Post # 1
I am trying to find somewhere to buy plates to use for our Rehearsal Dinner for really cheap…the caterer is going to charge us a ton extra to use real plates instead of disposable. Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, does anyone have any suggestions of how to cut Rehearsal Dinner costs in general…we are going to have over 60 people coming. My fiance’s dad wants to include out of town family, but we are on a limited budget.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Maybe from here?
Another reader recently posted about an awesome deal she got from this site on forks…good luck!
Post # 4
My suggestions for cheap plates:
worldcentric.org has biocompostable paper plates – packs of 50 are $6.00 (I just ordered the 6″ unbleached ones for our cake plates)
Wedge Worldwide has disposible bamboo plates – packs of 50 are $47.00
if you don’t want disposable, check out thrift stores for mismatched china – Ours averaged $0.50-0.75 cents a piece
It would have cost us $1 per plate to rent them and $20 to replace a broken one.
Over all suggestion for keeping costs down? Don’t go all out. Keep things casual and simple like you would for a summer BBQ. Don’t worry about keeping it on par with what you’re doing for the wedding. People will appreciate have a casual atmosphere to catch up in without any pressures from a formal atmosphere.
Post # 5
Have you checked your local Craigslist? I see plates on mine quite frequently.
Post # 6
If mix and match will fit you feel I’d say go with thrift store/ craigslist finds. If you arent a mix fan, go with the biocompostable ones. In all reality, unless you are having paper plates in a ballroom with crystal chandeliers, no one will thinks twice about the disposable plates.
Post # 7
Another place for cheap biocompostables online is letsgogreen.
Post # 8
**Just remember that if you use compostable plates you will need to compost them somewhere! We considered these, but since we didn’t want to have 200 plates composting in our backyard we decided to use real dishes 🙂 If your garbage collection service separates compost or if you have a community garden source or a commercial gardener friend who can use it, I’m all for it!
Post # 9
Hi! I’m the one with all the forks. What we decided on for plates were the WNA Comet Masterpiece Plastic plates. Although listed as “disposables,” they look like china and can be washed and reused. However, they are much lighter (and thus easier to transport to the reception venue) than china, and they are unbreakable. Depending on the size plates you want, they can be anywhere from $50 for a case of 150 to $89 for a case of 120. To us, they seemed like a reasonable compromise between paper plates and china. Here is a link.
Post # 10
thanks for this post, it helped me too!