Signs to encourage guests to reuse their glasses?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Yeah, this is not an area where it’s worth it to save (not that much) money. People put their glasses down and forget them, or switch drinks (I really wouldn’t want wine in my glass I just used for beer) and then you get to carry home a dirty glass? No thanks. Just use plastic or spring for enough glassware for everyone.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

PS – what if you lose your glass at some point in the evening? Do you just…not get to go to the bar?

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would rather reuse my glass than have plastic and have to throw it out… Mainly because it’s wasteful.

I also don’t think having a glass as a favour is a cop-out. I also am in the camp that thinks favours are a useless waste of money! I don’t need extra stuff… If you want to give me a glass I can take home, that’s fine with me. I do think I would prefer it to be something that will definitely get reused though, such as a rented item from the caterer.

Post # 20
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

People will leave their glasses and go get a fresh  one.  What if I switch from one drink to another?  I’d want a clean glass.  If I had a bloody mary and then chose a mimosa, the tomato juice residue in the glass would be disgusting.  I would find it very strange to be “suggested” to reuse the glass, TBH.

I’m also not a fan of plastic, unless you’re having a very casual affair, and as PP said, I’d find a glass as my favor to kind of me a cop-out.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Sooooooooooooo maybe it’s because in my social circle we are more of a casual crowd (think barn, country weddings, bbq, relaxed, buffet – no 5 course meal served by people in tuxedos) BUT I’ve been to plenty of weddings where you tag your glass at the beginning of the night (silver sharpie and the black tags are super cute) and keep it as a wedding favor, too! Now, I will admit that there are either plastic cups next to the water pitchers, or they have water bottles, so pretty much your cup is just for cocktail/mocktail. The brides also purchased excess cups so that if people didn’t want to re-use theirs, or lost it then they could just grab another. 

This is not a big deal like other bees are making it sound like. It is not tacky, and it is not a cop out to give a glass as a favor. If you’re going to a wedding for the favors, you should not be going. Likewise, if you go and then hate the favors, just don’t take them home! Get a grip, y’all. 

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I don’t particularly care about the favors either, but the people who brought up mixed drinks make a very good point. If you’re serving more than one type of beverage, you should have more than one beverage holder. I wouldn’t want wine in my beer or beer in my water etc. Also, if I stop drinking for awhile and the residue in my glass has dried a little bit, I’d want a fresh glass for a new drink. If you’re at all considering renting glassware (rather than say a beer-bottle-country-barn-mason-jar type of event), you should either rent enough or go cheaper, but either way, clean is always good. 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I hate loathe and despise getting the sticky lipsticky glass that I’ve been using as a favor. Am I to just stuff this in my clutch? Where do I dump the ice? It also doesn’t match anything else in my cupboard so I’m going to leave it and smile politely and say whoops when someone informs me I left it.  

It really depends on the limit and casual-ness of the event, I’d probably be weirded out by this and would definitely be weirded out by a sign. Basically, if there’s a bartender and waiters, I’d think it was bizarre and I’d wonder why we aren’t just using plastic or you didn’t spring for some more glasses. If it’s bottle beer from a wheelbarrow, wine, and only one signature drink – totally cool. 

ETA – What if I want a glass of water? Do I have to go to the ladies room and rise out my cup? 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I don’t think it’s tacky per se, but certainly not ideal. I don’t like the idea of keeping track of that same cup all night (or day in this case). Normally, at a big event I would finish my drink before going to the restroom/abondoning it so nobody has to watch it or anything like that. I wouldn’t mind just using plastic ones. 🙂

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

In a few months, I (as a wedding guest) won’t remember what centerpeices you had, the color of your chair covers, your flowers, or even – to be perfectly honest – what kind of dress you had on. I will, however, remember if I had to stop drinking because I misplaced my glass or it got too dirty.

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I wouldn’t mind getting a personalized glass as a favor, but I’d want to have a place to wash/dry it while switching between drinks and before taking it home. 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think most bees have covered it well (keepin track of glass when dancing/in bathroom/ switching drinks) but in my circles it is also normal to go to the bar and get a “round” for the table (as in one of the guys will usually go up to get a fresh set of drinks for example before the speeches start so everyone at the table has a fresh drink and we don’t have to just get up one by one or wait for the waitstaff to be available since they will be busy with the food)

so it wouldn’t be unusual for me to have a few cups in front of me at once (1 for water, one mixed drink and maybe a red wine for dinner…and maybe even a champagne for toasting!)

I mean I wouldn’t storm out of your wedding or take back my gift but I would definitely be rolling my eyes and wishing I just brought a sleeve of keg cups and been done with babysitting a dumb glass

Post # 28
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

bringingthefunk :  I can’t get past the point you made about your caterer not washing glasses!!! Like wtf…don’t they factor in the cost of hiring a person to wash dishes/glasses? 

I’d bite the bullet and hire extra glasses or pay someone to wash dishes/glasses. Signs telling me to reuse my glass at a wedding would remind me of parties I was a guest at when I was a kid. The mums would write our names on our plastic cup so we could reuse and know which is which…

Having to put wine into a glass I’ve had a coke previously in would feel weird not to mention muddy the flavor of the wine. I think you honestly cant get away from spending the money… You could do plastic if you want but it depends on how fancy your event will be….

 

 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

cmsgirl :  If the wedding is outdoors and the caterer is brought in (all vendors brought in), where do they wash the glasses? A hose?

Post # 30
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Busy Beekeeper

krb31 :  They probably just pack them up and wash them at their location [either catering location or the rental location]. Most of those places have industrial washers, and dont sit at an event hand washing each individual dish.

 

Op – this sounds icky to me. I’d rather just have a plastic glass than have to reuse 1 glass for everything.

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