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table settings-premium plastics okay?

So FI and I are on a budget, and we're having a fairly casual wedding at his brother's farm.  We were going to have a buffet reception, but we're thinking about heavy hors d'ouerves instead.  Would premium plastics be a good choice, or would plastic dishes at a wedding be tacky?

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Re: table settings-premium plastics okay?

  • I think premium plastics would be a good idea. I always like a sturdy plate. FOr a casual wedding, there is no reason to have china. My caterer recommended www.smartyhadaparty.com for the premium plastics.
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  • Catwoman708Catwoman708
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    They are fine for a casual outdoor wedding. 

    If you were using plastic for a formal wedding in an upscale venue, then yes, it would be tacky.
  • In Response to Re: table settings-premium plastics okay?:
    I think premium plastics would be a good idea. I always like a sturdy plate. FOr a casual wedding, there is no reason to have china. My caterer recommended www.smartyhadaparty.com for the premium plastics.
    Posted by SarahPLiz
    Smarty Had A Party is actually where I've been looking...lots of selection and the prices are awesome!

    Thanks for your input ladies!
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  • 2dBride2dBride
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    We used the premium plastic plates, but got them from The WEBstaurant Store, which was less expensive than Smarty Had a Party.

    Another alternative would be these porcelain plates, which are $10 a dozen and could be resold afterward.

    We used stainless steel forks instead of plastic, because we wanted to make sure they were sturdy enough.  We got teaspoons for $0.86 a dozen, knives for $2.59 a dozen, and forks for $1.33 a dozen.  Because we were able to resell them, the net cost was less than that of plastic.
  • We used clear plastic plates we bought at Sam's club with matching plastic ware wrapped in napkins with a ribbon tied around them.  It dressed it up pretty good and it was cheaper!

  • I know you were asking specifically about the table settings but I thought I would suggest another way to help with the budget...my fiance and I are also planning on a farm wedding--rustic, casual--and will have a potluck/carry-in (depends on what you call it where you live...here in OH they call it carry-in but where I grew up in IL we called it potluck...). This way guests can have a full meal but you don't end up footing the whole bill. It's working out depends on how many guests will be local and therefore able to bring a dish to share...and if you think your guests would be willing to do so. To make it seem less like a picnic and a little "fancier", we will be going with the "real" table settings--buying and then reselling after the wedding-- and renting linens. This is also more "sustainable" and "green" to use a could catch words popular these days :-)
  • Where did you find the porcelain plates?
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