork, I was sold! She brings out the bombshell in everyone by transforming the every day bride into a pin-up girl. I think this is such a fantastic idea and since I’m a circus artist, I requested that she do my portrait on the trapeze. In our first meeting we discussed concepts for the portrait and she presented a number of sketches. I told her which ones I liked and made some suggestions for alternate poses. She sent me more sketches based on my feedback. I chose my favourite sketch and she began to work on my portrait. Since it’s a portrait and not a photograph, she was also happy to play fairy godmother and embellish features you like and tone down others. The whole way through the process, she sent me photo updates so that I could approve it as she went along. The finished portrait was fabulous. Everyone was so impressed by her attention to detail and her artistic abilities. Most importantly, Maleke loved it. Check out other examples of Kristi’s artwork at Bombshell Artillery.

This article was originally published on Jun 04, 2010

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