(Closed) Plasticware For An Outdoor Reception?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is plastic acceptable?
    NEVER. : (13 votes)
    28 %
    Only if you must! : (3 votes)
    7 %
    It would probably be OK : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Sure, no biggie! : (26 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 2
    1025 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    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
    376 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    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
    956 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    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.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  arquelle.
    Post # 5
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    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 # 8
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    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
    47278 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    83 posts
    Worker bee

    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
    83 posts
    Worker bee

    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
    892 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    2804 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    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
    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    look into bamboo, maybe? you can order wholesale on the cheap, plus it’s pretty to look at and environmentally friendly.

    Post # 15
    18 posts
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I’m doing plastic for my outdoor wedding too!

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