Post # 1
We are DIY our food, so no catering to rent plates and utensils from. FI’s family would just as soon buy the “fancy” plastic disposable plates, which I may have to resign myself to, but I am looking for nicer alternatives. It doesn’t have to be china or anything, but just something besides the plastic chinet from Sam’s Club! Any suggestions?
This one looks too good to be true, and it doesn’t say how many come in a unit. (12 per case for $10? What?)
This one doesn’t look so bad, either, and the website looks somehow more trustworthy! Obviously, if I go any of these routes, I’d look them up thoroughly first.
Post # 3
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 # 4
Yeah, I don’t think I’d go with the first one as it doesn’t look like a trustworthy site at all, but just throwing it out there haha.
I have seen Reflections flatware before, but never plates. I think for flatware, I will probably just go to Walmart and buy out all their mismatched 4-packs that are like $1. Our decor is mistmatched vases and floral/”rustic” if you want to label it, so I figured that would work.
While searching for reflections, I found someone reviewing that she went to Dollar Tree instead to get cheap real stuff. I didn’t know they sold it, either, but they have stoneware plates for $1 each. Would that be better?
Post # 5
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
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
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 # 8
Our guest list is around 95, so it would still be quite a bit of money but not really any less than renting settings. More than disposable, but that’s not really a comparison!
@rachel_leigh: I was thinking that, too. I don’t see plates come up too often in the classifieds, so I wonder if there would be a market for them?
@kala_way: I was not expecting such nice looking plates when I clicked on over! That is definitely nicer than the plastic ones I’d seen, though I hate the thought of throwing away all that plastic. When I was considering disposables, I looked into compostable ones, but I can’t get past that they sort of resemble/taste like wood. I might have to reconsider if I can find nice ones like this, and we could always recycle anyway. They have some really nice options here, though it seems like the regular round won’t really save me much money over the stoneware.
Post # 9
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 # 10
@kala_way: Yeah, I don’t blame you! We’re also having a buffet, and while I wont’ go so far as to say it is formal, it will be a full dinner evening reception.
Additional question: if I were to buy something like the stoneware for dinner, would it be OK to serve the cake on plastic?
Post # 11
@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
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 # 13
@Ms. Vintage: Have you gotten yours yet? That is the stuff I read about before, and I read some reviews that said it has the woody taste like a popsicle stick.
Post # 14
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.
Post # 15
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!
Post # 16
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!