(Closed) Am I the only person using disposables?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m from the QCA too. It’s pretty typical there to have disposables unless it’s at Hotel Black Hawk LOL.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

double post

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve never seen disposables for dinner but often have seen styrofoam and plastic cutlery for cocktail hour. None of the weddings with disposables were black tie or anything. 

Not for the OP, but for anyone considering plastic cutlery- don’t give your guests a plastic knife to cut steak. If you have plastic utensils, you better be serving something that can be cut with plastic utensils. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We are doing bamboo or palm leaf disposables, real silverware and tablecloths, linen look disposable napkins, and all plastic drinkware. We are in the same boat with no staff. The caterer is handling the food, but nothing else, so we wanted it to be easy. For the drinkware, it’s cheaper to use plastic, plus safer. People are klutzes. I don’t want them to break glasses, then I’m charged by the rental co.

People on some of the boards will call it tacky, but as long as they’re sturdy (bamboo, rigid plastic, etc), they will still allow food to go from one place to the other. And plastic forks will still carry food from plate to mouth, so don’t worry one bit about it. If someone you invite is going to talk smack, they should just go home.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think disposables are okay as long as it’s not like styrofoam Hefty plates from Walmart/Target and red cups (although if it was a down home BBQ themed wedding, this would work). One of the caterers said they use Smarty Had a Party (http://www.smartyhadaparty.com/) for their disposables at the events they cater. Some of these are super modern (e.g. square plates) or as @HeathenSwan suggested, bamboo, and I think these would be okay. I’m assuming your event isn’t black tie only. I think to do disposables and black tie may be a little too different.

That said, I would consider using real silverware, especially if you have large chunks of meat (such as a chicken breast or a prime rib) because disposable utensils simply do not cut well and some of them won’t hold up to heat well. I hate stabbing my fork into something and having the prongs curl because the food is too hot.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

the ONLY comment I would make about disposables would be the cutlery – pretty tough to slice beef with plastic forks and knives, in my experience 😛 otherwise, I wouldn’t care. I’d think wow what a way to save on money!

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are using biodegradable disposables through our caterer. It will cost us about $1.50 per person which is a lot cheaper than renting china, but not the absolute worst option for the environment. They are nice and sturdy too, not like supermarket paper plates or anything.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I am doing disposables.  My venue has no staff, either, so there will be no one to help clean up.  The table covering will be cloth, the plates, napkins and silverware are going to be “green”, and the cups are recyclable.  A lady from our church collects our communion cups (disposable) every week, and takes them to the local recycling place.  The cups will be the same material.  Hot cups will be “green” also.

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think it’s tacky but I could never do it. Then again, Fiance & I are having a budget, Eco-friendly wedding because we passionately care about there being a world around for our kids. I don’t think anyone will mind too much though unless your having black tie.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Glasses, plates and tea cups etc are prone to being smashed as accidents happen especially if someone has too much to drink lol. Linen tablecloths can get stained or ripped. Forks and knives can go missing. I used to work in a hotel and we always had to search through rubbish bags for cutlery after weddings and other parties. You are not going to harm the environment much as its just one day and you won’t be doing it every week. I’ll definitely have disposable stuff.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did almost everything disposable except the head table’s (napkins, silver, plate, and glasses),table cloths, and napkins. However, the rest of the guest and bar had disposable products and trust me no one noticed at all.

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I wouldn’t worry about it. I’ve been to weddings at fancy country clubs with real plates and I’ve been to casual ones with disposables and honestly had more fun at the latter. The people who really care about enjoying the day with you won’t care what they are eating on. I say go for it! We’ll probably do the same because honestly, I’d rather spend my $ elsewhere.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Our wedding is hors d’ouevre so we won’t need much cutlery.  The rest is biodegradable.

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