Post # 1
We’re getting married this September in my fiances father’s backyard. With about 115 guests. He has a beautiful lot and couldnt be happier with our decision! We’re having everything catered and it’s going to be a buffet style reception. We’ll be serving award winning BBQ ribs, chicken shish kabobs and italian beef sandwiches with many sides to choose from.
My question is, do you think disposable plates are an exception at backyard events or should I step it up a notch a go with real china? What about flatware, silver or disposable? I’m loving these verterra disposables (see below).
What would you do? Go with ALL disposable dinnerware including flatware or rent everything and have to wash dishes the next day?
Post # 3
Okay. I was going to say no to the disposables, because hey, with rustic elegance some china would definitely be appropriate, but those are really nice plates! Cost wise though, how do they compare to rentals? I mean, you can rent plates for like $0.40 a piece, so where do these measure up?
Personally, I really prefer real china, especially at a wedding. Most rental places you just need to have your caterer scrape the plates off and you put them back in the crates they came in dirty, the supplier will pick them up and wash them so they meet health codes. You don’t need to worry about being up to your elbows in soapy water the day after your wedding 🙂
Post # 4
Bekerella- That was my gut feeling as well, go with real plates but my rental company says they MUST be washed and if they are returned dirty I’ll have to pay the rental fee again. So I’m thinking it will make things a easier on us to just use disposables even though the price might be a bit more it might be worth it in the end. I just wanted to get some feedback on the idea. Thank you! 🙂
Post # 5
Can you use a different rental company? That’s really strange and I would think against health codes. I mean, how do they know people are actually washing the dishes and not just rinsing them off. That makes me feel icky.
Post # 6
We ordered Verterra plates. You can pick up a single pack at Whole Foods if you want to see them first. The rental company would wash plates for us, but everything is outdoors so we didn’t want to have dirty dishes sitting around in a visible place. But we’re only having “disposables” because we’re composting everything – I’d hate to throw 100+ full place settings in the garbage. But no way would we be washing dishes the day after our wedding. Another pros of Verterra – nothing can get broken and leave shards in the grass. They are a bit pricier, but I’d say worth the convenience.
Post # 7
My vote is not for disposibles. It creates so much waste, and I know that not everyone thinks green, but it’s waste that could be easily avoided.
You could probably soak all the rented dishes overnight & then spray them off with a hose to get them clean.
Post # 8
My vote goes to the disposables. They are not paper or plastic so they will breakdown in the landfill.
If you want to look at other alternatives that are less costly, there are also disposables made of bamboo and cornstarch.
Post # 9
LadyGoodman: If I decide to use disposables I’ll be using Verterra plates. They’re eco-friendly, made from 100% renewable and compostable fallen leaves and water. No trees were cut down to make these plates. 100% natural & 100% compostable. They break down in 60 days and even help plant growth.