Post # 1
We are in the middle of finishing up our rentals (last major to-do item!) and are having a little dilemma deciding on what to serve cake/appetizers with.
Dinner will be buffet style, but will be on fine bone china and there will be real silverware. No matter what, that will not change!
Our wedding is formal and very traditional. We have a bridal party of 14, and our guest list is 300+. Renting extra wine glasses for cocktail hour AND salad plates would be really expensive (especially if the glasses/plates are not even used.)
My main questions:
-Would plastic cups be acceptable to serve sangria and pop at cocktail hour?
-Would plastic plates be acceptable to serve Greek finger foods (spanakopita, dolmades) and fruit/veggies?
-Would plastic plates be acceptable for serving cake? (it will be set on a table for guests to serve themselves)
-Should I rent coffee/tea mugs, or use eco-friendly paper cups? (I live in Seattle so biodegradeable is kinda the only option…) If we use paper cups, I was considering making personalized labels to stick on them.
Post # 3
No plastic, no paper your wedding is formal. I feel the disposable would take away from that in a huge way….
Let us know what you decide.
Post # 4
@echristine: I think that if you want to have a big formal, traditional wedding then you need to expect to spend the extra money and accept that you can’t cut corners the same way that brides with less formal weddings can. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with paper plates, but if you give people the impression that your wedding is going to be this grand, classy affair then they will be seen as tacky.
So just get glassware and proper plates.
Post # 5
I’d be fine with paper for appetizers, no matter how fancy the wedding! For the rest of it, I’d consider how it fits with the rest of your day? Backyard weddings and ballroom weddings feel very different, right?
Post # 6
@echristine: plastic cups at cocktail hour are fine! its easy for people to say theyd spend the money. it isnt their money!
Post # 7
I’ve been to a couple weddings where we had plastic plates and cups for cocktail hour. I didn’t think twice about it. It seemed normal to me.
Post # 8
I should add that by “formal” and “traditional,” I mean that we have long dresses, a regular white cake, and it is in a church/the reception is in the church hall. The cocktail hour will be outside in a courtyard. We are providing all linens, silverware, plates, glasses, mugs, servingware, etc.
Post # 9
@BridieBea: I didn’t intend for “formal” and “traditional” to have the connotations “grand” and “classy.” Sorry for the misunderstanding! It is not a black tie, or even black tie optional, event. Just formal evening wear. And for Greeks, 300 is a small wedding.
Post # 10
@goldie602: I know right! Thanks for your input =)