(Closed) Plastic forks and linens?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I know that a number of my very eco-conscious guests would have had panic attacks and run screaming from my venue if I’d used plastic utensils, plates, and cups.  I also don’t think it would look very good.  I’d definitely try to find a caterer who will provide dishes– much greener and more attractive.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Have you considered buying some mismatched china from the Salvation Army?  You can find real bargains on beautiful dishes there, so it would probably be much cheaper than renting.  Mismatched china has a very shabby chic appeal, and it’s reusable.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m in the same boat as you. We are trying to save money and were planning on linens with some kind of disposable tableware.

I did some looking around at some other posts and someone recommended http://www.mypapershop.com/ which has linen-like tablecloths and runners, and they also have paper cups in a lot of different colors. They are pretty inexpensive and the linen-like "linens" might save enough money to spend a bit more on other items. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I decided against renting or buying china, but wanted to stay away from plastic as much as possible. We’re renting tablecloths. I told my caterer I wanted paper plates and asked him if he’d consider Ecoware wooden cutlery for us. He agreed and is providing it at no extra charge!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

What a good idea! Too bad they don’t come in smaller cases than 1000 each.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I don’t think plastic is the way to go…  Since your wedding is a year and 4 months away I would definitely just start searching for caterers who include linens and dishes in their price. I actually disagree with the statement that the caterers hike up the price. I took the price of our meal and added the price of the linens and specialty rentals from a local party place & it didn’t save us anything at all!

Our venue is charging us $2 extra per person for the rentals. Just for the basics we get: 100 linen napkins ($52.5 rental), all table linens ($130 rental), all the extra tables ($65 rental) we need & stemless ridel glassware ($200 rental). It would have cost us an extra $310 dollars + delivery fee had we gone through the rental company for those basics alone.  Our venue provides dinnerware though…

If you do your research you will find that it is *usually* cheaper to go through your caterer than to rent everything separately! Luckily time is on your side ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Personally plastic forks & regular plastic plates isn’t my thing, AND I didn’t want the costs of renting. So I did research, you can actually buy silverware from Sams for about .15 per fork and .25 per knife. Also look into WNA’s Masterpeice plastic plates, they are heavy duty and look like China, so they don’t feel like regular plastic plates. They are about .70 per plate. So you can just throw away the plates and then donate the silverware after the wedding.

I def would of went this route if we didn’t find an affordable caterer ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Okay wow. How expensive are rentals in your different locations!?

.70 for a disposable plate seems kind of high to purchase. The majority of the rental places in Vancouver rent plates for for .30-.50 each! The average cost of silverware is between .18-.25

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

It would have cost us $1 per plate and $0.50 each per knife/fork/glass to rent in western Colorado (up and over the mountains from Curlysue.)  I’m not sure what the going rate in Denver is.

We’re going the thrift store mis-matched china route.  Our settings (plate, fork and butter knife) averaged $0.75 each.   We were able to collect 200 settings with very little difficulty.  

Also ended up buying linens because it would have cost the same to rent them.  I’m starting to think I should start my own rental company for the Denver area!  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you still want the convenience of plastic, my venue gives us the option of using these: http://www.barebysolo.com/products.html

Apparently everything is either compostable or recycleable.   

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think you might not like the look of plastic, especially with cloth linens, but I will say that the eco-consciousness argument against them is murky.  The detergent, electricity, and water used to wash flatware all take an environmental toll.  And more oil is burned to transport heavier metal cutlery than it is to transport light plasticware.  It’s extremely difficult to do a comparative life cycle analysis of their environmental impacts, in the end it will likely completely depend on where these items are being made and shipped from.

There are also eco-friendly disposable options which also look pretty cool:

 http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/12/biodegradable_d_2.php

In the end, table settings contribute a lot to the mood of your reception.  I would base your decision on the look you want to achieve.  There are some great ideas above for how to get non-disposable stuff cheaply.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you want to use disposable I would consider using the bamboo as opposed to plastic. Especially if you really want linens. Plastic will just cheapen the look of everything IMO. The disposable bamboo costs more than plastic, but its eco-friendly and cool looking! (And probably still costs less than renting)You could probably get a discount for ordering in bulk too. Shop around.

http://www.partyatlewis.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=naturalwood&gclid=CNf4o97ispsCFQxM5Qod0At2Qg

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

You might want to check out differing rental companies as well. I’m renting all of my place settings for $2.50 pp. That includes a dinner plate, wine glass, water goblet, fork, knife, and spoon- and the cleaning fee.

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