Post # 1
This is my first post, so hello!
I have been going back and forth between using either plastic or china for our dinnerware and I cannot decide! Our wedding is going to be a dinner brunch and we will be serving alcohol.
To cut costs, we initially decided to use paper plates, but then upgraded to plastic so it has a more formal look to it, while still keeping costs down. Now I’m thinking that I should splurge, get the china and have it look great.
What do you guys think? Do you think if we stuck with plastic people would raise their eyebrows? Or should we go with China? What is everyone planning? To clarify, we are serving a pretty nice meal (not a BBQ style), but wanted to stick with the buffet, to give everyone some creative freedom of choosing their own food combinations.
I LOVE the look of china, especially the white bone plates with the platinum/silver lining around the edges. Very classy.
Post # 3
The poll didn’t work, there was only an option for china, but that would be my pick anyways. Plastic is out of the question, IMPO!
Post # 4
No question, no contest: China. It’s a wedding, not the 4th of July;) Cut costs with other things, but don’t cheap out when it comes to your tablewear.
Also, you might want to edit your poll as right now it’s only showing one voting option.
Post # 5
@Kachi: Welcome, and hello from a fellow Oregon gal! 🙂 Honestly, there’s some REALLY nice plastic plates these days, they definitely aren’t what they used to be. Smarty Had a Party has an awesome selection on their website and they’re amazing quality. Here’s the link for the dinner plates, you be the judge, but I don’t think you can tell they aren’t glass! I’ve felt and held them before too, you definitely can’t tell. The only way that someone will be able to identify that it’s plastic is if a plate is dropped and it doesn’t break. In that case, awesome!
Honestly, unless china is included in your catering costs I vote to just go for some nice plastic plates. No one is going to notice, just like no one will notice chairs either. These are all just details that we wind up spending tons of money on that no one will remember.
Post # 6
I’ve updated the poll 🙂 I didn’t realize the first line was for the title! Thanks for the heads up!
Post # 7
China! Plastic plates are only suitable for backyard BBQs in my opinion. Go for real plates!
Post # 8
This was the one thing I was not going to back down on for my wedding. I insisted on real plates, glasses, cutlary, etc etc.
Plastic was unacceptable to me and it screams “Picnic” (Which is great if you’re having a picnic themed wedding!) but outside of that case, I think real plates all the way. It’s worth the expense.
Post # 9
China! No question, unless you are having a picnic or a backyard bbq.
Post # 10
China, hands down!
Also, plastic isn’t environmentally friendly. 🙁
Post # 11
Thanks for your guys’ input! I LOVE the look of china, like I said… now to convince my FH of it. He is wants everyone to feel comfortable and thinks that china will make everyone feel like they need to be more ‘uppity’ rather than themselves.
I saw this picture on Brides.com and I’m loving the look of this set up.
Post # 12
@Kachi: Or maybe that’s what he’s telling you his reason is because he really just wants to save money. IMO, plastic tablewear at weddings are tacky. Like PPs said, it’s not a picnic or a backyard BBQ, it’s a wedding.
Post # 13
what about glass plates instead of china, I mean, ikea has some cheap stuff you could just donate after the wedding. I hear china and I think $5 a plate…
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory
@Kachi: another oregonian here. would you be renting or buying your dinnerware if you go with china? i too am in the same boat. i think we are going to go with paper/plastic (havent decided yet) as we will have quite a few children and a few drunks. also we are doing a buffet style dinner so no dinner ware will be set out on the tables before hand. i agree most guests wont even pay that much attention to your plates. they hold their food (hopefully they are strong enough lol) i say if you arent setting the tables before hand, save your money and put it somewhere else. it will be less cleanup later (who wants to wash that many dishes?)
Post # 15
We rented basic white china. It looked nice, there was less waste, and if you go for the most basic model the cost is not very expensive.
Post # 16
@Kachi: Totally depends on YOUR wedding: we are doing plastic, since our reception is a backyard BBQ set up 🙂