(Closed) Paper or Real Plates

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Can you rent plates?

Personally, I’d prefer a ‘real’ plate to a paper plate, but I think they do make some nicer paper plates these days.

Post # 4
2469 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I used plastic plates, and when talking to my guests months later they gush about the food and when I tell them I toiled over the use of plastic vs. real they told me they didn’t even remember the plate, and that the food was so good they would have eaten off the table.

Post # 5
2119 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Paper has the advantage of no dishes, but it’s just not as nice as porcelain. IKEA has super cheap ones that you could get if you want to avoid the stress of finding suitable stuff at garage sales. Funny enough, the name “Lugn” means calm… perhaps a good starting point if you want to avoid those bridal nerves! 🙂

Post # 6
7225 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

No one will remember the plates. However, real plates was the only thing I went bridezilla over — I wanted to eat off of a real plate, not paper or plastic.

Post # 7
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center

You’ll have to keep in mind that some people might, no matter how untraditional your wedding is, feel that paper plates are just not ‘right.’ Some people won’t even eat off paper plates believe it or not! I’d say go with plastic if you’re really not going to have china/glass plates. 

Post # 8
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I prefer a real plate but I went to a wedding that used paper ones and no one cared. The food was great and everyone had fun. I would say that if you are going this route get some sturdier ones….the cheap ones tend to bend under the weight of the food.

Post # 9
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I like the idea of disposeable plates, I may even be using them for my own reception.  Have you looked into other types of disposeable plates besides paper?  This website has biodegradable plates made from potato starch which people say are pretty solid.  A little nicer looking than a standard paper plate but still easy to deal with at the end of the evening.  I don’t think guests will care too much about the plates as long as they’re getting fed 🙂

Post # 10
7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@bleusteel:  Oh, I like these.

Paper is fine IF they’re nicer ones. However, you’ll have to think about the durability with bbq (YUM, Famous Dave’s).

Post # 11
849 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The people who catered brought along plastic/styrofoam trays, which worked just as well for clean up puproses – we didn’t have to spend the next day doing even more dishes! The type of plate really doesn’t bother me, so long as it holds my food and doesn’t blow away!

I would say, however, that if people are being served food (which I’m not sure in your case, but I’m guessing not?) that then real plates would be preferable. Buffet style however, I’d go paper/plastic!


Post # 14
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have been to plenty of weddings that have used paper/plastic plates. No one cared. I am using disposable plates for my dinner. I don’t know yet if they will be plastic or heavy paper/cardboard type plates. My caterer is supplying them and we have to deal with the final clean up in the hall and I don’t want to be doing dishes for hours.

Post # 15
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re using nice throw away plates. Here’s the Amazon listing if you want to check it out


We opted for these because they’re generally cheaper, they still look very nice and are sturdy, and we really didn’t want to have to wash all those plates afterward. Plus, because they look like glass they’ll blend in with my centerpieces better 😉


Post # 16
7960 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

costco used to have some really sturdy disposable clear plastic plates.  large ones and small ones.  they also have nice disposable cutlery.

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