Post # 1
As a followup to my last post……
Is it possible to maintain the level of formality with disposable tableware? Meaning plastic everything….
Right now, I’m having a semi-formal wedding but debating on getting REALLY nice disposable tableware, basically, linen-like napkins, REALLLY nice plastic flatware, REALLY nice plastic wine glasses, and REALLY nice clear plastic plates.
Would this diminish the level of formality? Are the guests really going to care? Is it just best that I stick with real everything? Or what if I mix n match?
Post # 3
Semi-formal outdoor wedding? Yes.
Semi-formal indoor wedding? More questionable.
I feel like the plates aren’t as big a deal as the silverware, personally. I’ve seen some great plates that you can only tell by feel are disposable, but I’ve never seen disposable forks and knives that don’t look disposable. :/
Post # 4
I would shop around. We were planning on using nice disposable tableware (like the bamboo stuff), and it’s actually considerably cheaper for us to rent real dishes than to use the disposable stuff.
Post # 5
We’re using NICE disposables for our outdoor wedding, so I vote that it’s ok. I think it would be tackier to use a mix of disposable and non-disposable (although obviously serving stuff should be non disposable)
Post # 6
@ddw: The ceremony is outside in a garden, the reception is inside a mansion. Would that be the same as an “outdoor” wedding?
I’m still leaning towards linen-like napkins and clear plastic plates, then real glasses and flatware, but maybe I can fit it in my budget.
Post # 7
I have shopped this to death and found that the difference between disposables and the real thing is minimal (keep in mind I am on a tight budget). Your event sounds like you need the real thing but only you know what your budget allows. For me the difference was about $150 total so I chose real linens, silverware, plates and glasses.
Post # 8
@YSQueen:I think disposable is perfectly fine! I have seen plastic silverware that looks like real silver silverware.They sell it at Target! Thats what I am using for my wedding. We are having outdoor ceremony and indoor reception and it will be very casual.Good Luck to you!!!
Post # 9
we’re having a kosher wedding, so we had to choose between disposables or renting glass plates. the disposables they showed me (i think it was called Impressions) looked like china — it was only when you pick it up that you realize it’s actually plastic. so yes, i think disposable is fine as long as you use impressions or something similar.
Post # 10
I think it’s fine to use disposables. However, I think depending on the size of your wedding, you might find some decent plates, silverware, glasses, etc that are around the same price as good disposables.
Post # 11
I voted that it doesn’t matter. No one really cares about the tableware.
Post # 12
Considering the location of your wedding, I’d stick to real, its not that much more expensive to rent real than use plastic, I think it would really throw me off as a wedding guest.
Post # 13
@YSQueen: I saw some cutlery the other day at costco that looked and FELT like real silverware and it was half the cost of renting…if i could go back i would probably do it that way (but maybe glass plates??…i dont know)
Either way these are things guest dont remember
Post # 14
It does not matter, its getting tossed…. I am having a semi formal outdoor wedding and we are using disposable tableware provided by caterer.
Post # 15
I didn’t vote but I say that plastic plates and cutlery are perfectly fine. We are using plastic that looks just like the realy thing! It’s only when you pick it up you realize its not real. Now the plastic wine glasses? I would reconsider that one. People who really love wine won’t want to drink it out of a plastic glass. I say go for the real ones on that.
Post # 16
Initally I was going to go with the Impressions plates also, they are awesome! But, were going to have real metal silverware (intially going to buy from Sams club, they are CEHAP there) and I was going to buy linen napkins from Sams also (also affordable) and then rent glasses.
But our caterer had a great deal so we rented everything.
I was really focused on the silverware, and just through plastic would take away from the feeling of my wedding (crazy I know, nobody cares) but I really did.
Take a look at Sams, you would be surprised that buying cheap metal silverware and linen napkins are actually affordable!