(Closed) chinette vs china

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If you are having a backyard wedding, I think you should be fine. We are having a buffet too, and it is only costing us $2.00 per person to use china.

Post # 6
11 posts

Have you seen smartyhadaparty.com?  They have pretty nice looking plastic stuff for super cheap!


I’ve never actually seen the stuff in person but I think you can order samples and the reviews I’ve read online are really good.

We are considering the same thing you are.  Disposable vs real…. good luck!



Post # 7
875 posts
Busy bee

They have clear plastic plates that look like a glass plates and still look elegant and not cheap.  You can get them at Cosco and they are affordable, I would think that you could find some at Sam’s Club!  A friend used them at a reception that didn’t have a dishwashing system onsite, and they worked great!

Post # 8
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

our rentals were about $0.55 each (per plate cup etc) and that was pretty standard for my area. we upgraded though, there were some as cheap as $0.40 each. i just hate the idea if all the garbage, from a “green” standpoint.

Post # 9
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Our caterer is supplying our dinner plates, forks, knives, wine glasses, water gobblets, desser plates, and desert forks for that. I suggest talking to your caterer to see what they can offer you. For an additional $1.50 per person, we are also having them set the tables with the place settings. We are having a buffet, but I like the look of the settings on the table. The desert plates and forks will be by the cake.

Post # 11
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah Lindsey, we got smartyhadaparty and it looks great! Really though, we are inviting 250 people, so it ended up costing like $300 for plates, cups, more cups, silverware, appetizer plates, but it was WAY cheaper than what the rental companies had, and our caterer doesn’t provide anything. Plus, I think it is easier to deal with. We will have recycling cans set up for all of the glasses and are (sorry!) throwing away the plates. We don’t have to worry about washing anything or packing to take back to the rental company. 

All the stuff looks great! Our reception is very casual, and honestly I can’t remember what I ate on at any wedding I have attended anyway.

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