(Closed) Dishes at a backyard wedding?

posted 11 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Congratulations on going for a wedding that fits you. I had originally hoped for a back yard wedding myself.

I was thinking that people might expect (or are used to) paper plates and cups for a low-key backyard wedding, so I’m not sure where you were going with the idea, but I hadn’t thought about plastic. We ended up mixing it up and going for Elegant BBQ. We rented basic plates, linens, glasses and flatware to add a fancy element to the otherwise down-home BBQ feel. It was a little unexpected and worked within our budget. However, it might not be for everyone. You might want to take a look at pricing, guest size, and availability.

1. How big is your guest list?

2. Are there enough plastic plates available for your guest list? (Otherwords, would that require driving around to several different stores, ordering them online etc)

3. How does buying plastic stack up against renting plates?

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I don’t know if this helps, but I recently went to a backyard wedding where they did the mix-and-match china and silverware (some from relatives, some from the church, some from the community center), and it gave it a real home-y feel.  My one word of caution with this is to make sure you have enough – they ran out!  But it was a really cool, simple, personal touch that at first thought seems disjointed, but really came together nicely.

If it’s not in the budget, I wouldn’t recommend renting.  Paper and/or plastic would be suitable for something really low-maintenance, and the bright platic plates you’ve been thinking about might be nice if the colors work.

What are you serving?  That could determine the overall look and feel, too.

Good luck!!  Sounds really fun!

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