(Closed) Your thoughts on paper straws? Any alternatives?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
2957 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

They look cute, but I’m not fond of them because they tend to not last very long. The mouth part starts to feel gross. You will have to buy bigger numbers of them because people will want to switch them out often.

Post # 3
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

The paper straws feel really yucky in your mouth. I hate them. Honestly there is no reason to get all obsessed over having cutesy little straws. Just some plain jane plastic straws in a nice color would be fine. No one cares about straws unless they are soggy paper.

Post # 4
4696 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t like straws period. I especially dislike paper straws.

They’re just plain yucky and kind of overdone for how impractical they are.

Post # 5
9071 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve never used a paper straw that didn’t start to feel weird around the mouth part near immediately. They don’t last long.<br /><br />ETA: I searched for plastic straws on Etsy and came up with lots of hits.

Post # 6
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

A local coffee shop uses them for their cold drinks and they’re terrible. They get mushy and it’s really annoying. If i get a drink to go, i’ll grab 2 straws. 

Post # 7
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Most of the plastic cute striped straws you’ll find on etsy seem to be resuable ones… not really disposable ones. 


If you really want cute straws, I’d get regular plastic ones in a color that matches and maybe put some washi tape flags on them. 

like this: 


Post # 8
736 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

ebay does have some options but you’d have to sift through. For example: 


Something to help your search – almost every single website these days uses a standard search bar. Which means you can specify it to remove certain terms. If you search “plastic straw -paper”, it will weed out all listings that include the word paper. Be sure to but the – up with the word though, or else it doesn’t work. For multiple terms just add a space “plastic straw -paper -green”

The plastic may not be cost effective though…

Good luck!

Post # 10
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I agree with PP, they look great but aren’t terribly functional. 

How about using a single colour straw in your teme and add little tags to them? You get a decent straw but also the cute factor.


Post # 11
925 posts
Busy bee

Yeah, a definite NO to paper straws. So gross. 

Post # 12
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

They are GORGEOUS and fun, but man, oh, man do they taste awful when they start to dissolve in liquid.  I’d go another route.

Post # 13
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree with everyone else. They’re cute but terrible to use. They don’t last long and then start to get soggy, which is really off-putting. I’d go plastic, even if it means getting solid color ones. 

Post # 14
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I went to a wedding last year where the paper straws were used. They were adorable, but as stated by PPs, they fell apart and that stuck in my mind more than the cuteness factor. Plastic would be the way to go

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