(Closed) Tacky?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are you using plastic or china?
    Plastic : (30 votes)
    29 %
    China : (65 votes)
    63 %
    Both : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Neither : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    2829 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    The only thing wrong with it imo is how easily it can be recycled.

    Some more ‘elegant’ affairs would be better suited to china etc, but if it’s a semi-casual event then I don’t really see an issue. Plus, the cost of renting dinnerware is exorbitant, so if it’s not in the cards, then it’s not in the cards.

    Post # 4
    2216 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It is your wedding.  Do what you want and what fits the budget.

    I honestly wouldn’t think it would be tacky if I attended a semi-formal wedding with plastic dinner.  

    The only thing I might worry about is “old school” relatives thinking its tacky.

    Post # 5
    46407 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Would you consider changing the title of your post?

     It could be hurtful to other brides to see their choice voted as “tacky”.

    Having said that, I would vote for bamboo or one of the corn based biodegradeable choices.

    Post # 6
    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Plastic all the way.

    There are some awesome plastic companies out there. It’s not just crappy Silo or nothing.

    Here are mine


    Post # 7
    1486 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    smartyhadaparty.com has some great choices for plastics.

    Post # 8
    907 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I went to a wedding this summer where we were given plastic utensils and honestly, it was awful. It was hard to cut and pierce the food, but this may be less of an issue if you’re serving something like, say spaghetti. In general, though, I would strongly advise against it. Not because it’s “tacky,” but because it can be frustrating.

    Post # 9
    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    I do like china better, but I’m trying super hard to stick to our budget. That being said, we found a venue that has china in their package price, so we’re doing china. If you can afford it, do, otherwise I think plastic is fine.

    Post # 10
    811 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Its totally ok!

    We decided to go this route because we are having a super casual affair (read picnic tables and buffet) where I wanted people to choose their own seating and mingle…walking from the buffet to your place setting with a heavy china plate and relatively heavy cutlery seemed difficult.

    We’re just going with white.

    Post # 11
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    If you want “real” (porcelain) plates, you could check out these, $6.99 a dozen from Bed Bath & Beyond.  Since you could resell them after the wedding, they might well be less expensive over the long run than plastic.  However, if you prefer plastic, there is nothing wrong with it.

    Post # 12
    3402 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I personally feel that something is only “tacky” of you think the people at your wedding will view it that way. In my future wedding I plan to use plastic dinnerware because I know that the vast majority of the people are our wedding are not majorly high class or snooty. Plus, the ones that are particularly well off should, and I believe DO, love us enough to look past something as unimportant as what you serve them food on…

    Post # 13
    374 posts
    Helper bee

    Do you have a COstco near you?  They sell a lovely white plastic dish with a silver rim that looks like China.  It comes with silver tone untensils also which are sturdy.  As far as recycling, I agree.  They can be rewashed and reused if you are so inclined.

    If you can’t find something upscale, rent the china.  You can return it dirty, and they do all the drop off and pick up.

    Your caterer will know what to do.  That’s their job.

    Don’t shy away from china because it is too much work.  The rental place and caterer take care of everything.  Ask your caterer regarding china rental. 

    Post # 14
    3402 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    OP: Have you ever thought about the fact that renting china could not only turn out to be an expensive idea in the first place, but some will likely get chipped, and therefore you will have to pay for the damage that will probably occur to several itmes? Plastic can be made to look very nice, so china is an unnecessary, and often ostentatious expenditure which can be ommited in favor of better spending habits (particularly because you are on a budget).

    Post # 15
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I am using plastic but it looks like real stainless steel. this picture isnt that great  I just got it off google images but it gives you an idea. I’d chose these over clear plastic

    Post # 16
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I dunno, I think plastic is only ok if you’re having an outdoor reception, and even then only in certain cases (think picnic vibe.)  Would you really be saving THAT much money?

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