Plastic dinnerware vs. china

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which would you choose?
    China & real silverware, looks better and easier to work with. (cutting meat) : (31 votes)
    48 %
    Plastic, save the money. : (12 votes)
    19 %
    I would not even expect real dinnerware at a barn wedding. : (7 votes)
    11 %
    It wouldn't matter to me as long as the food is good. : (14 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @soontobehisbride:  I think that it is really up to you. If I were a guest at your wedding, I really wouldn’t care. If the venue was in a grand ballroom and I got plastic, it would strike me as strange.

    I would say to save the extra money and create the elegance else where.

    Post # 4
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

    I had to cut costs for my wedding and the first thing to go was the china. Yes, I really wanted it, but my mom struck aq good point: do people really care about what they eat off of? To me, the food is more important than what you eat it off of. 

    Post # 5
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    4601 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @soontobehisbride:  I got a little hung up on this too, but in the end I decided to go with plastic. The plates and utensils at our venue aren’t cheap looking. I thought the plastic ones were the real china when I first saw them. I don’t think that people are going to care as long as they have something to eat on. My MOH is getting married in October and she went around to a bunch of thrift stores and estate sales and purchased a bunch of china plates for her wedding. I don’t know if that’s something you’d be interested in doing if you really wanted the china, or if you’d be able to, but she got 60 plates for about $40.

    Post # 6
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    42469 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @soontobehisbride:  There are other options. You can get plates in:

    bamboo  (my personal fave for a barn wedding)

    corn

    sugarcane

    palm leaves,

    compostable sustainable dishes

     

    You can get cutlery in:

    bamboo

    aspenware

     

    potato starch (Spudware)

     

     

    Stiletti makes these

     

    Exclusive Disposable Cutlery Set

     

     

     

    Post # 7
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    42469 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    These are Bambu plates used at a wedding:

    Post # 8
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    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We used super heavy duty black plastic dinnerware. It was almost as thick as real reuseable thick plastic dinnerware that people by for outdoor family BBQ’s and reuse for years.

    I would not expect china at a barn wedding & it might even seem a bit out of place depending on the formality of your event.

     

    Post # 9
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    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I say go for the real deal. I think it will be nicer for your guest, they’re getting all dressed up for your special day, give them a decent knife and fork. 

    Post # 10
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    2167 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    It’s totally up to you, your preference, and your budget. As long as the food is good then I’m all good!!!!

    Post # 11
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    3249 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @soontobehisbride:while I’m opinionated, and may think things like “Icertainly wouldn’t have done that,” there is very little that would actually make me go “I can’t believe they did that; what a dumb idea.” plastic cutlery is on that list.  I could easily Live with the plastic plate.  I wouldn’t use them at my wedding, and I might think “that’s inelegant” but I wouldn’t really care, as it doesn’t actually affect myability to eat the food.  Expecting me to cut meat with a plastic fork would make me think “you should have spent less on miniliights and given me real cutlery.”

    Post # 12
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    2807 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @soontobehisbride:  We did the plastic that looks like real silverware it still looked nice and people had no trouble cutting the meat altough everything was pretty tender.  Plus it was just us to set up and take everything down so that made it much easier for us than having to clean all kinds of dishes too.

    Post # 13
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    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’re having a tented reception at my grandmothers house and choose to use china and silverware.

    Not only will you have to factor in cost per person for china and silverware, but also cleaning. I can’t speak for all rental companies, but ours expects that at least most food be wiped off the plates before stacking, rinsing would be a bonus for them. You aslo should consider what your guest are going to be expected to do with their plates and silverware after they are done eating. We had to hire a serving staff to clear dinnerware, glasses, and clean and stack rentals and I was a bit shocked at the cost!

     

    In my opinon, If you aren’t able to go the whole way with china, silverware, linen napkins, stemware, serving staff, then I wouldn’t do it at all because I think it would make more work and headaches in the end and look less cohesive. I love the idea of the wood/bamboo!

    Post # 14
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    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I used bamboo cutlery and palm leaf plates for my wedding reception, which was in a state park. They are eco-friendly and biodegradable, and are sturdier and better looking than plastic. The bamboo cutlery works really well for cutting meat. It’s a little more expensive than plastic, but so worth it, and cleanup is easy since it’s disposable. 

    Post # 15
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    844 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Can you buy some really cheap metal cutlery at least? It doesn’t have to be fancy! In our home we use cheap metal cutlery, a pack of 36 pieces for less than £4! If that’s too expensive, then maybe bamboo or something? I will say though that I wouldn’t expect more than plastic – as long as I can eat I’m happy!

    Post # 16
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    2247 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I know a lot of bees get pissy when the word tacky is used, but IMO plastic dinnerware and cutlery fit the definition perfectly – sorry.

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