Post # 1
We are having our reception in this barn thing with wood tables, and we are having BBQ for dinner. The colors of my wedding are green with a soft pink rose for the accent colors. My dress is lace, so I’m incorporating lace/vintage stuff into the decor. I know the food may not “go” with my theme, but I don’t care, I love BBQ 🙂
The venue doesn’t supply anything for the reception except the wood tables. I’ve bought some lace runners I’ll use on the tables, and I’ll be making my own paper flower that I’ll put in jars/cans I’ve been collecting. I’ll be cutting squares of fabric for napkins (to make a quilt later), and am thinking I’ll use mason jars for the beer/water/soda, I’ll be renting real glass wine glasses, I’ll probably do plastic utensils. My question is, what kind of plates I should use. Because it’s BBQ (and casual) should I go paper, or because I’m trying to make it all vintagey & lacey should I go real plates or those plastic china looking plates? Plates are 50 cents to rent, the plastic “china” plates are about $1.00, and the paper plates are cheap.
Post # 3
I suggest renting real china plates. I think glass wines glasses would be strange with paper plates. And I definitely wouldn’t pay twice as much for a plastic plate as it costs to have actual serveware.
Post # 4
With the vintage feel and lace, I’d definitely rent plates. It seems like everything else that you’re DIYing will take a lot of time and care, so I wouldn’t go “cheap” on the plates. Maybe you could even find some neat ones that are relatively inexpensive in flea markets, antique malls, craigslist, or eBay AND then sell them afterwards to recoup some costs!! Just a thought…
Post # 5
I think renting plates would look more beautiful and are a better deal then the plastic!
Post # 6
Since you have time can you go looking at flea markets, thrift stores, etc and maybe find a bunch of mismatched plates cheaply?
If not, I’d rent real plates.
Post # 7
real plates or bamboo plates!
Post # 8
I bought hard-plasitc plates that are square and plasticware that looks like real silverware and I am very excited about it. My Future Sister-In-Law found them at BJ’s Wholesaler 10 dinner plates and 10 dessert plates for 5.99 and the plastic ware was cheap too but I dont remember how much I spent. I think it was $ 10 for 40 (forks,knives and spoons) Mine doesnt look cheap at all. There was a woman there and she had her own catering company and her clients loved them .. These are not it I can send you a pic of the ones I got when I get home if youd like but I found these cute green ones 🙂
Post # 9
I’d go with hard plastic “china”. Smarty Had a Party is a great website for them.
The reason I went with them is because I’m not going to be around for the clean up and I didn’t want to saddle my family with hundreds of plates to wash and dry. Especially with a more rustic sort of wedding I don’t think you need real plates.
Post # 10
i say rent real china… not to step on anyones toes but it is your wedding and since youre having a lace vintage theme its not a regular every day BBQ so you have to turn it up a notch and paper papers or plastic china isnt going to do it