Post # 1
Hello bees! I’ve run into a bit of a dilemma in terms of what kind of plates/silverware to provide at my wedding reception. It’s an all outdoor lake ceremony and reception with a very casual boho-type vibe. We have about 100 people on the guest list. I feel like because the atmosphere is so relaxed and intimate, clear plastic plates and look-alike plastic silverware would work fine. This will help economically as well as cut down on clean up time. What do you ladies think?
These are the plates:
These are the silverware:
And this is the venue, if that helps??
Post # 2
I am having an outdoor reception (casual backyard I DO bbq) but still having white plates and silverware, There are many companies that you send back the dishes dirty anyways (they provide tubs to put all the dishes in) I wouldn’t go with plastic – cheap!! Not alot of people realize that the GOOD plastic stuff costs as much as renting anyways.
Post # 3
With the wa you are describing it, it sounds like it would be just fine. As long as you are going for a picnic in the park type feel then go for it. It’s your day and if you’re good, everything’s good
Post # 4
I’m doing plastic/disposable as well. As long as you have good food and drinks, no one is going to care about the plates or whatever.
Post # 5
Plastic/disposable isn’t my favorite, especially for a formal event, but it also isn’t the end of the world. I think it’s fine, as long as the plates are sturdy and the utensils don’t bend in half when you try to use them. Also, will people be sitting at tables? I haaaate disposable if I’m trying to use it on my lap or leaning against a cocktail table.
Post # 6
OH! I should have mentioned that its an afternoon reception and we will only be serving heavy appetizers!
Post # 7
katie08: We will definitely have tables and chairs for everyone to eat at. I would hate to stand around and eat!
Post # 8
princesspayton: I think it’s fine then. If you have extra room in the budget, real plates and utensils would be nicer, but if cuts need to be made to stay within your budget, disposable is fine.
Post # 9
princesspayton: In many places, renting is not an easy option.
IfI were in your place, I would use something a little more eco friendly like plates made of bamboo, date palm, cugar, corn etc. I think it also fits better with your boho vibe.
Post # 10
In my opinion id say only if you must!! to me, no matter the setting or how casual it’s still a wedding. I think it would take away from that. & btw your setting is gorgeous!!!
I think small things like that distinguishes the fact it is a wedding, plastic would make me feel like I’m at a famikt gathering or something- you don’t wanna take away from that vibe- plus I know a lot if people believe it or not that really can not stand using plastic! I know it seems like such a small & unimportant thing, but I think it makes a Difference. Renting them I don’t think cost all that much, did you look into that? I know here ( in New Orleans) before I settled on my venue & I was looking into just having a big tent, I checked it out & it was only like .70 each
Post # 11
I just read it’s appetizer reception.. I think it does make it a little but differen. If it were me, if I was at your wedding, Id rather have “real” silverware- the plates wouldn’t matter to me as much. Especially if they’re like small appetizer plates. But I’d rather have a good sturdy fork. I still feel like plastic forks take away from that “wedding ” feel.
Post # 12
honestly, I’d be way happier to see eco friendly disposables, at least they can break down in the landfill or compost. the clear plastic and chrome is not really any prettier IMO.
also consider at least using real metal forks and knives. it wouldn’t be super hard to transport them home in a box.
check out these plates, I think they’re rather pretty for paper: http://www.ecoproductsstore.com/large_square_sugarcane_plate.html?size=Pack+50&gclid=CL_do5uln8gCFU6SfgodKjEIaw&kwid=productads-plaid
Post # 13
I’ve used plastic at weddings and not thought anything of it. If you can rent for the same price, that’s great. By me, there are no places that offer reasonable prices on dishes/glasware rentals, so many casual weddings do tend to use plastic (the nice stuff though- not the cheap looking ones).
Post # 14
look into bamboo, maybe? you can order wholesale on the cheap, plus it’s pretty to look at and environmentally friendly.
Post # 15
I’m doing plastic for my outdoor wedding too!