(Closed) Anyone buy their own table settings?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

have you seen reflections disposables? they look like china. if you were thinking of going with melamine anyway, it’s not that different and probably cheaper. frankly i like it better than the plain white plastic plate you linked.

eta: i replied before you posted the second link, which looks like it’s actually some kind of ceramic.
 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The nice thing about buying your own from somewhere like the dollar store is that you could sell them afterward, but you couldn’t sell disposable.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I’d personally buy the stoneware. If you don’t need a bazillion of them, you’ll be set for Holiday parties for years!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m buying the fancy plastic disposable. Our venue actually has glass plates and cups but it’s only my family and friends helping and they seemed to think that it would be too much work and hassle to have to clean up and wash all of those dishes afterward rather than just tossing them. Since I won’t be there I didn’t feel able to fight that battle.

Anyway, these are the ones I’m going to buy

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know! I hate the thought of throwing all that away, especially when there are plates available right there! And nice ones as well! *sigh* It’s one of those things where I can’t do it myself, so trying to say ‘No you must stay for 2 hours after the wedding is over washing dishes so that I can save a few hundred dollars’ just wasn’t worth the arguing.

I was actually impressed with how pretty they looked as well. We’ll see about how they feel as far as quality. Luckily we’re having quite a laid back wedding as it is, so it’s not like a fancy sit down dinner on plastic plates 🙂 Just a 2pm buffet

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Amaryllis: That’s exactly what we’re planning on doing: buying ‘real’ plates/flatware for dinner, and then doing cake with disposables. It helped our budget a lot – and our caterer doesn’t have an additional set of stuff to clean up later in the evening, hopefully cutting down on their service time… So I hope that other Bees think it’s okay!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We decided we didn’t want to do “china”, and we wanted something unique other than paper or plastic, so we went with pressed palm leaf plates and wooden silverware. It is economical (all recycleable) and it cost us under $100 for over 100 settings! The brand of the plates we got is called Verterra, and we got the forks and knives on Amazon I think. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not exactly sure where you’re located, but I was also thinking about buying my own table settings.

When I did some research, though, I saw that I could rent for cheaper. You may want to look into renting.

However I do plan on purchasing the flatware from Sam’s Club online. It breaks down to .13 a piece.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/category.jsp?searchCategoryId=2118&searchTerm=null&tireSearch=null&brand=null&servDesc=null&rootDimension=null&altQuery=null&offset=1&viewStyle=null&noOfRecordsPerPage=20&sortKey=p_retail_sort&sortOrder=0&_requestid=225448′ defer=’defer

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have the same dilema! I thought about the “real-fake” plates & flatware, but decided for the money I can get real stuff. I also thought about rental, which is cheap BUT what if someone breaks a plate or glass or accidently throws away a spoon or fork then add on top of that delivery. Forget it. So I searched the weddingbee classifieds & got my flateware for 25 cents a piece which was GREAT, I got my glasses at IKEA for like a little over a dollar a piece BUT I also got some other drinking glasses at Target for 7.99 for a dozen which to me was a steal! I bought my plates (dinner & cake) at Ikea for 79 cents!!! I’m set, just like the young lady above posted, I plan on selling my items on craigslist too. So at least I can get something back! =) OH-got my chargers from dollar store too!

 

Kiss

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

We bought real china and flatware from Goodwill. You’d be surprised at the amount of beautiful sets there are that have no visible signs of use or are still crated for under $1 a plate. We’re having a wedding under 100 people, so it was a great option for us. We get all the china we could ever want out of it too!

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