(Closed) Renting vs Buying plates and such for the reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I bought plates, linens, and silverware for my wedding of 150 but am renting glassware since it’s so much harder to store/ transport.  I got my plates on craigslist for .75/plate, linens at linentablecloth.com, and silverware at cost plus for .73/piece.  My rule of thumb was if buying was double the cost of renting or less, I would buy.  I figure I can at least sell everything at the rental cost if not more so if I get the items for less than double the rental cost I’ve saved money.  It really depends on how much rentals are in your area and how much time you want to put into cleaning things and reselling them.  I found that lots of things went on sale during the holidays when people are entertaining a lot.  Pair a sale with coupons they put out for the holidays and you can score some good deals.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Since it’s cheaper to rent, i’d rent.  But when you rent you lose that money, so that is the downside.  However, you wont have the hassle of storing all those extra plates, glasses, etc.  And maybe the rental compnay will do the washing up for you too so you don’t have to worry about that.

If you figure you could sell the stuff after the wedding and recoup even half of what it cost to buy, then that might be the better option.  You just have to find storage for the items and clean and wash them really good.

Fmil decided to make my linens and saved me the cost of renting them.  She plans to sell them after the wedding or even rent them to family members for like half the price of a typical rental company to recoup some of the money she spent.  But she sees it as a good investment.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

It depends– we are renting the plates and silverware– but we purchased the glasses; it only cost us a little more ($0.55/ea to rent $0.85/ea to buy) and we are turning them into our favors. 

Also, we purchased the linens because it was cheaper than renting them. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Of the two, I’d rent. We pondered the mis-matched plate idea, but we calculated that it’d be more to do that than to rent. And buying means we’d have to do something with it afterwards, and I don’t want to be bothered. We’d probably lose money trying to sell it, since most reception halls include plates, etc.

But, we’re actually going the disposable route. We found awesome, elegant,  heavy-duty disposable plates and flateware that beats renting, too. We’re ordering our linens from amazon.com for cheap.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I purchased my silverware (from another Bee, actually!) and mismatched china (from various garage sales and Craigslist people). For me, the silverware comes out to less than it would have been to rent, and the plates are about the same — but, I’m hoping to sell them all after the wedding.

Our caterer is going to set up, wash, and repack them after the wedding as well, which is nice that I won’t have to worry about that.

I think it should depend on two things: 1) What kind of theme is your wedding? If the plates you want to get match your theme better than the rentals would, then do the buy-them route. and 2) Do you want to invest the time in trying to sell them again after the wedding?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@HopefulBride12:  http://www.webstaurantstore.com/restaurant-disposable-supplies.html

Just click around and use the search for your needs, since I see plates aren’t on that particular link (the site seems crude and bland, but who cares – lol). We’re getting dinner plates, dessert plates, napkins, forks, knives, spoons, and possibly cups, if the bartender doesn’t supply them (you’d be surprised how many traveling bartenders charge extra for bringing glassware!). There’s so many great choices! Disposables have come a long way.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Don’t forget to consider the environment when choosing disposables! Even the most “green” disposable company is much worse for the environment than something secondhand.

Post # 13
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1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@likelimeade:  Yes, being “green” got to me when deciding on disposables, but the cost out-weighed it for me. Since we’re reusing and making 99% of our wedding, we splurged with disposables.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Personally, I would pick renting over buying. First, I can’t imagine needing or wanting that many plates, glasses, etc. because certainly, you can’t certainly expect each person to need one of each, especially if you are doing buffet. So you will need at least multiple glasses, at least one plate, and probably at least two forks (cake + meal). You can plan on selling all of it afterwards, but do you really want to deal with that? You will likely have to sell it locally because it will be a pain to wrap and ship all that, not to mention expensive. We’re renting all of our linens and plates and whatnot, and the caterer is giving us an excellent deal for them (most of it is free or just a few dollars per person). Your caterer/rental company will know to budget in extra for dropped plates, forks, and whatever else you need.

Post # 16
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Newbee

I vote for renting too.   In addition to the green factor, you can get exactly what you want in terms of color and style.  You won’t have to settle for something that isn’t your first choice.   If you want to compare all the options, I like a site called http://www.rentalcomp.com     You can type in what you need and your location and then all the possibilities pop up.  You can email photos to yourself and/or ask for prices directly from the vendors.  It’s great!  Good luck!

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