(Closed) NEED MISMATCHED CHINA FOR MY WEDDING!

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Good Will and Estate sales are probably your  best bet.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

How many place settings do you need? If you have a lot of guests, it could get really expensive, and then what do you do with all the china after the wedding?

Your best bet is probably thrift stores, Goodwill, etc. I think replacements.com has a lot of different china patterns, but that can get awfully expensive.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Um, good luck with that.  This was one a dream of mine, too–until I realized that china plates are NOT always pretty,it’s hard to find them in general, let one ones that go togethe. AND if you buy them from Ebay, you have to buy them generally one or two at a time (otherwise you’re buying a set, which kinds kills the whole “mismatched idea”)  Having to buy them piecemeal like that means you’re paying shipping every time. Not only that but china on Ebay is not cheap, and is frequently ugly.

So that leaves thrift stores, who btw are totally on to this being a trend in wedding. I couldn’t find china plates for any less than $4 a piece. Which, even if you’re having a smalli wedding of  about 100 people, is still $400. AND you still have to pay for renting bowls, silverware, cups, etc. so it’s not like this is getting you out of hiring any vendors.

This is i f you’re lucky. If you’re not, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. will only want to sell you the entire set of china. Which means that you will pay $100 for a set that includes 8 plates, and you will end up with a bunch of useless crap — tea cups, crab forks, impractically small saucers. This will kill your budget really fast. 🙁

Sorry to be t a downer about this, but it’s better to realize all this now IMO than to plan your wedding around this being a central decor component, THEN realize it’s a pipe dream.

ETA: To be fair, some cities do have rental services that focus specifically on this sort of thing, but I think they’re the exception rather than the rule, and are quite expensive. I’d kind of like to find whoever decided to feature this as a fun, relatively easy and (LOL!) moneysaving idea for weddings, and punch them right in the face. Especially because a lot of times, the pics they use to feature this idea are neither vintage, china, or even technically mismathed. WIC, you win again.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

The paper usually has them listed or you could look on Craig’s list too …

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Good will and Thrift stores will work with you on not having to BUY THE ENTIRE SET.  The dishes are usually listed individually on the bottom with a price tag.    It isn’t going to be easy so please don’t think that… but it’s completely doable, and hey you can ask your Bee’s to look for you or sell you some of theirs.

I’d so send you a few plates… i’ll keep my eyes open down here

Post # 12
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6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

You can always buy sets and mix them at each table. Not every single plate has to be different. 

Post # 14
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6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@lbshel22:  Iam not saying its impossible, don’t get me wrong–but but I am saying that no one on Green Wedding Shoes or Style Me Pretty seems to talk about the logistics. Such as, who’s going to get them to your venue.

Looks like from Julies1949’s list, there are rental companies around. I’d definitely do that instead, if your budget can at all bear it.  You sound like you have a lot of other DIY plans going on, and I’d think the cost of rental would be worth it for the transportation aspect alone.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re doing the same thing! We’ve got about 185 plates at the moment. It hasn’t been easy but I’m so lucky, my SO loves to find a bargain so he did a lot of searching for these plates 🙂 We went to different yard sales in the summer, antique stores, etc. A lot of antique dealers have plates but don’t really want them, some of them just gave us their plates. We pay about 1$ per plate.

We have gotten some sets also, but we figure with 185 guests, no one will really notice a few matching plates if they aren’t at the same table!!

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