- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
Please bear with me, this is a rather long and detailed question.
I’m currently debating between renting dishes, or buying disposables dishes. We’re planning on having an afternoon heavy finger-food hors d’oeuvre plus wedding pie reception for about 75 guests. We are getting the food from our local favorite resturant, but we will not be having any servers or wait-staff at our wedding, since we’re doing this on a very small budget. Our reception is outdoors in a garden, so there is no place to wash dishes.
Right now, I’m leaning towards renting plates, as I think it would look a little nicer, and I can get them for $.45/plate, whereas the nicer disposable plates come out to be between $.60- $.85/plate, unless I bought a larger case, where it ends up being a little bit cheaper then renting, but then I’d have way more plates then I possibly need, and thus negates any savings-per-plate. However, I could get away with useing only one size plate (7.5″) for both hors d’oeurves and dessert, then it would certainly be more economical to buy the disposables. My biggest concern with plastic plates is that guests will be more inclined to throw them away and grab another one for seconds (or thirds), where they might reuse it if it’s actual china. Would 180 plastic plates be sufficient for both hors d’oeurves and dessert for 75 guests, or would I need more? http://www.webstaurantstore.com/wna-comet-cw75180-7-5-clear-plastic-classicware-plate-180-cs/625CW75180C%20CL180.html
If I opted for real china would be ok to allow one hors d’oeurve plate and one cake plate for guest or should I also be factoring in more plates, at least for the hors d’oeurves? Should I put the plates on the tables or at the table where the food is being served, a la buffet style? I wasn’t planning on having assigned seating, since I want to encourage guests to mingle but perhaps having assigned seating would be better if I’m putting down actual placesettings.
This question also applies with the beverages as well. We’re planning on offering a signature cocktail (probably peach bellinis), wine (most likely white), as well as ice tea and water, though we’re debating whether we want to get a keg of beer and/or serve a non-alcoholic punch (proably sherbert punch) as well. For renting glassware, would renting one wine glass, and one large water goblet/all purpose glass per guest be sufficient? Would it be innapropriate to ask guests to reuse their one glass if they choose to have different beverages? Or should we provide some cheap plastic tumblers near the bevarage stations, and only provide wine glasses at the tables? Would it look weird to mix plastic and real dinnerware?
Any feedback and advice would be greatly appreciated!