Post # 1
To set the scene:
I’d love to have a fancy wedding like you see in all the tv shows and blogs, but our budget just doesn’t allow for that. Our venue is an old church-turned-community center. It’s classic stone with high ceilings and stained glass windows. However, the floor is uneven and could use painted, the main hall (what used to be the sanctuary) is stripped of all decor aside from the stained glass windows and fancy hanging lights. I don’t have my dress yet, but I really like lace and or beading. Our tables are rectangle and we have black folding chairs.
I’d love to have real plates and silverware, but I’m not sure I can afford it. Should I cut corners other places (which I’m already doing as much as possible) and make the table settings look fancy, or are there nice looking disposable place settings that you recommend?
Post # 3
If at all possible, I would try to get some china. Even if you have to borrow it and it’s mismatched. Not only does china look better, but paper plates can be really annoying to eat off of.
Post # 4
I thought I couldn’t afford real plates either, but when I saw how much nice looking disposable dinnerware was going to cost, I decided to get a quote from a rental company and I was glad I did. Renting the dinnerware turned out to be $150 cheaper for 50 place settings than buying disposable would have. And it looked a lot classier, too. So get some quotes before you decide it’s a no-go!
Post # 5
Smarty had a party has some great, not cheap looking disposable plates for not that expensive. I think it depends on your area if buying the disposables or renting real ones is cheaper.
Post # 6
For the record, we paid only $188 in total for the following:
50 each of dinner plates, dessert plates, dinner forks, salad forks, teaspoons, and water goblets
30 each of coffee mugs and wine goblets
48 linen napkins
1 coffee maker
A friend of my sister’s who loves weddings volunteered to set up and take down all the rental items and count them up at the end. I would have paid her to do it because it made a huge difference in the day going smoothly.
Post # 7
Maybe you could go to IKEA or Sam’s and buy some plates and silverware? Then after the wedding you could donate all the plates to charity.
this link had some pretty good ideas http://www.younghouselove.com/wedding-album/
Post # 8
I’m doing disposable. Theres no way I could get anyone to help me clean all the plates. No one will care much in our case.
Post # 9
Go to the thrift stores, dollars stores, goodwill stores, etc. You can get real dishes for $1 per piece or less, its ok if its mismatched, you can do a shabby chic vintage type theme since you already stated that you envision your wedding gown having lace and beading.
Post # 10
what are you planning to serve for food? The last time I rented a hall the caterer brought the dishes. We just had to rinse and scrape and leave them in buckets. I don’t think the per person meal was that expensive either.
So I voted china but really I meant “look into alternatives closer”.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies! When I started looking at caterers a few months ago, I started looking into getting cheap real plates at walmart or something. What I found at the time looked more expensive than rentals.
Although, @mishagirls79 I hadn’t thought to look at dollar stores. Or Sam’s like @HisIrishPrincess suggested.
Sounds like china is the way to go, but keeping my options open is the key.
Post # 12
I prefer China if it is feasible for your budget.u could always sale it when u are done.
Post # 13
Disposable is so wasteful.
Post # 14
@andielovesj: Yeah, that’s another big reason why I don’t want to use it
Post # 15
We’re doing palm leaf disposables. They can be found on a lot of eco-friendly sites. We’re doing it because they look like wood and they’re disposable. We won’t have the manpower to clean dishes.
http://www.ecopalmware.com/ is where we’re going to order from. It’s the cheapest site I’ve found. I’m pretty sure we’re doing silver colored plastic utensils, though I haven’t 100% decided yet.
Post # 16
@andielovesj: This. SO MUCH WASTE.