Frugal Bride Part 2: Table service

August 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

My fiancee and I are in the process of planning a wedding.  Right now we are estimating that 450 of the 700 guests we are inviting will be able to attend.  With that many people, using china and fine silver is completely out of our budget.  We want our reception to look nice, but we cant go broke in the process.

I went online to look at disposable options for dinnerware.  I didn’t want the red SOLO cups & plates, or even paper plates and cups.  I knew there had to be something out there that looked presentable, but would still be at a reasonable price.  Disposable products are not the most eco-friendly :(; however, I also know that my friends & family that have so graciously volunteered to cleanup the reception for us don’t want to stay at the church all night long washing dishes.  If we make it so that they can just trash almost everything at the end of the night it will make their jobs much easier.

For the flatware, we went with Reflections silver plastic forks from a catering supplier called Instawares.  If you have never used these before, they are wonderful!  These forks definitely look like real metal silverware – definitely a step up from the white or even clear plastic silverware.   I was also really happy with my purchase from Instawares.  It was a breeze to find what I wanted, checkout was easy, my credit card was charged correctly, and shipping was very fast even for the cheapest shipping option available.  I will definitely be using them in the future if I have a large party to plan!

Tablecloths, napkins, glasses, and plates were all ordered through Oriental Trading Company.  I had searched several online retailers to find the best prices on these items, going so far as to calculate the per-unit price for each item.  After looking for awhile, I decided to order through Oriental Trading since they had all the items I wanted at a very low price.  I was going to just place one order with all items in it until I started searching for a coupon code (*note: you should always google coupon codes when shopping online!).  I found a code that gave $20/$69 order + free shipping!  I was able to break my order down into 7 smaller orders and used this coupon code each time.  It took a few minutes more, but $20 off of each order + $11 in shipping saved me $217.  That was definitely worth my time to place the extra orders.

All-in-all, the table service for 450 people has cost me just slightly over $400.


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