Plastic "china"…cheesy or bargain?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1716 posts
Bumble bee

I think it’s fine. As long as the plates, cups, etc. do what they’re supposed to do and there isn’t any leaching of chemicals or anything like that, I think they’re great. 

Post # 3
15016 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve seen these China looking plastic plates at a few events this summer. I thought they were great. They looked nice, no or easy cleanup, and there wasn’t that annoying clinking during speeches. I think I was one of the few that even noticed that they were plastic, most people were eating and chatting enough they would never have noticed.

Post # 4
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think they are ok in the right setting- a casual wedding, a huge family reunion. They may seem a bit incongruous in  a nice venue.

Post # 5
5392 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of plastic unless it’s a really casual affair. We do paper/plastic for casual parties (eg buffet) but wouldn’t do it for a more formal affair. So IMO it depends on the type of wedding you’re having. 

Post # 6
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

nestle:  I m good with it in the right situation- ie rustic/casual/etc- We did it for our reception but it was just a family bbq in the park… Are you having a formal wedding? It sounds quite formal in a ballroom with those colors. I just don’t think a ballroom is the place for even very nice plastic plates… 


Post # 7
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

nestle:  That’s what I’m using!

We’re not having a formal sit down and more of a party appetizer/dessert reception. So to avoid a ton of broken plates we’re using the plastic ‘china’ plates.

I think if you’re having a more formal sitdown the plates might e a little too casual.

Post # 8
37 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Lacuna Artist Lofts

I say go for it, and feel confident about it. Also, rest assured that no one will remember the material of the dishware after the wedding. And those pictures will be way more worth it.

Post # 9
897 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

That’s what we’re using, also. 

A big, more casual wedding being catered by a famous local pizza shoppe. So, the “fine china” plastic ware is perfect. No one’a ever going to remember your wedding for the dishes. 🙂

Post # 10
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

nestle:  If everything else was fancy (cloth napkins, glass ware, nice ballroom) I guess I’d find it a bit jarring to then have plastic crockery but it’s not like I’m going to think poorly of the couple.

Post # 11
2818 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t have anything against it, but I wanted to mention two things:

1. I’d still try to do real silverware if you can because even the “silver look” plastic ones are still prone to breaking. The stainless steel ones are super cheap at Sam’s. 100 knives and 100 forks were like $70.

2. I found that renting china was actually cheaper than buying nice disposables. I was very surprised, but it’s true. 

Post # 12
11614 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think they’re good for a casual affair.  If your wedding is anything more than that, it’s going to look cheap.

Post # 13
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

nestle:  Mixing plastic plates with glassware and silverware seems like a mismatch. If you are going on a picnic, using plastic plates. If you are setting a formal table, they do not belong.

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