Post # 1
Our tent rental company offers silverware (knife, spoon, dessert and dinner forks), plates (dinner and dessert), and cup/saucer for $7.50/person. They offer glassware for .85 cents a glass and recommend four glasses a person. Total would be $10.90/person.
We are inviting 100 people; we’ve whittled down the list and expect almost all of them to attend.
If I could find flatware, plates, and glassware for less than $10.90/person, would it be worth it to buy them?
Post # 3
Don’t forget about cleaning everything before and after. You also have to store it and transport it.
Post # 4
You are getting married on Mulder’s birthday!!!!!!!!
For cleaning…meh. Cleaning before is no big deal to me. For after, they could just be stacked after being wiped by the caterers, into a box, and then we could do that later.
And storing it is not that big of a deal, nor is transporting…just put it in a box in the car…
Post # 5
Can anyone else give insight? How much were your linens and plates and stuff?
Post # 6
We’re renting them through our caterer because honestly, I don’t want the hassle of dropping them off the day of the wedding, then having to take home dirty dishes to clean myself, or tasking someone else to do it.
Post # 7
If it was me, and I could find them for cheaper and had a place to store them, I’d buy.
Post # 8
I’d look at the quality before deciding. Glasses and flatware that you can buy for $11/person are not likely to be high-quality and while I’m perfectly happy to save money wherever I can, I don’t think I’d want my guests trying to cut chicken/steak/dense veggies with a flimsy knife. I want the tableware to be very subtle— I don’t want anyone to remember their carrot flying across the room because the fork was too flimsy to cut it! Likewise I’d not want them eating from shabby-looking plates.
Think of your experiences going to restaurants where the plates were kind of pokey or the silverware was super-light like cafeteria silverware. It sets in your mind the expectation of cafeteria-style/quality food, and no matter how stellar the meal ends up being, that first impression sticks with the diner.
Post # 9
Wait you’re inviting 100 people? That is a LOT of dishes to wash!!!! And you probably wouldn’t be the one responsible for washing them. Think of your mom and your future in-laws- they would probably be the ones who end up washing the dishes at the end of the night or the next day. And I think their time is worth money – think about how exhausted they will all be by the end of the wedding! I don’t think you should put that burden on them just for money.
If you are super worried about the cost of rentals, look at other rental companies in your area. At least the cost of renting the glasses you mentioned – 85 cents – is higher than what I’ve seen.
@fishbone: This. If the rental costs are ~$10/person, that doesn’t mean that that is the value of the plates and silverware – that’s just the rental cost. The dinnerware that they rent out is probably higher quality than what you’d get if you paid $10 per place-setting.