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posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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2634 posts
Sugar bee

Have you checked your local Craigslist?  I see plates on mine quite frequently.

Post # 6
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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
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1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Another place for cheap biocompostables online is letsgogreen.

Post # 8
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195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

**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
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3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hi!  I’m the one with all the forks.  Wink  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
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1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

thanks for this post, it helped me too!

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