Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cutting Wedding Costs: Flatware and Plates

Despite my best efforts, it is incredibly hard to find ways to pare down the budget for our wedding: Many things simply cost what they cost, like a tent, rental tables and chairs, the church fee, etc. So, I'm trying to find creative places where we can cut back.

I'm debating opting for disposable bamboo flatware and plates for the meal. Renting plates costs only $0.75/plate and buying the bamboo ones is about $0.70, so we wouldn't save a huge amount there, but the flatware is $80 for all the forks and knives we would need. Whereas these Greenware disposable forks and knives are only $6.49/100. What do you think, would they be acceptable for a wedding?

7 comments:

Tim Fenton said...

Go with the bamboo

Laura Fenton said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Dad!

Anonymous said...

If your wedding is informal, and the venue is outdoors, and the food is tender enough to cut with bamboo, then why not?

Elizabeth said...

I think go for the "real" plates the wooden flatware would look pretty against the white napkins and plates. In the fine print it says they're birch - does that make a difference to you? However, if you need spoons too and need to get several packs for dessert, etc. does it all add up to close to $80?
But looks-wise could be very pretty!

Laura Fenton said...

I don't think we'll need spoons (heck, we might not even need knives!), and I agree a combo of the real plate and the wood flatware could be nice.

Liz Fenton said...

Well, I think the Costco ones are ok--most people eat tacos with their hands, and nothing should need cutting. Go with the bamboo!

Anonymous said...

Hi, it's Kristine H., fellow writer from AOL/Shelterpop! I say go with the bamboo. It's different but still fun, not to mention LOTS cheaper.

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