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Is It Tacky to Use Plastic Plates at Wedding Receptions?

If you’re trying to save a little money on your wedding, you might be wondering if using plastic plates is tacky at a wedding.

So, is it tacky to use plastic plates at a wedding? Plastic plates are not tacky as long as they are sturdy and durable. Most people do not care what they are eating off but rather what they are eating. You can get some very nice disposables that look great and save money.

If you’re looking for more ideas about what types of disposable plates and tableware you can use without looking cheap, here are some great ideas.


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Use Disposable Tableware for Budget-Friendly Weddings

Weddings are getting more and more expensive and you’re probably looking for any way to save a little money where you can.

One of those ways to save a little money is to use disposable dinnerware. This doesn’t mean you have to flimsy paper plates that bend as soon as you pick them up. You can purchase some really nice plastic plates, glasses, and silverware that looks just like the real deal but without the price tag.

You can save a lot of money by not needing to rent dishes from your caterer or venue. Plus, everything can get thrown away when the night is over which saves on the cleanup and the mess!

Renting real glasses, dinner plates, and flatware be very expensive. You usually have to rent them by the piece so you might be surprised how much you’ll save by switching to plastic. I saw some caterers charging an additional $5 per plate! If you have 150 guests, that’s an additional $750 just for plates!

If you switch to disposable tableware, you can save a lot of money. Even if you decided to have plastic plates but real silverware and glasses, you can still expect to save a lot of money on your wedding.

Tips for Using Plastic Plates at Your Wedding Reception

When it comes to using plastic plates and other disposables at your wedding, here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.

Match your tableware to your menu. If you’re serving lobster and steak, then plastic plates and silverware would look out of place. However, for most affordable wedding menu items, plastic plates are going to work just fine.

Be sure to price check. Some caterers will include plastic plates in the total price of your dinner service but with an additional price for real dishes. Some prices I’ve seen online are an additional $5 per person!

Think about convenience. Make sure your disposable plates don’t bend easily. If your guests will be carrying the plates to their table, nothing is worse than a bending plate. Also, if you’re guests will need to cut their food with a knife, how will the plate hold up and will you be providing real knives that cut better than plastic knives?

Don’t stress the small stuff. If you’ve thought about the above-mentioned things, and plastic is your best option, then run with it! Most people aren’t going to care what their food is served on as long as it’s functional and convenient.

Plastic Wedding Dinnerware Examples

Here are some great options for plastic dinnerware that you can buy on Amazon. Not only do they look durable, but they also look elegant and classy. Almost better than the real thing!

If you want elegance and durability with a classy design on the rims, you could get plastic plates like these that look absolutely beautiful!

If you want to go plastic for everything, you could even get an entire set of tableware with the plates, flatware, and cups (even matching napkins). These sets come in many different color combinations including silver and rose gold.

If you want to keep things super simple and clean, these clear plates will go with any wedding theme. This is a perfect option and probably about the cheapest option for plastic wedding plates.

Maybe you want to go a little more unique with your dinnerware. You can get these square sets in different colors that will match your wedding theme! I love that these are available in various other colors!

If you’re looking for a more elegant and classy feel to your wedding reception dishes, these plastic plates will look perfect for the style you’re going for. You could use these for princess and royal style weddings!

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Hi, I’m Kristin. While I haven’t found my Prince Charming yet, I’ve been dreaming of getting married for a long long time. I started this site as a place to record all the things I’ve found and researched in preparation for my own wedding someday. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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