(Closed) I pity the fool that rents plates!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

that sucks. Can’t you find a caterer who also provides everything? 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i love the plastic utensils that look real.  

ikea usually has plates for dirt cheap.  i dont know if you have one in your area.  or maybe you can make a deal with the caterer to buy the real dishes yourself and sell them to the caterer when you’re done.  ive never heard of a caterer that doesnt have china.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee

I think it really depends on the type of event you are hosting. How formal were your invites? I have been to some really cool casual-type weddings with paper and plastic and we had the best time. I think it would be a bit weird at a sit-down, serviced meal however.

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

@SugerPlum: For table clothes, there is a site called “linentableclothes.com” that is amazing. The local rental place wanted $12 for a round table cloth and $10 for the overlay. I got BOTH for $11, and I am planning on selling after the wedding. If you can store them, butythem don’t rent them! Even if I don’t end up finding someone to buy them, I saved a whole lot of money just flat out buying.  Also, if you use the clear plastic plates and someone turns their nose up, they just need to get over themself 😛

Post # 22
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Sugar bee

@SugerPlum: for a casual fun wedding seriously go for it. i thought for a few seconds about buying or renting plates and or tablecloths and then i realized that the outcome wouldnt be worth the debt going toward it. i totally understand the desire to thorw an amazing get together however i think it can be done for a lot less and without breaking a sweat. dont worry hun go with what your budget allows and everyone will enjoy your wedding for what it should be about…. you and your fi.

sent from my android so excuse utter lack of grammar and or punctuation

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

I think the compostable would be great with your BBQ.  Personally, I’d find china plates with bbq a little out of place.  Couldn’t you do checked table clothes?  The other option is to buy boxed sets from somewhere like Ikea.  I saw some great sets of dishes at Kroger (the grocery store) of all places that were $19 for a place setting of 4.  You can also buy flatware in bulk at Sam’s.  Then try to sell it all after.  Garden Ridge Pottery is another good source.  I think I bought inexpensive “buffet plates” for something like 69 cents each.  At that price, if you can sell after the wedding, it’ll be cheaper than renting.

Post # 25
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Honey Beekeeper
Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@SugerPlum:  Glad to help!  The webstaurant store is pretty cool and I found they have the best prices online for the biodegradable flatware. 

 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

smartyhadaparty.com Is great. I usually order items for parties from there and I plan to buy miscellaneous stuff for serving hor d’oeuvres at my wedding.

 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Are you set on your caterer, or can you look for one that includes table settings? Now that you know it will cost you $500+ for rentals, you may be able to look at some caterers that were previously “out of your budget” but who actually make more sense if they include linens, settings, etc.

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@SugerPlum: Hi!!! I completely understand what you are going through. Our venue didn’t offer anything either. My mom and I have been going to vintage stores and thrift stores and found a 100 vintage plates,,, not sure what your decor is but I’d be willing to sell them to you if you’d like. WE are using family’s flatware sets because we only need about 12 sets. We also have white linens and napkins for sale. At least if you buy them then you can sell after your wedding.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

New thought,…Costco sells faux silverware – its silver but its plastic, and they also have plastic plates that look like china. I couldn’t find the listing online but I always see it in the store. I would call your local costco and see if they carry it. It may be in your budget and be what you are looking for… I have some of the plates here in the house if you would like a photo just PM me.

Costco also has biodegradable products that you can see online too.

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