Spend your wedding budget on important things like a special wedding gown and dream honeymoon. Drop the posh dishware rental for some quality paper plates to improve your bottom line. Party and wedding suppliers provide sturdy, colourful plates for a percentage of the cost of traditional china. With paper plates, you will eliminate the need for transporting and returning expensive dishes.
Purchase contrasting plates to dress up the dinner tables. Choose a large plate in a dark colour to serve as a charger. Set a light-coloured plate on top as the dinner plate. Above the plate settings on the left, place a small cake plate in a bold colour. Colour examples are dark raspberry for the charger, shiny silver for the dinner plate and light pink for the dessert plate. Tie the tabletop design together with a floral centrepiece that combines those colours. Other good colour schemes include chocolate brown, light blue and dark blue. Some companies offer napkins that match the colours of the plates. Pick one napkin colour to tie the set together.
Order paper plates printed with the couple's last name initial. Pick a plate colour that matches the bride's wedding colours. Choose gold or silver as the monogram colour. Glue some of the monogrammed plates onto wooden skewers and tuck those into wedding centrepieces. Alternatively, print the couple's first names or a special message on the plates. Order a fancy calligraphy script or font that dresses up the plates. Ask for a fancy border like Greek blocks to be printed around the edge. Select plates that have a special shape, texture or embossing. Wedding ring plates or elegant rectangular plates create a one-of-a-kind table setting.
Pick oriental-style square plates if sushi is on the wedding menu. Add chopsticks to the place settings by laying them across the centre. For couples heading to an exotic honeymoon location, choose a theme relevant to the honeymoon. For example, couples heading for Paris would enjoy plates featuring the Eiffel Tower.
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