(Closed) Plastic plates and flatware?? Opinions please?!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1936 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m 100% against plastic disposables. Not elegant, not environmentally friendly. That being said, there is some funky bamboo stuff out now that actually looks pretty cool. 

Post # 3
3261 posts
Sugar bee

If you’re using gold chargers, the plastic and/or paper will look horrible.

Post # 4
559 posts
Busy bee

We used high quality, heavy duty recycled paper plates, linen-like paper napkins and we purchased real, inexpensive forks and knives that were dropped in a bin that was left in the kitchen (backyard wedding) then washed in the upper rack of our dishwasher the next day. Our cups were also so durable we put them in the dishwasher as well and saved them for future use in outdoor parties/get together. We also had a family dinner using everything to test them out to ensure everything was durable. Disposable plates, napkins and cups will work out great and barely go noticed if you don’t cheap out (people asked us where they could buy the plates, napkins and cups after) but it’s real cutlery will really make the difference IMO.

Post # 5
396 posts
Helper bee

I agree with the PP, use bamboo not plastic. It would be great for a rustic wedding!

Post # 6
1234 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

Is there a reason you posted this twice?

Post # 7
745 posts
Busy bee

If I were using chargers I would insist on real China. I had my wedding at a place that had no way to clean the plates & it was fine. We rented mismatched china. During clean up, plates were scraped then boxed up. We returned the plates two days later. This particular company did not want us to wash them ourselves to ensure they funds get damaged. Other companies required them to be cleaned upon return. I bought cheap silverware at Sams Club and bought cloth napkins preowned from a former bride. My wedding was at a venue comparable to a barn & the China made a huge impact & was definitely worth the trouble!!! 

ETA: my caterer also wanted to do plastic so I had to get China elsewhere 

Post # 8
927 posts
Busy bee

I like the soft, linen like paper plates. The party store has plates and plasticwear in every color imaginable. Even ones that look gold. 

Post # 9
7 posts
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’ve been to a wedding with the high quality plastic wine glasses/plates etc.  It looked beautiful and I was shocked that it was plastic.  They’ve come a long way!  I will say, it was kind of weird though when I picked it up and realized it was plastic. It sort of burst the bubble.   I think if I was prioritizing for aesthetics I would opt for it, but I agree with @garnobella that it’s not environmentally friendly & I would therefore pass.

Post # 10
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

We’re having a buffett BBQ dinner with plastic plates, cups, etc. When we went in for a tasting, they put our plates on gold chargers, and I thought it looked very nice and elegant. We’re not using chargers, and we’re having a pretty casual wedding, so my idea of elegant is probably different from others’.

Post # 11
4987 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think the disposable bamboo cutlery and plates would look awesome with the theme and location of the wedding. Look up disposable bamboo plate weddings on Pinterest abd you will see some amazing and elegant ideas.

I would however draw the line at coffee cups and and glassware. You can hire that from an event/party hire company. They usually don’t require you to wash them, they do it themselves in their machines. I would just order loads of them as they are not expensive.

The lack of washing facilities can be managed by caterers they just don’t want to because of the extra work and cost. Can you negotiate hiring a few extra dish hands? During my university days I worked as a dishwasher for a catering company. At marquee events where they had no washing facilities We used those big plastic tubs, filled them with water and refilled as we went when the water needed changing. We had one for rinsing the major crud, one with soap to wash, one for the first rinse and one for the second rinse.

Post # 12
131 posts
Blushing bee

I really don’t think guests care that much, they just want something clean & sturdy to eat off of. 

Post # 13
19 posts
  • Wedding: April 2017

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clovesa2015 :  your situation sounds perfect! Would mind posting links to where you got everything? 

Post # 14
420 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I was recently at a wedding where they had plastic utensils and plates. We didn’t know the utensils were plastic until we picked them up, but when we started eating they broke. I looked around and I saw broken forks at a few other seats. All I had was mashed potatoes, corn, and fried chicken so they shouldn’t have broken. 

In the end I’d say rent with someone who doesn’t require you to clean, go with bamboo, or if you do go the plastic route make sure it’s sturdy enough for the guests.


Post # 15
5304 posts
Bee Keeper

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farmwedmom :  We used disposable and it worked well (beach themed wedding/ buffet dinner), just make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold hot/cold food. 

Side recommendation- we had sunflowers for our flowers, big and bright and inexpensive, I think these are a great choice for a casual or rustic wedding. 

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