Post # 1
So I’m having my wedding indoors at a museum, and the catering is barbeque. Our colors are white, black, and teal.
Additionally, we can’t afford the rental and service fees associated with renting plates for the reception, and we don’t feel comfortable going something something disposable but plastic because it is so environmentally unfriendly.
So, I was thinking of doing pressed leaf plates and compostable plastic cups from Susty Party or another similar retailer. I’ve already been in contact with a local company that does composting and will drop off and pick up a bin for composting the plates and other refuse form the wedding, so it will not be so wasteful. This, of course, would look off with the modern centerpieces and dark linens.
As an alternative, I was thinking of doing potted white flowers, painting the pot teal, and putting a black ribbon on as the centerpiece. White linens instead of dark, and either black or teal cloth napkins, this with pressed bamboo plates.
Is this all too weird? I’ve had suggestions to do a more rustic theme but it’s really not to my taste nor does it reflect me as a person (I wouldn’t go camping unless I was paid to do so). If you have any suggestions for revisions that could tie this all together I would really appreciate it. I also have very little time the day of to set up, as well.
Post # 3
I like your alternaitve idea with the pots.. It will make the pots stick out more on a more neutral (white/ivory) table cover.
Post # 4
Dont forget about your options from Dollar Tree!!! You can get glass plates, glasses, etc. for $1 each an resell after the wedding (or keep a few for family get togethers/showers/etc.)
Post # 5
@MLDoddie: I like the dinnerware but the caterer doesn’t do the service part and it would cost me a crazy fee to get them to even scrape the dishes for me. That would leave me carting around hundreds of dirty dishes at the end of the night, which I really don’t want to do.
Post # 6
@hyperJulie: I think the idea of using compostable plates is very much in line with a modern wedding, so no worries there. Choose a square shape.
You can keep the modern theme intact by choosing your shapes carefully. A square vase or cachepot for a potted plant has more modern lines than a round flower pot. If you use a round pot, stick to simple clean lines, not the traditional clay pot shape.
Given the difficulty of finding teal flowers, I think white flowers are perfect.
From previous posts, other bees have found potted orchids at a very reasonable price at Lowe’s.
I would use a black or teal pot but stay away from ribbon- not a modern look. One advantage of using black or teal pots, is that you can find various things at thrift or dollar stores and spray paint them all the same color.
Instead of using traditional votives, you could do something like this.
Buy plain little bowls at the Dollar store or in an oriental shop. You could use something black or teal rather than the moss. If you prefer the look of a square container, you could get the little square dishes for soy sauce you see at sushi places. Use some putty to adhere the candle to the plate. Surround with river rock, not teal glass beads.
You can get your touch of teal with teal napkins. Use a modern fold for the napkins.
Post # 7
@julies1949: Thank you! There are some really great ideas here.
I think what I’ve done to revise since I started with this vision is going for a slightly more natural as opposed to modern wedding scheme. I’ll be adding pale green as a color to the decor, and incorporating river rocks. I really like your idea for the candles. I think that could look really cool using the candles and river rocks in the dishes like that. Would’ve never thought to use putty to adhere a candle either!