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« on: November 14, 2008 06:43:52 AM »

I know that isn't exactly craft-related but it is kind of DIY... :-)

I am going with a very inexpensive caterer for the area ($10.00/person for a buffet dinner!!) and since our reception is in a fairly fancy location both sets of parents have expressed that they do not want plastic dishes used.  My fiance and I are both okay with this and would like to try and set a more formal tone.

I have not yet booked my caterer but when I visited with them I had them make a bunch of different contracts.  One included dinnerware and the other did not.  Because of gratuity, extra servers needed to accomodate ceramic plates, and a mandatory 20% fee that our reception site charges caterers the difference between plastic and real plates was a little over $1000!!!  The guest list is approximately 200 although we are still quite a ways out and have not done invitations yet.  We are thinking it will be somewhere around 200 that will actually come, maybe more maybe less.

I went to the food service portion of the Sam's Club website and found that I could buy everything for about $70 more than the caterer charges to rent it.  I have a bunch of helpful friends that would be more than willing to help set up so that will not be an issue.

I was just wondering if anybody here has purchased their plates rather than rented them.  If anybody has, was it difficult to sell them?  Did you think it was worth it??

Thanks for your help!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008 03:33:47 PM »

We purchased glasses (DollarTree), table linens (Ebay) and flatware (Ebay), but not our actual plates.  I couldn't find plates or napkins that I liked, so we ended up renting those for the day.  The other pieces were easy to sell on Craigslist, though! Smiley  We kept some and sold some at sets.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2008 04:42:40 PM »

I was thinking about doing that myself. I decided on renting instead. I don't think I know anyone in my family who wants to wash 200 sets of silverware, plates, etc. Are you buying cake plates too? I was surprised at how many dishes I needed just to serve a meal and drinks.
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2008 10:06:22 AM »

I suggest checking out the local boards on The Knot and closed sales on Ebay and Craigslist to see how much you can actually get for sold goods.

How about checking some restaurant supply stores to see if they sell at lower prices?

In addition, what about checking out Ebay or Craigslist to buy another couple's previously used plates?  Buying used could possibly save you even more than Sam's Club.
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008 12:02:45 PM »

I did!
We had about 80 people at our wedding reception following our wedding. We bought the plates at Dollar Tree. They are sort of the squarish-white ones. I washed all those plates myself three times! First after we bought them, then after the reception (very DIY), then after the second reception later on.

It was worth it to us, we used them twice. The plates cost us a dollar each, but renting them was $1.30 each time. The washing was a pain in the arse, but if you are too busy, you can assign this to a willing friend/family member. We also bought our own wine glasses from IKEA - 6 for $2.50 I think. Water glasses. And something else.

I've still got them. I want to sell cheaply or gift them to someone in my area that is having their own reception on a budget. So, if you know of anyone in Chicagoland that wants them - holler.
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008 12:55:38 PM »

This may not be your style but here's what I'm doing:


Biodegradable bamboo plates!!!!

http://bambuhome.com/products/veneerware/

Look them up.  They look classier than paper or plastic plates,but are way less expensive than buying real dishes.  I'm having an earthy, barefoot, mountain wedding, so it fits with the mood, but I think they would look nice in a more formal setting too.
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2008 06:24:54 PM »

Oh most definitely! We ended up using super upscale plastic ware as our venue decided at the last minute they wouldn't let glassware inside, but originally(and I still have 50 pieces) we were buying all of our china.
I will explain....I really wanted zebra rimmed plates. So I went to the dollar store and found big white plates for two for $1 and bought 25 sets. I painted each with a thin wave of zebra print and was going to put our monogram in the center. Well, we ended up not using them, but I would highly recommend this. If you have the time to make the dinnerware "you" and crafty(like I did) I think it is well worth it, plus it is far cheaper then renting.
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008 05:25:04 PM »

This may not be your style but here's what I'm doing:


Biodegradable bamboo plates!!!!

http://bambuhome.com/products/veneerware/

Look them up.  They look classier than paper or plastic plates,but are way less expensive than buying real dishes.  I'm having an earthy, barefoot, mountain wedding, so it fits with the mood, but I think they would look nice in a more formal setting too.

i've been thinking about the dinnerware issue as well. i checked these out and they look really cool! the closest place that sells them around me is a few hours away so if you could tell me what the cost is and how many come in a package so i don't have to drive just to find out that would be awesome! thanks for suggesting these  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2008 04:40:28 PM »

I saw a post somewhere (maybe on here or offbeatbride?) where they bought random china from thrift stores and let people take them home after the ceremony. I know that my thrift stores sell plates for  10-50 cents so that would be a pretty cheap option if it fit in with your vibe.
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2008 03:53:12 PM »

This may not be your style but here's what I'm doing:


Biodegradable bamboo plates!!!!

http://bambuhome.com/products/veneerware/

Look them up.  They look classier than paper or plastic plates,but are way less expensive than buying real dishes.  I'm having an earthy, barefoot, mountain wedding, so it fits with the mood, but I think they would look nice in a more formal setting too.

i've been thinking about the dinnerware issue as well. i checked these out and they look really cool! the closest place that sells them around me is a few hours away so if you could tell me what the cost is and how many come in a package so i don't have to drive just to find out that would be awesome! thanks for suggesting these  Smiley


The best place to buy them is greenfeet.com.   You get a better deal than trying to buy them in a small boutique type store.   

http://www.greenfeet.com/bambu.asp?Cc=BAMBU%5FVENEERWAR&iTpStatus=0&Tp=&Bc=&WT.svl=itemname
Hope this helps!
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