(Closed) Disposables– Are they TACKY???

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Should we use the disposables?
    Yes : (57 votes)
    57 %
    No : (43 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    1213 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I say go for it, I think that due to your venue, it would make total sence and not at all tacky. If you were getting married in a fancy hotel then I’d expect ‘real’ china, but if you got the good quality heavy duty plastic tableware then I probably wouldn’t even notice.

    Don’t forget, your guests are coming to celebrate with you, not to to look for ‘tacky’ things. They will probably either not notice, or be impressed with the quality of the disposables.

    So use them, its fine. 🙂

    Post # 4
    1213 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Also, I see you are new! Welcome to the hive!

    Post # 5
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We did a mixture–disposable plates, but very inexpensive stainless steel flatware.  My theory was that for flatware, having it real actally affected usability, but that dispoable plates would work just as well as “real” ones.

    If you are interested in the stainless steel ones, here are some links:

    Post # 6
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Not tacky – if the venue is very rustic.  Or if it’s a very casual backyard wedding.

    I think it doesn’t “fit” the venue as well if you use a more typical banquet hall type place.

    Post # 7
    1991 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I say go for it too!!!

    Based on the venue and since it’s not super formal, I definitely wouldn’t mind.

    Post # 8
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I HATE plastic silverware…it always snaps, butter ends up on my dress, and it’s hard to eat with. But otherwise, it sounds like it fits your venue. But a real knife/fork would be nice…

    Post # 9
    1250 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’ve been wondering about the same thing. We’re still a little torn about it, but think we’re going to go with these bamboo plates – they are biodegradable (thus better on the environment than plastic disposables) and go really well with our rustic theme. 

    I didn’t like the bamboo flatware that they sell – the plates seem high quality but the flatware made your food taste like wood – so I’ll probably use real flatware, like @roux posted (thanks for the links!)

    I think you should be fine, but would recommend asking for a sample of the type of disposable you’re going to order first to ensure you are comfortable with the quality.

    Post # 10
    28 posts

    I have been to events that had the nice disposables and you couldn’t tell until you actually started using the utensils. They looked very classy. My only concern is if you are having chicken or beef that would need to be cut with a knife. It would be much more difficult to cut into it with a plastic knife.  If you’re not, then I say go for it!!

    Post # 11
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I say go for it. If its close family and friends are they REALLY going to care? Especially if it isn’t a super formal event. I do agree with the above poster though that if you could do 1 real thing silverware should be it. Those links are for suuuuper cheap silverware so it might be worth it to just do real silverware and plastic cups and plates. 


    Post # 12
    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Shoot, I voted no, but meant yes! lol, oops! 

    Post # 13
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Ditto 2ndBride: I have no problem with plastic cups (I’m using them!) and am ok with good plastic plates. Silverware, on the other hand, I’d really rather have real stuff–doesn’t have to be fancy, but plastic silverware just isn’t as functional sometimes.

    I also have a personal issue with the plastic silverware thats silver colored–I think that ends up drawing more attention to the fact that its plastic, because you pick it up expecting it to be real, but then its really light and so you actually end up noticing more that its plastic, because of the mental mismatch. With clear plastic, the experience matches your expectations so you don’t think about it as much. The silver stuff does look nicer in a place setting, but I still don’t like it. But, I’m probably just weird.

    I used cheap silverware from sam’s club–i think I got 180 forks and knives (no need for spoons) for about $100–they came in packs of 36.

    Post # 14
    1317 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    A few months ago, I was very quick to respond to another bride asking the same thing – back then, I thought it was tacky, and felt that skimping on other parts of the wedding would be the better alternative. But now, I’ll say “No, it’s not tacky.”

    If it’s what you can afford and what you wanna do, then do it. Guests shouldn’t judge and just be grateful to be part of it all. But I still stand by my old advice: consider other options (like IKEA since they sell cheap flatware or those cool wooden disposables) because although the nice plastic disposables are pretty to look at and looks great in pictures, you can feel the difference right away.

    Post # 15
    2641 posts
    Sugar bee

    I agree with the above posters.  I think if it matches the formality/informality of the wedding, you’re fine.

    Post # 16
    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @farmersdaughter I am also using bamboo plates with real flatware, I really love the plates 🙂

    The topic ‘Disposables– Are they TACKY???’ is closed to new replies.

    Find Amazing Vendors