(Closed) I pity the fool that rents plates!

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011



A little less expensive than renting glass, but a step up from paper ๐Ÿ™‚


My mother was appalled when I told her we were going to use paper plates.  She went to every dollar store in our area and bought 150 matching plates.  She plans to pretty much give them away after the wedding…  You could always try to go mis-matched too and hit up garage sales and thrift stores between now and then.

Post # 4
1334 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Okay, here’s a couple thoughts: ditch the chair covers (if you can get away with it) and maybe rent the silverware and other things but as Bridget mentioned, see if you can find the plates and maybe the glassware somewhere less expensively and sell them after.

I know that restaurant supply stores have really cheap glassware.  I bought a bunch of Pilsner glasses for about a $1 a piece.  Check it out and see if you can buy simple white plates too. 

But I do think plastic is tacky.  Period. I know that sounds blunt but there really is no other way to put it.  Especially at a wedding where people expect a degree of elegance. To save your budget, cut out favors or something else that’s not important. But use real dishware! Be creative and make it work:)


Post # 5
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would go with something that’s compostable over something that’s plastic. But I’m from Oregon and that’s what we do here! lol. damn hippies. JUST KIDDING.

I second the smarty had a party link!


Post # 6
4497 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Love the titel! I have been the fool that needs pity, and for some other soical events hosted, we rented plates and such—-biggest crappy thing is that if it breaks or someone throws something out, you gotta pay for it!

I’m doing the pimped up plastic version of plates- it looks real but its fake. Don’t fret over the place setttings, its the food quality that matters. I’d eat good food of the ground , plates never bothered me. 

I guess it depends on your social circle, if aunt martha will blow a lid over it, then maybe you can look into other options.

Post # 7
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

If plastic or paper is what you can afford, go for it!  I am getting paper plates – the nicer Dixie ones.  But my reception is cocktail, and I can just imagine dropped china… Oh my!

At end of the day, no one will remember what they ate off of, or what they ate.  They will remember the joy that was present at your wedding.  They will remember the laughter and gaity, the happiness and the love.  Not the plates.

Post # 8
1268 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is one of the reasons I decided to go with my original and more expensive venue- it included everything.  When I was looking at other venues and realized everything I had to rent I discovered I wouldn’t be saving much, if any, at all to have the same feel as the first venue.

Could you look for when things go on clearance? I’d rather buy at 50 cents to a dollar than rent…sometimes you can get lucky.  OF course this takes lots of time and not everything will match and you are taking a risk that you might not find everything in time.  I would be the crazy person that does this.

And if it doesn’t work out- paper it is!


Post # 9
1741 posts
Bumble bee

We did rentals. Ultimately, it was the easiest as our caterer organized the renting. As an idea, we paid $5 per person for all dishes (salad main, cake), silverware, 1 wine glass, 1 tea/coffee cup/saucer and 1 stemmed water glass per person. That makes me think your .50 cents each is not so bad, especially because we thought our price was good. We also paid $5 each per table cloth throguh our caterers which was basically a cleaning fee. 

One thing to think about with buying your own is cleaning. we didn’t want disposables (both for the look and the environment) and we certainly did not want to deal with the cleanup of dishes so, for us, it was $500 well spent.

Post # 10
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Mrs.Mittens: Totally agree!

We held a Welcome BBQ two nights before our wedding.  It was informal so we did use nice compostable plates, but instead of plastic cutlery, we used wood.  It’s biodegradable/compostable and pretty!  Especially for a BBQ such as you are hosting for your wedding celebration.  It’s also totally affordable!  I ordered 300 forks, 200 knives, and 200 spoons for $62 including shipping.



Post # 11
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

mittens111211: Your post made me giggle!  I just went to my first OR wedding a few weekends ago and EVERYTHING was compostable–the forks, spoons, plates, glasses!! It wasn’t tacky, but it was also outdoors on the beach, and Hawaiian themed (YUMMY HAWAIIAN FOOD OF AWESOME!!)


Post # 13
30400 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Given that your wedding will have a homey/casual atmosphere, to use your words, I think it will be fine to use plastic or compostable plates.

There are great things available now made from bamboo and aspen.


If you went with clear plastic plates you could do a more casual version of this idea, where the place setting also acts as a placecard.

Post # 14
294 posts
Helper bee

I’ve been to weddings with clear plastic plates/faux china and thought nothing of it. If someone is going to judge you for that, they probably already judged everything else about your wedding as well, so who cares? If you want disposable, go for it.

Post # 15
1182 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Or you could possibly buy and then resell. I think some people do this. (Also, google restaurant auctions–sometimes you can find stuff really cheap.)

Post # 16
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@SugerPlum: I think the clear plastic plates will be fine! You can dress them up with a cute table cloth under. I dn’t think it will be tacky at all. You might also see if you hae a Goodwill distibution center near you, we go there and buy items by the pound. We got crystal glasses there 10 for 2.00. Defiantey cheaper than renting, and you can sell or donate them after.

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@julies1949: Thats really cute!

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