Disposable Dinner: A Viable Option for a Wedding?
The price of weddings and other festive events have been spiraling out of control lately, and many believe it’s time to scale back, in terms of food, décor, and accessories. A budget is not illegal, especially when you consider that the less you pay for the wedding, the more you’ll have for your nest egg. In addition, rare is the guest who will have less of a good time if there is one less type of sushi at the smorgasbord, roses instead of orchids in the centerpieces, or chicken instead of beef as an entrée. So, as we head into a more frugal era of wedding planning, the up-and-coming trend is disposable dinnerware. Before you bolt, understand that we’re not talking about the flimsy paper plates you’re used to seeing at picnics and barbecues; rather, we’re referring to gorgeous china-like disposables that will save you tons on rentals and will make a beautiful impression on your guests at the same time.
Affordable vs Pricey
Renting glasses, dinner plates, and flatware can get very pricey; rental agencies for this type of equipment charge per piece and, when you add it all up, you’ll be shocked at the potential outlay. By switching to disposable dinnerware – even if only partly (say, if you use real cutlery but opt for disposable cups and plates) – you’ll be saving a lot of money. And even if you go for top-of-the line disposable dinnerware, the prices won’t come near to what you’d be paying in rental fees.
Lighten the Mood with Disposable Dinnerware
Unless you’re aiming for super-posh and seriously lavish, a little laid-back fun can’t hurt. Stop thinking of disposable dishes in terms of “tacky” and start thinking of them as casual and informal, or formal but less intense; perhaps not the style your grandparents were envisioning, but more along the lines of your personality (and your budget). If the wedding of your dreams has an outdoor setting – a field, the beach, a garden – heavy, serious porcelain and glass dinnerware wouldn’t be appropriate anyway. Indoor weddings, as well, won’t suffer if you choose a more easy-going approach. So give yourself a break and go disposable for a lighter atmosphere and a less mundane approach.
Disposables Can Be Elegant
More and more people are realizing that disposables are the way to go, and are finding that today’s “paper” goods are beautiful to behold. If you’re aiming for classic, you’ll be amazed at the styles that will keep your guests second guessing as to what the dinnerware at your event is made of. Plastic plates have come a long way from the simple colored plates of yesteryear; now, you’ll find dinner plates that will leave guests saying to themselves, “These are definitely too nice to throw away,” and wondering why they didn’t think of it for their own affairs. Disposable wedding supplies have been upgraded to the point where they are viable options even for brides, caterers, and wedding planners who once believed it wasn’t possible.
A Big Selection of Wedding-Appropriate Disposables Awaits You
If this is the first time you’re exploring the notion of disposables at a wedding, you will be astonished – at the price, at the quality and, more than anything else, at the variety and assortment of disposable tableware that is appropriate for a fancy affair. Aside from a range of real-looking plates, you’ll find an array of disposable cutlery – forks, spoons, and knives – that look and feel like stainless-steel or silver flatware. Once you opt for disposables, the sky is the limit; you’ll find cups of every type, tablecloths, chair covers and centerpieces, all with the look you want and the price you crave.
No Need to Compromise
The bottom line is if you’re looking to cut corners, yet retain an elegant ambiance, disposable dinnerware that has the look of real china is an affordable option. The minute you make the decision to “go disposable,” you’ll find a big weight lifted from your shoulders and one less expense to worry about. With an extra dose of self-confidence (as in, “I don’t really care what Aunt Alice thinks…”) and the ability to brush off real or perceived judgment-laced looks, you can have a wedding that won’t break the bank but will be both memorable and awesome.