Post # 1
Okay so here is the situation :
Wedding on a budget – community building reception – there aren’t any rental places close enough to rent eat-ware from [closest is 2+ hours away, just isn’t worth it].
The way I see it, I have 2 options here.
I can get dispoable plasticware [probably from smartyhadaparty.com] and just have large trash cans located outside to throw everything in.
Or, I can get stoneware dinner/salad plates, bowls, glass drinkware, ect from the dollar tree.
Obviously, the stoneware would look MUCH better – but I have to take into consideration that I would need to either wash ALL the eat-ware that night, or leave it in tubs until the next day [when we will be doing clean-up on the place].
This is the bar/kitchen area of the place, as you can see it’s not all that big to store alot of tubs in.
[don’t worry, we’ll be draping the bar area, doing uplighting and adding some nice bar stools so it doesn’t look so horrible!]
Anyway – My questions to you are :
- If you were in my situation, would you go stoneware or disposable?
- Do you you care about what you eat off of at weddings? [given it’s a more laid back type of wedding]
All of your opinions/suggestions are welcome!
Post # 3
My sister had an outdoor beach reception and they had those fancy disposeable ones. No one cared. As long as the food is good!
Post # 4
You can only vote once in the poll.
Post # 6
@jenilynevette: I really dont like disposable but mostly I just want a real fork to eat with. Do as you want for the plates but give me real eating utensils. I like the heavy duty plates that have a linen texture so its easier to grip if I am caring the plate in one hand and a drink or something else in the other.
Post # 7
It depends on the style of the reception and the menu. Some things are just difficult to eat with plastic cutlery. Disposables also immediately take the formality of the wedding down a notch.
I have seen them used at BBQ and picnic weddings and they were perfect in that situation.
Post # 8
@anemone681: Thanks for taking time to answer! I really am not fond of having disposable, but I don’t want to spend a couple hours on my wedding night doing dishes.. and leaving dirty dishes in bins until the next day seems kind of gross. But I would totally do it if need be! Totally agree with the utensils though.
@julies1949: Semi-formal, we aren’t really going for a super formal feel at all. More of a laid-back party type reception, if that makes sense. The menu is mainly italian [soup, salad, breadsticks, meatballs, roasted chicken, baked ziti, chicken carbonara, twice baked lasagna].
Post # 9
I would just do disposable. It came in our catering contract, so that made it easy for us to decide. We went with all black disposable stuff, and I think it was totally fine.
Post # 10
I’ll be honest, I have a really hard time with disposable plates/flatware (heck, I bring my own “real” knives and forks to work because I refuse to eat with plastic!), but I can see how in your case it could make sense.
My only concern would be to get the sturdiest stuff possible, since it looks like your dishes might have some tomato sauce, and there is nothing worse than having to maneuver a tomato sauce covered meatball on a wobbly thin plate!
Post # 11
@MrsSkeletonKey: I know it’s probably not even a big deal, but for some reason I’m just having a super hard time deciding on what to use.
@cranraspberry: Oh yeah, they’d be pretty thick [thick plastic not cheap flimsy plastic], the plates I’m considering actually are actually more expensive than the storeware to buy [talk about paying for convienance!]
Post # 12
@jenilynevette: I couldn’t care less as long as the food is good, you could feed it to me from a paper towel. If you’re on a budget then go with the disposable. You know your guests the best. If you think anyone will scoff at your serve ware…
Post # 13
I’d just do disposable. But I’d get nicer stuff than just paper plates, because those are so flimsy. As a guest I wouldn’t care.
Post # 14
@jenilynevette: To me, it was all about budget (I found that throwing a wedding for 100 on 6k is a bit difficult if you don’t make any compromises). I had to cut somewhere, and this was it. I see that the stonewear is actually cheaper than the stuff you are considering though.. Honestly, the food you are describing doesn’t seem like something that requires really expensive thick black plastic. We did just regular thin black plastic and it was totally fine. We served soup, salad, and sandwiches.
Post # 15
@Aquaria: I know most of my family won’t, but I know at least 1 person on fi’s side who would – but, he doesn’t really care about pleasing that person, as she’s never happy with anything.
Thanks for your input!
Post # 16
@Pinkmoon: Oh no, paper plates are a big no-no. They would be the plastic stuff like you can get at smartyhadaparty.com
@MrsSkeletonKey: Thanks for this! Glad to know I’m not the only bee who has considered plastic. I could probably find some cheaper plastic if I looked around, I was just looking at the heavy-duty kind.