Post # 1
We are having a full bar at the cocktail hour and reception.
Our venue is giving us the option of plastic cups vs. glass cups.
The glass is significantly more (can’t remember the exact figure – but a good 3-5 dollars PER person more).
Because of this – FI and I thought – no brainer – plastic it is! But, of course now, I’m second guessing it.
I know as a wedding guest (pre-wedding planning brain), I’d think plastic was a bit cheap.
We’ll have stemware for wine at dinner – but it’s at the bar where we have the option of plastic or glass.
SO – put on your wedding guest hats – would you care if free alcohol was served in plastic or glass?
Post # 3
No one will care what it is served in as long as they don’t have to pay for it. As a guest, I can’t recall a single wedding where real glasses were ever used and no one thought the couple was cheap because of it. Anyone who does has their priorities in the wrong place.
Post # 4
I agree no one will care. We are having glassware for dinner. I’m also having glass martini glasses for our signature drink. But for the rest of the bar items we are doing plastic. I didn’t see the point in having the extra hassle of renting real glassware and paying staff to wash them. I think with all we are doing it will be overlooked.
Post # 5
Are we talking the little clear plastic cups? I think those would be just fine. Maybe not the big solo cup style though.
Post # 6
Give me a big honkin red Solo cup with free booze please! Honestly, how can people be worried about how “classy” the plastic cups are when they are drinking beer or SoCo n Coke? Unless you’re drinking champagne, you shouldn’t worry what your drink is in. Forgetaboutit!
Post # 7
I was a little sad when we decided to go with plastic but now, 3 months later, I am enjoying having the extra cups at home 😉 And I don’t even think about it. If guests want to be that nit picky, they must be miserable.
Post # 8
For what it’s worth, the last wedding I went to (this last Saturday) had plastic champagne flutes for sparkling cider (was a dry reception at a church yet formal considering) and paper cups for coffee, punch and water. No one cared and everyone reused their cups unless they wanted something entirely different.
Post # 9
I’ll be brave…. I voted “Eww! Plastic! Didn’t you think about the landfills?”
I don’t think there’s really a class issue whether you use plastic or glass for the drinks (its not like you’re asking them to bring their own cups), but it is going to be a lot of waste! I can’t believe your venue is charging more for glass when it’s REUSEABLE! If you had 200 guests & they each had, lets say 5 drinks that night– that’s 1000 cups in the trash. Sigh. I really wish more venues would embrace going green…
Post # 10
I haven’t seen the cups, but they are not the cute little cups. The venue told me they’ll be like the red SOLO cups only clear.
They can’t serve beer in bottles, so they’ll pour it in those – as well as serve mixed drinks in those. I may request that mixed drinks be served in the little plastic cups instead of big huge ones (I still can’t wrap my head around it!).
I’m going to ask to see the plastic cups at my next venue visit…..
Post # 11
Oh my gosh, I’d do the plastic cups in a heartbeat! I can’t imagine your guests thinking anything of it. They’ll just be pleased with the free drinks, what they come in should be of no significance.
Post # 12
i think it depends on your wedding. we went to a wedding recently that was soooo fancy, they spent so much money on the wedding, crazy huge centerpieces, her dress was amazing, and lots of little extras. and then there were plastic cups. it just didn’t seem like they belonged, and i think she was obviously going for a really fancy black tie event, and that just didn’t work with plastic cups.
if it’s a little more casual, i’d be all for them.
Post # 13
our venue REQUIRES us to use clear, plastic cups..so we didn’t have a choice, but I’m ok with that anyway. (though, yes, my enviromentalist heart had a bit of an attack). I worked the US Open Golf Tournament @ Pebble Beach once and they used plastic cups so hey, why can’t we? Save the $$
Post # 14
As long as the wine drinkers can get a wine glass, champagne glasses for champagne, and maybe someone that wants a scotch can get a glass, i think that’s fine. If you’re hoovering your 5th beer or drinking a rum and coke, the plastic would work out great. Plus, less smashy-smashy
Post # 15
I agree with RecessionistaBride. I think maybe not plastic because it is creating a lot of garbage. Maybe you can find some biodegradable disposable cups.
Post # 16
We are doing (compostable) plastic for beers and regular cocktails. There will be glasses for wine and martinis, and the signature drinks will be in glasses because they’ll be prepoured with sugar on the rim and they’ll look cool in hiball glasses.
It’s an outdoor venue, and definitely on the casual side. I don’t think anyone will mind a plastic cup and if they do, then eff them. It wasn’t worth an extra $4 p/p.