Post # 1
We are getting married and having our reception in an old water filter building that has been updated into a modern, urbany feeling venue. It has historic brick walls and polished cement floors. We are having about 100 people attend our wedding. We will be having a buffet serving pasta. It’s not a super formal wedding obviously with the venue, but it’s not super casual either.
With all of that being taken into account, is there anything wrong with using the clear, hard plasticware? I honestly have only been to one wedding where they used china, but from a reaction from someone I know concerning our plasticware, I’m starting to rethink it.
Thanks In Advance
Post # 3
The only thing wrong with it imo is how easily it can be recycled.
Some more ‘elegant’ affairs would be better suited to china etc, but if it’s a semi-casual event then I don’t really see an issue. Plus, the cost of renting dinnerware is exorbitant, so if it’s not in the cards, then it’s not in the cards.
Post # 4
It is your wedding. Do what you want and what fits the budget.
I honestly wouldn’t think it would be tacky if I attended a semi-formal wedding with plastic dinner.
The only thing I might worry about is “old school” relatives thinking its tacky.
Post # 5
Would you consider changing the title of your post?
It could be hurtful to other brides to see their choice voted as “tacky”.
Having said that, I would vote for bamboo or one of the corn based biodegradeable choices.
Post # 6
Plastic all the way.
There are some awesome plastic companies out there. It’s not just crappy Silo or nothing.
Here are mine
Post # 7
smartyhadaparty.com has some great choices for plastics.
Post # 8
I went to a wedding this summer where we were given plastic utensils and honestly, it was awful. It was hard to cut and pierce the food, but this may be less of an issue if you’re serving something like, say spaghetti. In general, though, I would strongly advise against it. Not because it’s “tacky,” but because it can be frustrating.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
I do like china better, but I’m trying super hard to stick to our budget. That being said, we found a venue that has china in their package price, so we’re doing china. If you can afford it, do, otherwise I think plastic is fine.
Post # 10
Its totally ok!
We decided to go this route because we are having a super casual affair (read picnic tables and buffet) where I wanted people to choose their own seating and mingle…walking from the buffet to your place setting with a heavy china plate and relatively heavy cutlery seemed difficult.
We’re just going with white.
Post # 11
If you want “real” (porcelain) plates, you could check out these, $6.99 a dozen from Bed Bath & Beyond. Since you could resell them after the wedding, they might well be less expensive over the long run than plastic. However, if you prefer plastic, there is nothing wrong with it.
Post # 12
I personally feel that something is only “tacky” of you think the people at your wedding will view it that way. In my future wedding I plan to use plastic dinnerware because I know that the vast majority of the people are our wedding are not majorly high class or snooty. Plus, the ones that are particularly well off should, and I believe DO, love us enough to look past something as unimportant as what you serve them food on…
Post # 13
Do you have a COstco near you? They sell a lovely white plastic dish with a silver rim that looks like China. It comes with silver tone untensils also which are sturdy. As far as recycling, I agree. They can be rewashed and reused if you are so inclined.
If you can’t find something upscale, rent the china. You can return it dirty, and they do all the drop off and pick up.
Your caterer will know what to do. That’s their job.
Don’t shy away from china because it is too much work. The rental place and caterer take care of everything. Ask your caterer regarding china rental.
Post # 14
OP: Have you ever thought about the fact that renting china could not only turn out to be an expensive idea in the first place, but some will likely get chipped, and therefore you will have to pay for the damage that will probably occur to several itmes? Plastic can be made to look very nice, so china is an unnecessary, and often ostentatious expenditure which can be ommited in favor of better spending habits (particularly because you are on a budget).
Post # 15
I am using plastic but it looks like real stainless steel. this picture isnt that great I just got it off google images but it gives you an idea. I’d chose these over clear plastic
Post # 16
I dunno, I think plastic is only ok if you’re having an outdoor reception, and even then only in certain cases (think picnic vibe.) Would you really be saving THAT much money?