I am having an outside wedding/ backyard tent wedding and I don’t want to rent glassware and I want to do something slightly more fancy than paper plates. Anyone ever use charger plates for actual food? They are cheap and sturdy and look nice. They are big! But who cares. More food for the guests.
It's definitely true that many chargers are not made out of food safe material. But also, do you mean you would buy chargers and basically use them as disposable plates? That seems more costly than it's worth and wasteful to boot. And as for the size, if you are having a buffet, you run the risk of encouraging guests to take too much food (to fill the giant "plate") and running out.
Have you looked into the cost of renting china? It can be very inexpensive per plate and you don't have to wash them. Otherwise, I would use good quality, sturdy paper plates.
Agreed with previous posters. It is not safe to eat off chargers. Is your wedding being catered? I’d talk to them about adding plates, silverware and glasses. It’s usually not that expensive to rent, especially if you are already using the company and it will make a big different in the formality and overall look of your wedding then having paper plates and plastic utensils that will easily break and not be able to hold up more than a salad