(Closed) Thoughts about plastic cups @ the reception/cocktail hour

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: You walk up to the bar and are served a drink in a plastic cup. You think:
    Eww! Plastic! How could you? : (0 votes)
    Eww! Plastic! Didn't you think about the landfills?! : (4 votes)
    10 %
    Eww! Plastic! Glass would have been so much classier! : (7 votes)
    18 %
    YAY! Free drinks! : (28 votes)
    72 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    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
    Member
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    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
    Member
    1801 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    Member
    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    Member
    624 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    Member
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    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
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    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    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 # 11
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    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    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
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    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
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    3125 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    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
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    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
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    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    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.

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