(Closed) Budget Bride – Disposable Plates?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
114 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t think it’s a good idea… Think carefully about how much you will actually save using disposable. Also- it depends on what type of dinner you are having. I would say it might be better for a buffet style than sit down. If waiters are serving the food I would say definitely spring for real dishes.

Post # 4
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think this is totally fine for outdoor receptions or intimate bbq weddings, etc. but if you are talking an indoor venue I personally wouldn’t cut costs by way of the plate settings or flatware. I’d try to do more simple centerpieces or cut back on something that people won’t notice or miss quite so much. Even though it shouldn’t be a big deal and in the grand scheme of things plates are so unimportant, I just feel like the guests would remember the disposable plates and it may take away from other beautiful details that deserve to be recognized.

Post # 5
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I think it depends on how casual the wedding is. If it’s a casual wedding and you really don’t care about the plates, go for it and spend the 500 elsewhere. But if it’s something you think you’ll regret, then go for the nicer ones.


Post # 6
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t think it will be a good idea either. As a guest, the one thing I would remember from your wedding is the disposable plates.

I say pay the $500

Post # 9
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I really think it depends on what type of reception you are having. We had an outdoor one with just appetizers so disposable plates and what not worked out really well. But like the others said if it is indoor and you are having a dinner it might be better to have sturdier items. $500 isn’t that bad, when i was looking at renting things for my wedding it was going to be like $700-800!

ETA: I just saw your other replies and if it is buffet style then I say go for it!

Post # 10
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was at a wedding with disposable plates and utensils that were in plastic with salt, pepper, and a napkin (like from a take-out)……I will never forget it because I was just shocked. This was an indoor wedding and so even less appropriate to use disposable. I know it might seem silly, but I personally would not pick disposable over real to save money because as 2010bride2be said, guests will remember and it does affect the overall ambiance.

Is there an option to cut out pieces of dishware/flatware to reduce the cost? (I don’t know the exact place setting they use and whether it’s a couple forks, or five)

Post # 12
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am also on a very tight budget and have considered highend disposable items; however, I am also trying to have an environmentally friendly wedding too. I haven’t set up with a caterer yet, but depending on what they quote me, I may just try to hit up Walmart, Target, Pier 1, etc, for the table settings. Something else that will need to be factored in is the setup. I can just sell the settings after the wedding.

Even if you serve the least expensive food possible, it will tast better on nonplastic settings.

I think that if you are questioning yourself about it now, you probably know the answer to your own question.

Post # 13
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just posted this elsewhere, but it applies here too!

This is where I am getting my plates from-


I NEED (Need, hear me world!) white square plates with a passion. To rent them- heartattack land! Oy vey! This place has 120 10.75″ dinner plates for $95 bucks! 120 dessert plates for $35! Sooo super awesome! They are “disposables” for catering comapnies, but they are made out of thick plastic, so can simply be washed and resued (so for those of us on tiny budgets- washed and resold!). They have tons of plate options (as well as other things!) outside of my beautiful square plates. Explore the site and I hope you are able to find something you love AND can afford!

Also, for silverware (if you don’t have your yet) Sam’s club sells their forks/spoons/knives in packs of 36 for $5-$8 a pack! Way cheaper then renting and while they are not the fanciest things ever, they are real metal and you can turn around and sell them to another bride in need.

Post # 14
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I agree with a few other posters when they say it will affect your overall ambiance and will be remembered!

$500 dollars is really affordable for rentals – If you can afford it I would say go for the real plates and cutlery!

Post # 15
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I personally would not use disposable at a wedding. I would try to take the 500 dollars from somewhere else if you can. I would find it really odd at a wedding unless it was very informal.

Post # 16
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was in a wedding where the bride’s mother wanted to cut costs.  Plastic plates, silverware, champagne glasses.  it was.. different.  I think you should splurge the $500.  as someone else posted, try to cut costs where people won’t really notice.  wedding favors?  centerpieces?  flowers? 

sorry 🙁 but I’ll always remember that plastic dinnerware.

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