those of us buying (not renting) catering items (plates, linens, etc.)

posted 3 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 3
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I bought these to try them out for our wedding…I was SHOCKED at the quality. They seem and look nicer than some of my plates from Crate & Barrel. Super imprsesed.

Not sure where’ you’re getting married, but my venue told me that they would charge me to wash each item because when you rent, the rental company takes care of washing. So unless you’re planning on taking home hundreds of dirty dishes, that’s something to keep in mind. I also heard that linens can get super wrinkled. So for me, I decided against buying everything, but I definitely considered it! I looked at a bunch of Weddingbee boards and it seems like there are a few websites that everyone uses for linens, so I recommend searching around for those.

Good luck!

Post # 4
1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I purchased our basic linens from I haven’t seen them yet (I live in Philly but had them shipped to st Louis where our wedding is), but my mom said they are really nice quality. I got them for 40% of during a recent sale- MUCH cheaper than renting!

something I will caution about is that they are HEAVY! I only bought 16 132″ clothes (we’re renting premium overlays to go on top) and my box was 50 pounds according to the shipping notification. I can’t imagine lugging them around, plus dishes, napkins, and glasses.

Post # 5
498 posts
Helper bee

We bought 18 sets of these dishes for $650. I’ve been buying the wine glasses from bed bath and beyond for $8 for a set of 12. We’re using mason jars that I added chalkboard stickers to and made straw tops for as regular drinking glasses and the wine glasss for water on the table.  Our caterer is going to rinse them off after the wedding and we’ll have one of my sister’s friends help washing.  

We also ordered silverware, salt and pepper shakers and pitchers from wasserstrom online for $160. 

We did the tablecloth sale from linen table cloth also. I’ll buy the napkins later. 

One nice thing for us is that my dad owns the venue so we’re planning on bringing stuff down early and won’t be in a huge rush to get it packed up. 

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