Flatware, Plates, etc?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lolita39:  I always take my own plate back to the buffet if I want seconds of anything. It actually makes me laugh when people who are otherwise so “green” , wait for the staff to remove their plate,so they can get a clean one form the buffet table.  All of a sudden they are too special to do what they would do at home?

I would have to know more about your wedding to give a recommendation that was specific to your situation. I am not against using plastic plates and cutlery in some situations.

Have you checked out the cost of rentals?

 

Post # 5
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42538 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lolita39:  You can always sell or donate the plates after the wedding if you buy real ones.

I try very hard not to use the word “tacky” as it is very judgemental, in my opinion.

Having said that, if I were inviting people to be dressed up on a Saturday evening for a wedding dinner, I would probably try to use real dishes, flatware etc.

For a more casual outdoor barbeque, I think bamboo, plastic or other disposable plates would work.

The downside of using real plates is that you will have to make arrangements for them to be washed after the wedding. Is there a dishwasher in your venue so the staff could do this for you? Or, someone who would agree to take them home and do them for you?

Have you seen the clear glass plates at the Dollar Stores? They can be used like this with a doily underneath that acts as a placecard.

 

Post # 7
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42538 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lolita39:  Then I would happily use bamboo plates. I would stick with something more onviously rustic looking so it would look intentional. I think the plastic plates in your link are a bit modern looking for a barn venue.

I would use wooden cutlery.

 

Post # 8
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873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We bought 168 ceramic plates from the dollar store ($1 each). We had a buffet, and people used the same plates for seconds and thirds. Our reception site would also charge us extra for excessive trash (that’s not very green…).

 

The caterer and my mom washed the plates, and we already sold them to another bride (I got married 2 weeks ago)

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