Post # 1
LOL, no we are not talking surgery here. I want to be sure I am making the right decision, and so I thought who else to help me convince myself other than the bees.. so we are having a saturday evening reception (6 pm), outdoor venue, under a tent, with a buffet line. Originally I wanted real plates, real silverware, we are doing bottled water with custom labels, and probaby canned drinks and we’ll have straws available for guests that need them. It was just too much to worry about. Well my wedding planner, and family told me it would be easier if just did the plastic plates that look real cost the same as renting plates, but half the hassle. I love the look of the plastic plates, and they are strudy, and beautiful, but…Since rental companies want to rinse the plates/cups, etc and all before returning them. So do you think since it was like formal evening reception, people are going to think bad about the event. I hate for one little thing to ruin the entire beautiful event! Help!
Post # 3
How formal will your wedding be? If people are in evening gowns, I would say go with real. If it’s just your standard semi-formal wedding, I would go with the plastic to save yourself the hassle.
Post # 4
I think those chinet crystal cut ones (assuming this is what you are talking about) will be appropriate from the sound of your event. Its not really super formal considering you will have canned drinks (assuming self serve as well) and a buffet. It sounds a little more casual so I think this is OK.
Post # 5
If you go with the ones they sell at Costco that have the pretty silver rim and pair it with the utensils that look like real flatware, I don’t think so. I used those for Hubby’s surprise party a couple of years ago & his mom didn’t believe they were disposable & didn’t want to throw them away!
I thin if you had paper plates with clowns, flowers and balloons on them people might think it odd, but with the more realistic looking ones, I think it’ll look gorgeous!
Post # 6
with my ceremony VR and reception in a park, its plastic all the way for me:)
so i say plastic..
Post # 7
It is formal people will be dressed up with in evening gowns and all, but it is outdoor underneath a tent, and your right it is buffet and self serve canned drinks…so thats the problem.
@tootietoo2 I was thinking the ones with the silver rim and silverware look-alike plastic utensils.
Post # 8
If you want a formal feel, go with real. If you want a more casual feel go plastic.
For me, it was important to have real, even though my outdoor wedding had more of a casual feel, I didn’t want to make it feel even more casual by having plastic.
Post # 9
I am cheap and poor and since nobody will remember what my tablewear looked like, I am using fancy plastic.
Post # 10
@Mrs Hedgehog: You know what is so funny about what you said? My cousin got married in some tiny town in Ohio in 1994 or 1995. They had over 400 guests and the only place in the town that was large enough to hold their reception was the local armory. They had beautiful flowers, an elaborate cake, delicious food, open bar, a live band, a balloon drop after their first dance, sparklers indoors and fireworks outdoors, etc.
Just a couple of years ago, we were at a family function and reminiscing on family weddings & parties another cousin (who is known to be very catty) remarked, “Everything was nice except I can’t believe we ate off of plastic plates and drank out of those clear plastic cocktail cups.”
No one else recalled it but her. LOL!
Post # 11
Unless you are having a backyard bar-b-que type wedding, I would definately go for the real thing. I am one of “those people” that would notice plastic versus real, and since you are going for a formal type wedding, you should go with the real, in my opinion.