Place Settings with Disposable Plates and Utensils

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Hi, bee.

I have been to a couple of weddings that were in barn type buildings and both used disposables.  One wedding had a menu on the table,but it was just one for the entire table.  It was on a metal bird that had one of those split ring photo wires on it.  The other wedding had some kind of card on the table for everyone, but I can’t remember what it was.  They weighted them down with a candy bar that had a wrapper that had the wedding couple’s names and wedding date on it.

Post # 3
3257 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think a candy to weigh it down sounds like a great idea. But just FYI – “Eco disposables” won’t biodegrade any time in this millennium if they’re thrown into a landfill where they’re surrounded by plastic (and therefore not exposed to sunlight or oxygen). This is a prime example of greenwashing. If you’re going for environmentally friendly, make sure to offer a recycling bin and composting bin and actually use them. Otherwise your attempt was for not and unfortunately probably cost you more than plastic would have. Maybe choose a candy that has a recyclable or compostable wrapper, too? 

Your wedding sounds like it will have really cute touches! I’d personally probably want to weigh the paper down with little pinecones for a fall wedding, but I guess people probably don’t want pinecone bits on their plates. 😂

Post # 4
7800 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It’s a bit backwards to me that you want to be eco-friendly, and are going to so much trouble to make extra garbage. A menu for each place setting looks nice, but is such a waste paper-wise. 

What I would do: nix the idea of place settings for a buffet. Just have everything up there. You can find a big chalkboard to display your menu at the front of the buffet and sell it after. have the napkins and utensils at the end of the line. 

If you are super tied to your idea, I think the ferrero is a good idea. But if it’s actually windy, even that won’t stop it from flying around. You could do 1 menu per table in a stand. You could try to find different ways to weigh the other things down, maybe wrapping the utensils in the napkins. Also what are you using for glasses?

Image result for buffet chalk board wedding


Post # 5
1789 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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drewby1121 :  There’s nothing eco-friendly about using disposible plates, napkins, and cutlery. It appears you’ve been tricked by some excellent greenwashing tactics. I love the menu idea above, but I would absolutely use “real” cutlery and plates at a minimum. Even for backyard functions, we use reusable napkins and dinnerware. One of my biggest pet peeves in life is the wasteful and unnecessary garbage we constantly create when dining.

Post # 6
2318 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

We also did one big menu on each side of the line so people could decide as they were waiting. For place settings, we left the plates at the buffet so people could grab them and then did the place settings at the table with their napkin (rented) in the middle and their silverware on either side. 

Post # 7
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

So all of this is going into compost? Soiled paper can’t be recycled

Post # 8
8019 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Cloth napkins and washable dishes, glasses and flatware are recommended by almost every environmental organization as being more earth friendly, from the Ocean Conservancy to Tree Hugger to Earth Wise, and they are so much nicer to use. You can rent the linens and just pile them all in a bag for drop-off or pick-up after. Plates, glasses and flatware typically just require rinsing and replacement in the boxes in which they were delivered. 

ETA: Bonus–no worries about anything flying away. I’d stay away from chocolates if it could be warm in the barn. You don’t need more than one menu per table. 

Post # 9
2050 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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drewby1121 :  A’s PPs have said, disposable plates and cutlery just aren’t that eco-friendly. From an environmental point of view, you’d be better using real crockery and cutlery. However, that doesn’t mean it needs to be white China and more suited to formal setting, there are loads of options for crockery that would fit a rustic theme. Pinterest has loads of options from plain plates to patterned plates.

From a practical point of view, having a small menu to read from at your buffet is going to massively slow things down as people will be reading the menu as they move along the line and trying to work stuff out.

Post # 10
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I love that you have eco friendliness on your mind, however, compostable materials cannot be thrown in with the recycling. They must be separate. And I’m guessing this will be difficult to implement during a wedding. 

Is there a specific reason you aren’t using traditional plates and silverware? This would also alleviate the worry of items blowing away.

I like the idea of recycling a chalkboard and using it to write your menu. Mismatched items add to a more rustic feeling. 

Post # 12
9973 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you want to be ecofriendly, don’t pick dinner plates that will only generate waste when real dishes and cloth napkins serve the purpose AND don’t generate a lot of one-time-use waste.


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