(Closed) This may prove I’m an idiot, but I have to ask…

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think you do! I would ask the site if you can use their kitchen to clean rented dishes. You’re probably not the first person to run into this situation, so they might even have an action plan for it.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Huh, I have no answer for you but I thought I’d let you know that it’s not a detail I had thought about! I’ll be interested to see what the other bees say…

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You’re not an idiot!

Ask your caterer if they can rent the plates for you (they may even own their own that they’ll rent you) and just add it to your catering bill.  This way they’ll be responsible for cleaning. I used to work for a caterer, and this is how we always did it 🙂

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i’d ask your caterer. you don’t want to be stuck cleaning dishes on your wedding night, or waking up early to do it the next day!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I talked to one caterer that only offered paper plates and they said they would pick up/drop off plates from the rental company they work with if we wanted real ones.  But I never did ask if we were supposed to clean them first!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am the Maid/Matron of Honor in a wedding where they are renting plates and YOU DO NOT have to return them clean. They have to be scrapped so there is no food on them but they do not have to be clean. We just put them in a box and the company will come and take them away!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think this makes you an idiot at all.  Or else I’m one too.  I have no idea what you’d do!  Hopefully the caterer can do it, probably at an additional fee.  But I wouldn’t want to do it nor would I want to ask a relative or friend.  Good question!  Good thing you even thought of it before the wedding.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve rented plates for events before — you don’t have to wash them before returning them — part of the reason renting is SO great (especially if you’re hosting a big event at your home)! No muss, no fuss.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ask the place you rent from. I know here that one place doesn’t make you return the clean, they do it themselves.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah I had this same question… I asked my caterer if she would clear the plates since I am renting all the dishes from an outside company. She said she and her team would make sure the plates are scraped and rinsed and packed away, ready to be taken back to the rental company. No worries!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve rented plates a few times (and will be renting them for our wedding as well), and all we’ve ever had to do is scrape them off and put them back in the crates they came in. When the rental people pick them up, they put them through big industrial washers at their warehouse so that they’re sanitized and cleaned as per health code standards.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our rental company only requires you scrape off extra food. They do the cleaning.

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