(Closed) Plastic plates at reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I suppose it depends on the formality of your wedding.  If it is an outdoor BBQ….

No, nevermind.  Scratch that.  I can’t justify paper plates even then.  Go with the china.  I think $1.00 is a very reasonable price. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think it depends on the "feel" you are going for in your wedding.  I have been to weddings where they used plastic and it was perfect for that wedding.  These were low-key weddings with a huge guest list.  It was particularly appropriate at one wedding that had the feel of a picnic.  On the other hand, if I were sitting in a fancy ballroom on a chair cover, I would feel a bit weird eating off of plastic.  Similarly, I think plastic lends itself more to a buffet or stations than to a seated dinner.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I will be using disposable plates and silver ware for my wedding.  They look almost real.  They were cheaper than renting and nicer than regular paper plates.  And you still get the convinence of no clean up!!!!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I would agree that whether or not it is appropriate depends on the kind of wedding you are having. $.50 to $1.00 additional sounds like a pretty good deal, but I suppose that also depends on how many people are coming to your wedding.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My fiance’s cousin had the clear plastic plates and forks for her reception and it was fine.  She opted for plastic for budget reasons and no one seemed to notice b/c the food was so great.  She had a full meal (think carved beef, 2 veggies, pasta salad, chicken, etc.)  and it worked out great.  If budget is a concern, then clear plastic would be the way to go.

With rentals, you also have to factor in the time/cost to have the caterer clean, repack items for pickup and/or delivery.  If you can swing it, then by all means, just make sure that it fits with the location, style of wedding, and budget.   

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think it depends on the vibe of your reception.  I say, trust your best judgment.  If it feels 100% aok to you, then it probably is.  I’ve been to several receptions where disposable plates and utensils didn’t stand out at all.  Good luck!!!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well…I think it would be weird to use disposable plates for an indoor reception (or a seated dinner). But maybe you could justify it if it were an outdoor buffet or a really casual venue? That’s just me though. In the end you should definitely do what feels right to you! Here’s the other thing though…if you do go with the throw-away stuff (so convenient!), keep in mind that sometimes you get what you pay for (Read: the caterer is doing this for free, so make sure you don’t end up with those cheap plastic knives that don’t work and tacky-looking plates…there’s a big difference between the nice clear plastic ones and those bright red or blue ugly things). Good luck making a decision!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

i have a similar situation.  FH sees no problem in using plastic ware, but i am still not sure about it.  i am trying to have the nicest wedding possible, with the smallest budget ever!  we would love to have a small wedding to reflect the budget, but we have 2 very large families, that after doing much cutting, we are at 250, and that is with upsetting many people.  our venue is a very gorgeous community center, and if it comes down to it, the nice clear plates and the silver looking utensils may have to be a part of the wedding.  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have been to many weddings that have utilized clear plastic plates, cups and utensils; the weddings were of all different levels of formality, and no one commented on the use of plastics. With that being said, I don’t think anyone would argue that plastic looks as nice as real china, but there are things to consider.  For instance, in today’s economy, the extra $.50 or $1.00 may end up taxing your budget more than it would have otherwise.  Another thing to think about is clean-up and convenience.  I’m using my family and friends to pull off our wedding with as small a budget as possible, and I want to make it as easy on them as possible.  If that means they can throw plates away rather than cleaning them in the name of saving me a few dollars to spend on something I find more important, so be it.  In the end, I say do what you want.  Anyone who is criticizing your dinnerware isn’t there for the right reasons anyway!  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Have you considered the environmental impact at all? If that is something that is important to you and your Fiance, you probably should go with china rental as that will be washed and reused instead of ending up in a landfill. If you want to avoid washing, there are lots of biodegradable options such as bamboo and corn plates and utensils available.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

We are using biodegradable options and putting the information on cards next to the plates and cups that we are going green!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would check to see what type of plastic dinnerware they are providing.  If it suits you and is what you are looking for, then I would go for it.  If not i’d probably splurge for the china.  I ended up using the plastic square yoshi plates for my wedding and it didn’t make a difference.  What everyone enjoyed was the full plate of food and the open bar.  Renting china versus getting the those plastic plates was the difference in budget between not having an open bar and having one.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My cousin had plastic plates but real forks/knifes. The only thing about this option is you have to be careful to not throw away the real stuff

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

were doing plastic plates/ plastic wear- were having a bbq wedding outside though. honestly, i would spend the money on something else other then renting china. your guests wont care whatt they are eating off of, they care about the food that there eating. ya it might look a little weird if its in a elegant ballroom- but if it comes down to your budget- plastic wear can work quite well- they make some plastic wear that looks AMAZING.

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