(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 # 16
    7905 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    That looks very nice! I think we also had something similar for our wedding dinner. 

    Post # 17
    670 posts
    Busy bee

    We did real cutlery, paper plates (heavy duty made from recycled products), linen-like napkins (these were a huge hit) & plastic stemless wine glasses. As long as you don’t have anything that you need a knife to cut you should be fine. Our reception had 20 kids and it was on mixed pavement/grass so we just couldn’t risk anything breaking, not having it cleaned up and the kids crawling or stepping barefoot on it. 

    Take a look at this website: http://www.webstaurantstore.com They had the best pricing for everything, including your plates in a variety of colors, bamboo plates, cutlery etc. It was cheaper to buy real cutlery from that website than it was to rent it. Personally I prefer the “bone” version of your plates opposed to the clear. If you’re going to serve them with plastic glasses though, I’d probably go with the clear. Also, the chinet stemless plastic wine glasses were amazing. They are 15oz in size so you can serve wine, hard liquor, cocktails and beer out of them as well as punch/water and since they’re so durable (we could wash and reuse them after if we wanted to) guests can use the same glass throughout the night. We also had the cut crystal regular glasses from chinet for our backup but mostly everyone used the wine glasses.



    Post # 18
    1995 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I wouldn’t use plastic silverware because it’s pretty flimsy to eat with and it could blow away. At least the plastic plates will be weighted with food.

    Post # 19
    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery

    We did disposable for our wedding and I don’t think anyone even noticed. It was free. Our vibe was rustic picnic so they fit right in. Also, I’ve used disposable at other weddings and didn’t think twice about it. As long as the food is good, no one will care!

    Post # 20
    893 posts
    Busy bee

    clovesa2015:  those look like the plates I posted. very pretty! 

    Post # 21
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I will be using a food truck for our wedding and they have heavy duty paper plates. But I am going to buy plastic white plates with gold trim. To be honest. I doubt anyone will really care about it. Next if they do. Then clearly they don’t even know our personally. I mean, hell .. we are renting a BBQ food truck! I am throwing the party of my life and just happen to get married at. 

    I have looked at the style of plates. I really like them. But I would do bone white instead of clear. 


    Post # 22
    2433 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: NJ

    I think it is fine. I would feel much better about dropping my fork in the grass, not being able to find it, if it was just plastic. It is just more relaxed overall.

    Post # 23
    38 posts
    • Wedding: January 2016

    We’re actually having our wedding indoors (January) but still using “nice” plastic dishes because the location is pretty rustic and we’re actually kind of going for a “family reunion” vibe a bit–it’s the kind of location people actually rent for family reunions fairly often. (Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s how some of the second cousins and great aunts are viewing the event, haha, but it’s been a while so I’m happy to provide that for them too.) I hate formal stuff but I asked my sister what she thought just to be sure, and she said she couldn’t remember the plates at any wedding she’d ever been to anyway, so it was probably fine!

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