(Closed) Mismatched China – How-To *HELP!*

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I like the idea of using their white plates just because its easier. I would worry about how the plates would stack if they aren’t a matching set. Also it seems like a lot of the plates you have are somewhat busy (in a good way) so the white plates will be a sort of break for the eye.

What are you going to do with all of the plates after the wedding?

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There is quite the debate about whether or not plates for a buffet dinner should be placed at the table settings. Some people think it is inappropriate to ask guests to carry their plate to the buffet. I really don’t see it as a big deal as they will be carrying it back from the buffet. If I placed the white plates on the table, I would stack the small (bread and butter) plate on top.

A compromise could be leaving the white plates at the buffet and using a charger at the table.This look with clear glass plates used as chargers atop a doily serves a double function as a placecard and would go well with mismatched china.In this case,I would not stack the small plate. I would place it to the left as a bread plate and place the cup and suaer in the normal spot.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like the idea of using the mismatched china plates on the table for an aesthetic reason.  Or like someone else said I charger.  I would leave the plate off to the side to and maybe put the favor or napkin or something on top of the plate.  Or a menu if you’re doing those.  (I think they’re un necessary, but some people love them)  Or to save the hastle you could do just a doily there and have the white plates at the buffet.  I don’t know if this was helpful or more confusing lol.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are having mismatched china with our reception, too!  We are in the process of collecting 400 place settings – and we’re up to 250 or so!  Its definitely possible… youll just be visiting a lot of antique and thrift stores haha…

We are also having a buffet and the plates layered on the table.  I think we are going to have the salad preset… So I’ll have a charger, dinner plate, then salad plate/bowl with salad.  In theory, when the guests finish their salad, the wait staff will pick up those plates and the guest can take their plate to the buffet.  We’re using the bread plates for cake plates.  I havent decided what to do with the cups and saucers yet.

Some of the PPs have good ideas too – the white plate would anchor the china to the table… that is what I am going to try to accomplish with the charger plates.

What are your plans with the linens?  I think Im going to go on a floral overload though… PM me!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have come across a number of rental companies that offer mismatched china, glassware, linens, and silver. Luckily, my fiance’s family is good friends with a lovely lady who has collected mismatched china over the years. We are able to use her dishes for the reception, and then I have rented the silver, glassware, and napkins.

 

We are also serving dinner buffet style, so I wasn’t sure how to set up the dinner plates. I want the table to be set with the mismatched dinner plates. The lady suggested having clear (disposable) plates at the buffet. Then the guests can get their food, find their place, and set the clear plate on top of the dinner plate. The china dinner plate would serve as a charger basically, and there’s no worry about people picking up their plates and bringing them to the buffet line.

 

Our wedding is in the fall so we are doing a cocktail hour with hot apple cider, hard cider, and sangria. We will use the teacups and saucers here, as well as some wine glasses. We will use the bread plates for the appetizers. We will use the dessert plates for the cake (they will be stacked.) We are serving soup at dinner, but neither my friend nor the rental company had china soup bowls so I had considered getting disposable china-look bowls, but then the company we are renting linens from showed us some punch glasses that are the perfect size. They have a small handle, so guests can “sip” their soup, the glass allows the pretty fall colors of pumpkin or butternut squash show through, and the size is perfect…not too small (like shot glass samplers) and not too big (a bowl).

 

Anyway…I’m curious to hear your thoughts and ideas on the clear disposable plate option!!!

 

 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

PS: If you are collecting the china yourself, great places to look are: Goodwill, thrift shops, antique stores, flea markets, Craigslist, eBay, and even Etsy. On Craigslist, you can post a “Wanted” ad as well as peruse the “For Sale” section. Also, discount retailers like Ross, TJMaxx, Home Goods, etc. often carry affordable sets and pieces.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@willwork4shoes:  That is a really good idea to have the vintage china serve as a charger essentially and then have the clear glass plates at the buffet for the food!!!  I wouldve never thought about that!

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