Post # 1
What are your opinions on using real silverware but using Chinet paper plates? The reception is indoors, casual/semi-formal wedding. I’m thinking I’d like the silverware set on the tables, then there will be some people assigned to serving the plates and others handing out plates to the guests.
I really don’t want to worry about who is going to wash all those plates, a stack of dirty dishes at the end of the night, paying someone to do it, or dealing with broken plates. Our caterer does not offer china either. I know it’d save me some bucks too.
So, is it okay to use real silverware with Chinet paper plates?
Post # 3
If that is what you want to do, then you should do it; however, I am a firm believer that if you use real silverware, you should use real plates and glassware/stemware, especially if you are having a semiformal or formal wedding. If your wedding was a backyard reception, then it might be okay to use the Chinet. You still have a little bit of time, so I think that if you want the real stuff, you probably have enough time to find something in your budget. The caterer should be able to make sure the plates are cleaned up and packed and ready to go for the rental company to pick up.
Post # 4
My first suggestion is to skip Chinet paper plates, and instead spend a little more on nice plastic plates. You can get really nice disposable plastic plates that look almost just like real china.
(Another alternative are the biodegradable bamboo plates, but they’re more expensive)
That could make real silverware looks less strange.
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Post # 6
@tinylittlebird:Thanks for the link! It’d be about $15 more to buy those but I would be avoiding issues like paying for broken dishes or paying extra to have them washed, etc.
Post # 7
Here’s a link to plastic that looks like china. We are using them as the venue wont let us use any glassware. I know they are available at Sam’s Club and Costco for less.