Post # 1
Small budget. Casual wedding.
Real plates, cutlery, glasses, etc, rented $600 + Servers $800 (so people don’t have to bus or rinse off their plates!)
Real plates are nice — and it’s ok to bus my own plate! (And the couple would have to have nice friends to help rinse off plates at the end of the night)
Disposable? (But the nice plastic kind… perhaps even something unique like plastic square plates) and will save millions… ok… like $1000+ dollars
Would you care if a wedding you attended had plastic plateware and cutlery? Would you think it was not classy? Or would the couple you were celebrating, the food, and fun be more important?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
This is such a hard one, because really, the thing to do is to rent the real plates and hire the servers, but at the cost of… what, exactly? Hurting the feelings of guests you aren’t able to afford to invite? That’s a terrible trade-off. 🙁
If you *really* can’t swing the real plates, go with the plasticware. Having people bus their own plates seems like the last option to me. But I hate the thought of all that waste with disposeables, too. :-/
Post # 4
Depends how casual your wedding is…
If it’s gonna be a bbq in the backyard, then yes, plastic stuff is A-okay!
If it’s more sit-down with a sit-down meal and “real” linens, then you probably don’t wanna go the plastic route… are you having a buffet or sit-down meal? And where is your reception going to be?
Post # 5
i voted for the real plates just because i don’t like eating off plastic and it can be hard to cut certain food. i would go with real plates but depending on how casual your wedding is go with the serveres. we thought about renting the plates ourselves because of the same issue with the extra money but honestly it wasn’t that much more for us to rent them with our caterer and i didn’t want to deal with cleaning dishes on my wedding day (plus cleaning dishes that aren’t mine or have been sitting awhile freaks me out). i think it ultimately depends on the mood of your wedding
Post # 6
Oh I WANT the real plates and servers, don’t get me wrong. 🙂 But… the venue and food/caterer has already been more than we orginally thought (though still managable).
It basically leaves pennies for… a photographer, my DRESS, rings, and everything else?
It is a buffet but with decently nice food and will be at a nice/new community center
Post # 7
We’re doing real plates, glasses and silverware, and just counting on everyone taking their own to the kitchen! Hopefully the families will step in and take charge of this task…the dinner is served buffet-style, so hopefully it won’t be a big deal!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I’m on team ‘real plates.’ I think if bussing tables is the only way you can afford that, it’s fine. 🙂
Post # 9
Alvina – I’m in the same boat. I’m going faux, yo! A girl can’t help her budget!
Post # 10
Maybe you could go with disposable and go more eco-chic? We are getting real plates but are thinking of nixing our cutlery for ecoware – better for the environment, cute and rustic having)asual backyard wedding like we are having)
I think the Budget Savvy Bride had this at her wedding too!
Post # 11
We are in the same boat! We haven’t even discussed this decision yet, but it’s a hard choice!
Post # 12
I’m on the “Real Plates” side. If you were having an outdoor, bbq, rustic style or a at-home wedding I’d say plastic. But because its at an actual venue and being catered, I feel like a little money for “real” goes a long way. I wouldn’t ask guests to clear their own plates at all.
Post # 13
I vote against plastic. Plastic is bad juju, environment-wise. Dumping tons of it on this joyous day just isn’t a happy gesture.
If it’s a casual wedding, I’d TOTALLY do the real-plates-bussed-by-guests route. You can ask your closest friends to pitch in… Like a real dinner party! (Me, I think real plates, with real friends pitching in, is not only more fun, it’s more “fancy” — as in, sophisticated –in some ways than some pricey but generic caterers’ solution.) You could even get some boys/pals to promise to help make sure plates were cleared for table X, Y, or Z, to ensure no mess and smooth operations.
Another idea: How many people are coming? you know, it’s very cool, super stylish, to buy a bunch of real plates — mismatched — from Goodwill, etc., and go for a country-cottage or shabby-chi or Martha Stewart-ish colorful mix of china patterns. Plates at second hand are usually a quarter or 50 cents apiece. And you can re-donate them when it’s over. Good karma, all around.
Post # 14
I vote AGAINST having you or any of your guests bus the plates. Whether you get real plates or plastic ones wouldn’t really matter to me. I just think at the end of a nice party, the last thing anyone will want to do is sit around and wash dishes.
Post # 15
We could rent real plates I suppose, but we are going with eco disposable. Low cost + environmentally friendly =
I would rather see plastic plates/utensils than bus my own real plates. At the end of the day, it won’t really matter.
Post # 16
I’m doing plastic in a place that I probably shouldn’t, but I don’t care! hehe A fancy 2 story ballroom with a balcony around 3 sides…. I think I might be too laid back for my own good sometimes, but the food is the least important thing on my list, so you can imagine what place the plates you eat the food off of come in for me =)