(Closed) How are you doing silverware for reception? Renting? Borrowing? Buying?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

Our caterer is picking up and returning, but I have to order (with his input) the rentals such as silverware and plates. I bought the tableclothes (and runners) because it was cheaper than renting and I have sold a few already.  They are plain ivory so they are easier to sell than colored clothes.

Post # 4
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We found a girl who had just gotten married who was selling her linen napkins and silverware on Craigslist. Oddly enough, she got married in the same place we did. 🙂 We washed everything and wrapped the silverware up in the napkin for each place setting. We had plastic storage bins with the caterer for the dirty napkins and silverware so that they put them in those when they cleaned up. My Mom ended up running a few loads of laundry and dishes to wash all of them, then we re-sold them on craigslist! 

By The Way, we also got our plates from various thrift stores, goodwill, salvation army. It was all mix/match clear glass plates that we ended up selling afterwards too.

It was a little more work, but cheaper than renting!

Post # 5
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We rented most things, but bought napkins. I wanted them to be pretty and floral, so I found some on ebay that I loved and kept bidding until it would cost less to buy then rent, including the shipping. Now I have pretty napkins and I also gave a ton to my mom who entertaines a lot.

Post # 6
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

since we are doing a mish-mash of vintage looking place settings (all borrowed from family members of both sides), we are also having them bring flatware. most of it is all heirloom china/flatware so i’m pretty excited. each table will have a different family members’ china pattern and flatware to match. so much more personal this way, i think…plus, FREE!

Post # 7
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re doing a romantic/vintage theme and I don’t want to use plastic or rent silverware. I’ve been collecting mis-matched silverware from various places (Craigslist, Goodwill and yard sales) In fact I just bought some more today at Salvation Army for 25 cents a piece. I love the “eclectic” look and this fits in perfect. I can either sell it after or even rent it to other brides who are trying to achieve the same look. I agree that it’s a lot of hunting/searching and sometimes digging through bins but for me it’s better than renting at least I’ll get some of my $$ back. I’m also collecting lace tablecloths for the same reason.

I think if you don’t have the time or energy to hunt for silverware or even want to buy it at all you may have to just rent them.

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