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Ashley
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Cheesy to use plastic disposable plates for a backyard wedding?

Ashley, on April 28, 2021 at 10:50 AM Posted in Planning 0 23
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Hi all! Having a backyard wedding in July with about 40 people. Trying to cut down the costs anywhere I can. Is it cheesy to use disposable plates and silverware? I was looking at the white ones from Costco because they’re a little nicer. Planning to rent wine glasses and flutes and plastic cups by the bar setup. What do y’all think?

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Latest activity by Kim, on July 24, 2021 at 10:52 PM
  • Dj Tanner
    June 2021
    Dj Tanner ·
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    If you’re having a more laid-back atmosphere, then I think it should be fine. It’s not like it’s at the Ritz Carlton. I think it might also depend on what you’re serving… For example do you plan on serving filet mignon with asparagus and mashed potatoes?
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  • Ashley
    Savvy July 2021
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    True!


    We’re having Greek food. So it’s either going to be bone-in chicken and 6 Oz. Sirloin or the other package is boneless chicken and sliced sirloin. And then the sides, pasta rice, Greek salad, rolls.
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  • Dj Tanner
    June 2021
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    Opa!!!!!! Haha yeah, then that should be totally fine! As long as it’s not like paper plates, because those obviously get soggy. As long as they look decent that should be totally fine. Are you doing spanakopita too??
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  • Ashley
    Savvy July 2021
    Ashley ·
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    Definitely not paper! Trying to find ones that still like nice.


    No. I’ve actually never had that. We’re not Greek, we just love Greek food!!
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  • Grace
    Super February 2022
    Grace ·
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    So long as the ones you get are of a nice enough quality then it should be fine. Some plastic cutlery does does a very good job pretending to look like metal and can be bought at the grocery store for decently cheep.



    Yes, glad you are avoiding paper plates!
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  • W
    Super September 2020
    Willow ·
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    Bamboo or palm leaf plates look nice but are still disposable. I believe they're available at Costco. Disposables would be just fine for a laid back backyard wedding
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    I would get the heavy duty Chinet plates from Costco
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  • Ashley
    Savvy July 2021
    Ashley ·
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    Yes. I was thinking these

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  • S
    Expert November 2021
    Sara ·
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    If your wedding is super casual (which it sounds like it is), then no, I don't think plastic would be cheesy at all.

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  • Marshaya
    Dedicated April 2022
    Marshaya ·
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    No its not tacky at all.
    Happy Planning 💐
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  • CountryBride
    VIP April 2022
    CountryBride ·
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    Try smartyhadaparty.com they have realistic plates for cheap

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  • Allie
    VIP November 2021
    Allie ·
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    It's not cheesy or tacky at all! My cousin's wedding was super laid back, they got catering from a local grocery store and used plastic utensils and plates. Besides...almost nobody will remember the plates and utensils anyway!

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  • Maddie
    Rockstar February 2022
    Maddie ·
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    Hey Hey!

    We're having a laid back thing with a family member who has a taco catering business so I want to use disposable as well. If you want to check out

    https://www.webstaurantstore.com/restaurant-disposable-supplies.html

    I'm thinking of buying from there. I don't know what the prices or variety is compared to Costco.

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  • Stephanie
    Beginner April 2022
    Stephanie ·
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    I found a ton of realistic looking disposable plates, utensils, and cups on Amazon and efavormart. Try checking them out, or as others have said costco as well.
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  • Aimee
    Just Said Yes May 2021
    Aimee ·
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    I got our cake plates off of Amazon. They look awesome! They’re like a clear/sparkle and really solid and disposable. Others are right- no one will remember the plates 😊
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  • Kim
    Dedicated April 2021
    Kim ·
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    Not at all cheesy! We used disposable ones for our barn wedding too but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the pictures!
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
    Kari ·
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    I feel like single use/disposable plates are appropriate for a casual wedding, but I would be kind of upset to use the heavy duty plastic ones. Weddings are just so excessive and wasteful in general, and those plastic plates will be used for your wedding for maybe a half hour and then probably sit in a landfill for the next hundred years. Would you consider a compostable or biodegradable option instead?

    We had friends use compostable plates and silverware made out of barley for their wedding. They looked like compressed grains and were brown and not fancy looking at all but no one cared, and they could be composted at home or just in a backyard compost pile (no need for an industrial composting setup at all). Standard compostable plates (the natural white color that looks kind of like a heavy duty paper/compressed cardboard) are pretty nice and the color is neutral and goes with anything wedding. As wedding guest if I saw compostable plates I would think "oooh what thoughtful hosts" but if you gave me a fancy heavy duty plastic plate it would upset me some and I would feel some guilt for using it.

    Another poster suggested bamboo or palm leaf as well, which are also good options. We are going to use bamboo or compostable plates for our cocktail hour since we had to change it to be a little more Covid friendly (caterer didn't love the idea of everyone reaching for the same apps, so we are doing individual sampler platters instead). I don't consider plastic classy at all, but biodegradable single use is completely appropriate for a casual wedding IMO.

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
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    Excellent idea! You would have to have a separate labeled trash bin just for these and let people know somehow that they aren’t regular trash.

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  • ScandalousRandallous
    Devoted July 2022
    ScandalousRandallous ·
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    I used something like this at my first wedding and people were nervous to throw them away thinking they were real!

    https://www.amazon.com/Disposable-Plastic-Plates-Premium-Cutlery/

    But I understand the waste viewpoint and a nice biodegradable option would be awesome!

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  • Laura
    Savvy August 2021
    Laura ·
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    OR... you also get compostable trash bags and have the venue use those

    We are doing compostable plates, napkins and "silverware" and are providing compostable trash bags for the venue bins. My mom has already located a local compostable company that will take care of our waste. Im curious to know which route you go and if you did any signage to state that the dinnerware is compostable/biodegradable (if thats the way you went). Im looking for ways to word our own sign! Smiley laugh

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