Post # 1
I am getting married June 10th, we have a VERY low budget. I will have to use plastic tables covers and and plastic plastic plates and cups. When I think about it, I can just picture it looking tacky. So if anyone used plastic table clothes or any thing at their wedding, could you PLEASE PLEASE post pics of your reception? I need to know that what I am picturing in my crazy head, is just the jitters and not really what it will be like. I am just so nervous that it will look horrible and people will talk badly about my wedding.
Post # 3
Is it at all possible to cut costs in other areas so you can afford something a bit more “high end”? But if not, I found a picture of a plastic tablecloth (google search), and some plastic plates that look like china (google that, other sides do come up).
Also, maybe do a local classifieds search (craigslist perhaps) for an out-of-home or smaller business that rents linens. I know there’s some around here that rent chair covers for $1-$2 each, I’m not sure about tablecloths.
Post # 5
Do you have an IKEA or good will around you? They usually have pretty low costing plates. Or even craigslist, I saw some on the site for near me that had dishes. Maybe even borrow some? I don’t know how many people are coming to your wedding so I don’t how feasable any of these options are.
Post # 7
I would definitely look into buying higher grade plasticware if that’s the route you have to take. The decorative Clear plastic or plastic that looks like a real plate wouldn’t be bad, you can also get silver plastic knives and forks. You can get plastic chapagne glasses that are clear and don’t look overly terrible… I’m sure you could find decent plastic wine glasses as well..
Here’s where you can find some of those things: http://www.mypapershop.com/premium-plastic-plates-heavyweight.html
As for plastic table clothes, I’m not so sure… Maybe you could find paper ones instead? Those would look a little better. I just googled “paper tablecloths” and came up with this site: http://www.mypapershop.com/linen-paper-tablecloths.html $80.00 for 24 round table cloths isn’t bad at all! Maybe you could look into that?
i’ve never used mypapershop.com but they seem to have a lot of merchandise for good prices. Good luck!
ETA: They also have nice looking paper plates in a lot of colors: http://www.mypapershop.com/embossed-paper-plates.html
Post # 8
I’m not sure if it is feasible for your situation, but if you really don’t want plastic table cloths perhaps you (or someone you know) could make some. I am thinking some relatively cheap fabric from the fabric store that you could hem.
Post # 9
they have some really nice plastic ware that is still fairly inexpensive at smartyhadaparty.com
Post # 10
Are you having an indoor or outdoor wedding? Mine was outdoor and I used paper table covers from Sam’s. It honestly didn’t look bad at all. It was SUPER cheap and I’m really glad I didn’t spend the same amount on one cloth table cover that I did on 20 paper ones. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures at work.
Post # 11
I looked into getting the plastic “china-like” plates and in my area, they were just as much as renting real plates! What my Mom and I ended up doing is going around to the thrift stores in my area and buying clear glass dinner plates for .50-.70 cents each and purposely mis-matching them for the meal. We plan on selling them on Craigslist for about the same price we got them at. It may not be feasible for your venue or your wedding, but it’s a thought!
Post # 12
We used paper tablecloths and napkins at my sister’s wedding. They were linen-look and you honestly couldn’t tell they were paper even by touching them. We also used the plastic china-look plates. This was from a mock-up I did pre-wedding. I don’t have any actual wedding photos on my work computer.
Post # 13
@JamaicaBride: I wish I could “like” that. Those are pretty much the same suggestions I gave to her. 🙂 and I’m glad someone has a picture of how nice it can look!
Post # 14
OMG!! Thank you. This is PERFECT!! This is just what I was looking for. Beautiful, just beautiful. Where did you find the plastic plates? I am so doing this now 🙂
Post # 15
Why not look for plates at Goodwill, flea markets, yard sales, or Craigslist? You could easily get all you need for probably the same price as buying paper or plastic and then they can resold like @AbbyDabby said above.
Post # 16
We got all of the plates, tablecloths, cutlery (pre-wrapped). We also found a paper version of the plates that were similar and we used those for the cocktail hour.
http://www.dollartree.com (and in the store)
We got the wineglasses ($1 each), the fake carnations, the vases, and the tealights
We got the damask material. We made the runners ourselves
Her wedding was a complete DIY. She got engaged 1/1/10 and married 9/18/10 and we finished everything up early with plenty of time to tweak in the end. She has about 120 guests.