Post # 1
We really cannot afford to rent the dinnerware and glassware for our wedding so our caterer is providing the clear heavy plastic plates and cups with the "silver plasticware" eating utensils. Both of which we are totally fine with. We also want table linens – the standard chocolate brown poly blend. We will have orange paper dinner napkins for the tables. Fiance and I are fine with this.
The problem is my mom and dad want us to scrap the linens for the tables and use the "linen feel" paper or plastic table covers that don’e even come in a color that matches my decorations. They feel like we are being tacky by having linens on the tables but use plastic and paperware to eat off of. On the other hand, we don’t want our wedding to have the all the way "indoor picnic" feel since we will have real flowers /candles for the centerpieces.
I just wanted to get a few other brides opinions about this. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
Nah, not tacky at all. Do what you’re comfortable with. If I went to a wedding like that, I wouldn’t even notice that the plates/etc. were plastic and there were actual linens on the tables.
Post # 4
I don’t think people REALLY notice what they eat off of. Besides, guests don’t eat for too long. Just make it feel beautiful. All most anyone notices is the feeling they get from the location. I do like linen table cloths.
Post # 5
I went to a wedding like that a little while ago and to be honest I didnt even realize the “silverware” was plastic until I tried to eat something!
Post # 6
Could you add a poll? I’ve been wondering about the same thing!
Post # 7
Because the linens are on the table for the entire reception whereas the plates and silverware are gone after guests eat, I think the linens would be the more noticed detail. I think you should just go with your plan and ignore what your parents are telling you. 🙂
Post # 8
What’s the price difference? It may not really end up saving you a ton of money. I was able to talk our caterer into giving us 120″ rounds for $5 a piece. I’ve seen the linen-feel ones retail for $5-10 so it doesn’t really seem like it would save much.
Post # 9
I went to a wedding where the plates, cups, etc. were high-quality plastic – looked just like china and glass! I thought it was genius. If I remember correctly, they used actual linens as well, which stayed on the tables all night. I thought it looked perfectly fine.
Post # 10
Ehh. It wouldn’t bother me as a guest.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I think by using real linens with high quality plastic table ware, you’re making a good compromise…Using real linens will make the overall look much nicer than paper or plastic table cloths, I think you should stick to your plan!
Post # 12
I’m using heavy brown plasticware (knives and forks) that I rolled in a brown paper napkin and wrapped with a ribbon. The plates are the clear plastic ones that I got in bulk from Sam’s Club. We’ll have white linen table cloths that the venue is providing. I think it’s going to look great. I vote for you to go with your idea!
Post # 13
We rented linens for our tables. We had plastic ware, wrapped in a napkin and tied with a ribbon (in our colors) and we used eco-friendly disposable plates. It looked great! I’d definitely stick with the linens!
Post # 14
Definitely go with linens and not plastic or paper table cloths. The linen upgrades the look and will make the fact that your using plastic plates and utensils less obvious. If you use plastic or paper table coverings, you’ll be excentuating lower cost place settings.
Personally, I’ve always hated seeing plast or paper table coverings at weddings. People always mess with them when their sitting at the tables. They end up torn and ragged looking, which totally ruins the look.
Post # 15
I plan on using plasticware and clear plastic plates at my wedding too! We can’t really afford the extra cost of rentals, and I’d rather spend that money on other things.
We are, though, going to use the linen-like tablecloths! My best friend used them at her wedding, and they held up really well throughout the whole night. Plus, I want them in white anyway, and plan to put little tin buckets of crayons out on the table so the guests can color on them like you would at some Italian places! 🙂
But to go back to your original question — if you feel it’s better to have real linens in the color you want GO for it!! If it’s what you really want, you’ll probably regret doing something differently, but you can get linen-like in brown, if you’re still considering it — http://www.mypapershop.com/210436.html
Post # 16
It’s your wedding, go with what you want and can afford. 🙂 I’m helpful, aren’t I? 😉
Me? I’d go with whatever is cheaper.
Also, are you going to be buying them or is the vendor letting you use theirs? Me? I’d rather have something cheap and disposable, in case they were stained by the food! LOL! I HATE dealing with stains….