Post # 1
Let me break down my wedding before you make a decision. I am having a small ceremony/reception of 25 people max. Following the ceremony I am having cake and punch. White linens are supplied but not plates or cups. I like the real china option but I can’t imagine having to haul them around from the renter to my house to the venue to the renter again, and forget finding the time/place to wash them. Oh and if one dish breaks could I afford it? So I was going towards clear plates but I have never seen anyone use them, and I thought clean up would be a lot easier and I plan on people using more than 1 plate and this option would be cheaper. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thank you.
*Not having a theme, colors are black, red, and white.
**If I use real china, for cake and punch reception do I put the plate on the table and they reuse that plate or do I buy 2-3 plates per person and set it up buffet style?
Post # 3
I prefer real unless it’s a very casual wedding. Can the rental place deliver to your venue? Ours did, and the venue washed everything for us before giving them back to the rental place. It was very easy, we didn’t have to do a thing.
Or what about buying some thrift store plates? I don’t know your theme, but it can be pretty and cheap to get some mismatched dishes and that way you won’t have to worry about breaking them.
Post # 4
If you only need for 25 people I would just buy them and resell them after the wedding.
Post # 5
To rent china, silverware & glasses – and yes you need separate plates for the dinner and for cake and also separate utensils – will be in the neighborhood of $5 per person. Rental companies generally charge $100 for delivery and pickup. They are very heavy – it takes caterers lots of extra time to collect rinse and repack them and they have to charge extra for that.
That being said – if money is not a concern – china is always nice. But disposables don’t have to be tacky, as evidenced by the photos below using Masterpiece disposable plates from http://www.smartyhadaparty.com and they have another brand now that looks very very similar, just as substantial and lots cheaper than the actual Masterpiece brand.
Post # 6
Th OP said she is having cake and punch, not a dinner.
I would go with the clear plastic plates as no one is going to deliver for 25 people or they will charge an unreasonable amount to do so.
This is a pretty look with a doily under the clear plate.
Post # 7