(Closed) Setting out plastic plates…taky or ok?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3141 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you say it looks nice can you post a pic? We had nice plastic plates too but just had them stacked at the buffet 

Post # 4
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

hmm not a fan of plastic silerwave/plates. Can you post a pic?

Post # 5
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@ta090607:  Most buffets keep the plates at the buffet, it’s just easier.

Post # 6
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Personally, I think it’s just easier to have your plates by the buffet – regardless of the material they are made of. Sure, it always looks nice to have plates set on the table, but it’s not really functional unless you have someone who serves the food.

Post # 7
5220 posts
Bee Keeper

I say keep them at the buffet so that they’re not blown all around, should there be a slight breeze.

Regardless of what people on here may tell you: the only truly tacky things in a wedding ( to me) revolve a around bad attitude from the bride and/or groom and a general sense of entitlement. If your day is a reflection of you and your Fiance, focused on the gathering of family and friends… I think you’ll be good to go. It sounds like what you have planned is perfect for a barn reception.

Post # 8
46604 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

As a guest, I wouldn’t mind carrying my empty plate to the buffet, if the bride prefers the look of the plates on the table. After all, I am capable of carrying the full plate back from the table.

If your concern is filling in the space at the table,do a napkin fold that takes up a fair bit of room and place it where the plate would be.

You could also use doilies


paper placemats

or place a favor in that spot.

Post # 9
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ta090607:  Doooo not worry about this! They make very nice plastic plates now that are near-indistinguishable from regular ones, it seems like that’s what you’ve got… my cousin used them and it was lovely, but really you need to ask yourself this question:

Is even a single guest going to remember or care what my plates were made of even a month or less later? (Hint: prooooobably not?)

If plastic is more convenient or inexpensive to you, for the love of pete, just do it and save yourself the stress. This is one of those decsions (along with where to put the plates) you should be making based on what works best for you! 🙂

Post # 11
1112 posts
Bumble bee

I think it’s totally fine. We considered doing a buffet and that’s exactly how we would have done it. No need to buy or rent lots of fancy stuff for no reason. People aren’t going to remember your plates – they’re going to remember YOU! 🙂

Post # 12
9116 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m doing a buffet and plastic table settings were the only thing in my entire wedding I wouldn’t budge for. I insisted on real table settings.

Do I personally find them tacky? Yes. But, I understand that not everyone can afford “real” table gear, and that’s nothing to snuff at. If I were a guest, I would raise an eyebrow but I wouldn’t think poorly of the wedding or my hosts.

It’s just something that I absolutely did not want and despite my Mother-In-Law begging me to do it, I refused to compromise.

I think that, for plastic, it looks nice. Like I said, I wouldn’t feel any differently towards my hosts if I was given plastic table settings.

Post # 14
46604 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ta090607:  I would set the silverware properly whether you are going to place the plates on the table or not.

Post # 15
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ta090607:  Did you get your plates from smarty had a party??

Post # 16
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We used plates similar to those and we stacked our’s at the buffet table..and also the silverware.  It looked like this: 




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