(Closed) Plastic Plates and Silverware at Reception – Tacky?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would say no to the plastic plates and forks.  I would scour garage sales for shabby chic mis-matched plates. This is what we did for my sister and sister in-laws backyard bridal showers.  It is garage sale season so you can score some good finds. If you HAD to you could use the plastic silver looking forks but I would definitely nix the paper plates. 


Post # 4
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@GMelanie:  If you can rent chine and flatware it’s nice and sometimes ends up not being much more expensive than the plastic options.  What is your menu?  I saw an episode of Four Weddings recently where they were struggling to cut their meat with their plastic utensils.

Post # 5
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

Tacky? Yes. Would your guests judge you? Unlikely (and even if they do, it’d probably nly obe for about .2 seconds). Would it be the end-all, be-all of your wedding? Certainly not.

I like PPs’ suggestions to either scour garage sales/thrift stores for mismatched plates/silverware or rent your cutlery and dinnerware.

Post # 6
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been to a potluck wedding with disposable plates/silverware and I cared not one bit.  I think it would mainly be odd if you were having a fancy wedding in general and then all of a sudden there are paper plates.  If the whole vibe is low-key then it works.  If you WANT the vibe to be “classy” I wouldn’t go that route, I guess.

Post # 7
1430 posts
Bumble bee

I think for a lunch garden reception it would be fine.  The plastic plates they have now are decent look and quality. But if you have something that is tough to cut like meat I think plastic silverwear would be annoying.  

Renting china may not cost a lot more than all the nice quality plastic stuff. 

Post # 8
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Goodness, no. I don’t think it’s tacky at all.  Then again, we had plastic plates and forks, etc, at our reception.  And solo cups. 😛  Our reception was low-key though, so, like a PP said, if the rest of your reception/wedding screams super-upscale, then it may look out of place.

Post # 9
4476 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Those are quite nice for plastic.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with going that route, and it won’t be bad if you’re going for a casual wedding.  If you’re hesitant, though, renting plates and cutlery is a good way to go.  The simplest options offered will oftentimes be really nice, it’s not that expensive, and you have less waste at the end.




Post # 12
9115 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Yes, tacky.

But, as a guest, I understand weddings are expensive. I understand not everyone can rent china and silverware. I wouldn’t think less of the bride and groom, but I don’t like plastic plates and silverware no matter how “real” they’re made out to be,

Post # 13
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing china-look plastic plates & silver-look cutlery.

It may be “tacky”, but it’s an easier option for us, as the closest rental company is 2+ hours away.

Post # 14
2260 posts
Buzzing bee

I think most guests per perfer actual silverware, however with that many guest and if your having a casual reception, go for it. I think the money you save might be worth the little “mpph” people might say if they even notice. 

Post # 15
1651 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think given that you have so many guests, saving a little money by going with plastic plates is not going to kill you. The people who judge you for it are not really your friends anyway if they care about stuff like that. I would however recommend real silverware and harder plastic plates only so that you can cut tough meat. But other than that, if it turns out it costs less to go with what you showed than renting, go for it. 

Post # 16
11 posts

no. I don’t think it’s tacky at all.

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