Post # 1
Ok, so my catering contract says they provide “all china and silverware”, well I thought that meant everything. Apparently, they don’t provide any glassware, which I don’t know how they plan on serving the water, coffee and tea they provide. I’m 16 days from the wedding and have no idea where to find cheap glassware for 100 people. Also, we’re getting married in a super small town, the closest place to rent anything from is 3 hours away, so that’s just not an option. Any ideas bees??
Post # 2
cml: “China” doesn’t include coffee/tea cups?? What an awful shock. How fancy is your event?
There are some very nice plastic water glasses with a quilted pattern – might be better than nothing? Is there a dollar store in town? Do you know anyone at a bar or restaurant who could loan you a bunch of glasses?
Post # 3
My friend just had her wedding and she ordered plasticware from smarty had a party. The cups she used were fairly nice and I don’t think anyone really noticed that they weren’t glass. I think that as long as guests have their drinks, they don’t care too much about what they’re served in.
Post # 4
You could try ordering from Smarty Had a Party (smartyhadaparty.com). They ship fast, and they have some very nice plasticware that looks like glass.
Post # 5
Astra: That’s what I said! I’m thinking plastic might be my only option at this point.
Post # 6
cml: 1.China should include coffee and tea cups.
2. Can one of your guests pick up and return the rentals if they are passing through the town with the rental business?
3. Dollar Store for water glasses. Do you need wine glasses too?
4. I have used Smarty Had a Party. They have excellent customer service.
Post # 7
cml: Can you call and ask them to pay an extra fee to provide glasses and tea/coffee cups?
How formal is your wedding? If they don’t need to match, you might be able to ask all your friends/relatives to bring in everything they have.
If you have a Walmart/dollar store/Ikea, you could technically buy glasses, but I wouldn’t say that’s a cheap option.
There is some “nice” plastic stuff, but again that might not work with your wedding, depending on the formality.
Post # 8
cml: Also, we’re getting married in a super small town, the closest place to rent anything from is 3 hours away, so that’s just not an option.
Do you know it’s not an option or is that just your guess? Depending upon your order size, with an added delivery charge, they just might do it.
Otherwise, can you check with local clubs (e.g., the Elks) or your churches and firehalls to see if you can borrow theirs or whom they recommend? If you aren’t having a giant wedding, task a friend or relative to go pick up the glassware from the rental company.
Post # 9
I’d call and see if they can arrange for the glassware. It’s very strange that they don’t include that.
Post # 10
Oh dear… that’s awful, they really should have told you earlier – such a weird exception! If IKEA is anywhere remotely close to you, I would head over there and at least get wine glasses for the dinner. You can get 100 red wine glasses for just over $100.
Not a great expense to have to shell out this late in the game, but glass is definitely nicer than plastic. I would totally cave in on the coffee cups though and just go with paper or plastic.
Post # 11
cml: I assume you’re having a bar of some kind, right? Couldn’t the company tending bar (whether it’s your venue or another vendor) provide additional glassware? I’m sure they’d charge you, but it’s probably the easiest since they’re already committed to your wedding.
Post # 12
Second IKEA. You can get champagne flutes for less than $1/piece from there as well.