Post # 1
In planning for my wedding next year, I am debating about whether to buy plates and flatware and sell them later or get some good disposable ones (for example, the silver looking plastic flatware, clear plastic plates) from a wholesale store such as Costco. We are having a simple BBQ reception (outdoors, with a southern theme). We are also on a budget and our caterer can provide disposable plates and so on if we want (they will be the cheap looking styrofoam plates).We are expecting ~100 people.
Ikea has plates for $0.79-0.99.
Thoughts? Have you found it easy to sell your dinnerware after the reception? Is it worth the hassle?
Post # 3
I would suggest hiring tableware. There are plenty of companies who will allow you to hire as much or as little as you want. Just google “tableware hire”. Hope this helps.
Post # 4
I’m pretty sure that some places let you send them back dirty too. Less washing up – woohoo!!
Post # 5
So I just did a google. And in the UK there’s a company that does a 12-peice set (10″ dinner plate, 8″ dessert plate/starter plate, 6″ side plate, cup/saucer (as 1 item), dessert/soup bowl, table knife, table fork, dessert fork, dessert spoon, dessert knife, champagne flute, wine glass) for £1.80 ($2.90) per head. So if you’re having a BBQ and wont need all those things it should be much cheaper. They also provide a washing service for an additional charge.
ETA: they require a deposit of course.
Post # 6
We’re using disposable plates and cups, glass champagne flutes, and stainless steel flatware at our reception. The disposable stuff bothered me at first, now I”m just rolling with it.
Post # 7
rent it or buy and sell it. I feel like little details like this make a huge difference in how your guests perceive the wedding….
but mostly, thats a TON of waste for one day :/
Post # 8
Not sure where you are but you can rent all of this stuff for probably .35 per plate etc or less. Best you could resell an 80 cent ikea plate for is half off probably so I’d go with a rental co. And try to find a local company not a chain, they tend to be cheaper
Post # 9
For plates in great colors go to http://www.orientaltrading.com in the U.S. Do a search for wedding plates and disposible dishes. They may also have chargers or you could find them in any party store.
You can save the chargers which are larger and a heavier plastic, and go underneath the styro plates (and save anything seeping through). It gives a nicer look and should be perfect for your outdoor BBQ. Fancy it up with nicer napkins, flowers, petals and candlelight.
Post # 10
@LiseRamosMorales: This is a really nice idea! I haven’t seen anyone do it yet, and it really brings the disposables up a notch!
We scoured yard sales, flea markets, and restaurant closings for 150 of everything in mismatched china (that’s over 1600 pieces!!!) and we plan to sell them after the wedding. our budget was $0.25 per piece – no exceptions! (well almost no exceptions 🙂
Post # 11
There are some things that will make your life a living hell if you don’t just rent them. Dinnerware is one of them. You really want to spend days both before ANDafter your wedding washing dishes, spend time haggling and advertising to sell them, etc just to save like $50 from a rental fee??
Disposable is awful for the environment. Just rent it and be done with it.