Post # 1
What do you guys think of having real plates, but then fake silverware? Obviously it is not ideal but we are on a budget and I want to save money as much as possible. We decided to rent plates for .35 a piece, but it will still be a lot cheaper to just buy some good quality plastic forks and knives from party city or sam’s club. Another factor is that my caterer doesn’t wash dishes and my reception hall doesn’t have a dish washer, ao I am going to have to wash everything myself the next day or pay one of my frienda to do it (which I don’t really want to ask one of my guests to be a dishwasher lol).
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Post # 2
Do what you’ve got to do! The only thing to consider is whether plastic knives will be sharp enough to cut into whatever you’re serving– sometimes meat is tricky to cut with plastic.
Post # 3
what’s the silver ware rental cost? I would be tempted to do the reverse, rent the silverware and buy some higher end disposable plates, like attached pic since the silverware takes up less room and will be easier for you to cart home and wash. Also if you drop silverware you can’t smash it 🙂
Post # 4
k8goeslz: the only problem with that is that the really nice plastic plates end up being at least $1 a piece compared to 35 cents. I am not worried about the plastic silverware breaking because we’re serving chicken breast that is so tender it falls apart. To rent flateware it would be 25 cents a piece.
Post # 5
I just went to a wedding with this situation, and it was super cute! They got heavy plasticwear that matched the wedding colors!
Post # 6
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
I’ve been to weddings where it’s real plates and that nice fake looking silver plastic silverware- doesn’t bother me at all. We wanted to do it for our wedding but my parents weren’t having it. Since they were helping with that part of the budget I let them win that round.
Regarding the dishes- do NOT ask your friends or offer to pay your friends. What does the caterer do at other events?? I guess the plate rentals aren’t theirs? If there isn’t a means to clean them on site that night you may just need to buy plastic plates as well and call it done.
Post # 7
Can you get the plasticware that looks like metal? A lot of people actually cant easily tell the difference, and it will still look decent in photos.
Post # 8
As long as you’re not serving meat that needs to be cut with a real knife, you should be fine.
Post # 9
People will notice. You can easily tell a plastic fork from a metal one, even a high quality plastic, when you pick it up. If you’re having a formal reception, you need real silverware. If you’re having an informal bbq style reception, you can get away with disposable silverware.