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How to Style Place Setting with no plates/utensils!

Hi all! My fiance and I hired an amazing SoCal taco stand to cater our wedding and they're providing plates, napkins, and utensils. They're higher end but we will not be getting cloth napkins, etc because we're on a very tight budget. 

I'm wondering how we can style our place settings/tables without utensils, napkins, or plates. We will have glasses and my fiance is creating handmade favors for our guests (wooden coasters with a quote about love and our initials). Also our centerpieces are going to be very low-key (small lantern with vines and a single purple rose on a wood board). 

I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to style a place setting creatively and cheaply! 

Re: How to Style Place Setting with no plates/utensils!

  • Can you put the paper napkins and plastic(I'm assuming) utensils at the places? Honestly, I think you would be better off using the money allocated for the favors for cloth napkins. I know most people wouldn't appreciate the work you FI did on the wooden coasters or really use them. JMHO
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  • You can get chargers for less than $1 at most places, or maybe have some placemats printed with the menu?
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  • Loving the placemat idea! Thank you!
  • Can you put the paper napkins and plastic(I'm assuming) utensils at the places? Honestly, I think you would be better off using the money allocated for the favors for cloth napkins. I know most people wouldn't appreciate the work you FI did on the wooden coasters or really use them. JMHO
    Placemats are a great idea, as are some sort of menu to mark the places at the table. 

    But I agree with the above poster who says to forgo the favors and use the money on something else. Why does someone else want a single coaster (or if a couple, 2 coasters) with your initials on them? Do you want 2 random wood coasters with someone else's initials on them? I know I don't. 
    InLoveInQueensYogaSandysparklepants41
  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado
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    edited September 2016
    One of my pet peeves is having to take utensils back to my seat at a wedding.  I would rather you spend the extra money on  something like






    or this:




    this:http://www.mrtakeoutbags.com/store/paper-napkin-rolls.html

    They only cost about $65 for 100.  The napkins are linen-like (so thicker than your standard napkin) and you can just set them at each seat.








    What differentiates an average host and a great host is anticipating unexpressed needs and wants of their guests.  Just because the want/need is not expressed, doesn't mean it wouldn't be appreciated. 
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