Post # 1
Ok, lets just make this simple. With our budget right now we have to choose between an engagement session and an extra hour of photography or having real plates, glasses and flatware. If we did not get the extra photography hour, I would miss having “going away/exit” photos taken. We would also miss out on having engagement photos. If we did not get the real plates, we would have to use plastic and I would many photos with plastic plates/forks, paper napkins and plastic cups. I think it’s really obvious that we should just add the money to our photography budget, but I would really like to hear your opinions.
For those who might want to know how much the china rentals are for 70 people:
linen napkin $28
Dinner plates $25
Salad plates $31.5
dessert plates $28
water glasses $35
Total = ~$500
Post # 3
To me the photography is more worth it. We have very few pictures of the table settings since usually the photographer takes the meal time to take a break and eat their own meal. You don’t really want pictures of people stuffing their faces anyway.
Post # 4
I also think the photography is your better option. An engagement session is nice because it helps you get comfortable in front of the camera and you get time to really mesh with your photographer before the big day.
Post # 5
Photography all the way. You get to keep that after the wedding.
Post # 6
And if you’re gonna go the plastic route with the dinnerware, you could always put in some DIY effort and cutesy it up a bit!
Using plastic wine glasses, for instance, you could make some AWESOME DIY wine glass charms that match the theme of your wedding.
And you could come up with LOTS of cute wrappings for your plastic silverware- but you can’t ‘spruce up’ nonexistant photos!
Post # 7
You’re going to be looking at these photos for the rest of your life… and no one will remember what type of plate they ate off of by the time they get home after the wedding.
Post # 8
@atomic: oh yeah, thats so true. More proof is that my fiance did not remember that our best friend had centerpieces and many other details.
Post # 9
Photog for sure! Screw the real China!
Post # 10
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Did not think about that! People eating is never really something I want a photo of!! I know he will take some photos of the centerpieces, but they will have a salad on the table right when the guests enter. We have an amazing photographer so I’m sure he can do some magic to not make the plastic the complete focus of all the photos.
Post # 11
It depends what are you having for dinner is it plastic plate and silverware friendly?
Post # 12
photography! for sure. my wedding was only 2 years ago and I honestly have no idea what we ate our meal on. but i have our wedidng pics all over our home and facebook, etc.
Post # 13
@MsPanda: I’m not too sure. The lady who helped us when we booked our caterer said that 80% of people just use their plasticware. We are having Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast and Slow Cooked Pot Roast. Sides are mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans and macaroni and cheese. Hmmmmm
Post # 14
what kind fo pasticware? Is it the nicer kind that looks almost real? If so, I’d say photography, but if it’s the divided, boston market type plates I’d say plates all the way!
My venue has these GOD AWFUL 80’s style mikasa plates that are coral, teal, and green. So I feel you on the ugly plate fear.
Post # 15
I would go with photography. No one will remember what plates you had in 10 years.
The exception of course being if they are terrible filmsy, thin paper ones and you can’t eat with the plastic silverwear (the kind that always breaks). You know, like the kind you buy 100 plates for $7 at the grocery store. Then I could see going for china. But most catering companies use a better quality than this (I think). And if 80% of the people use it, it’s probably fine.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2016 - Bridgewater Place
Other than looking awesome, photography is my #1 priority. Go with the photos!