Tossing Out the Silverware

I am all about ditching elements that might make our wedding and reception have too formal of a feel. Formal Dinner? Nope! Champagne toast? Not on your life. Escort cards and assigned seating? No way. (I shed a little tear on that one because of the great DIY ideas swimming in my head) Silverware?

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Hummmm”¦ Silverware. I never really gave it much thought until we received our first quote from our catering company. I was skimming down the itemized list when my eyes saw that 350 forks would cost us just over $150. My ears perked up”¦ really? I instantly began a conversation with myself.

“We really only need forks for our tapas style reception.”

“People are going to be mingling while they eat”

“Are they going to carry around a heavy fork?”

“Is silverware consistent with our vibe?”

“What’s less formal than silverware? Plastic?”

“Not very earth friendly, Pretzel.”

“What about wood?”

“Wood!”*

Eureka! My fingers flew to the keyboard and I google-ed “Budget Savvy Bride Wooden Utensils”. I remembered that Jessica of TBSB used eco-friendly wooden cutlery at her reception. Jackpot! Ecoware Biodegradables makes birch cutlery that is 100% biodegradable. Plus, they are cute as all get out. See for yourself.

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My only hesitation was that the Budget Savvy Bride said that you had to buy a 1000 piece case”¦ whoa”¦ that’s a lot more than the 350 pieces that I needed. But the cost, roughly $40 for 1000 was less than a third the price of silverware. I also wasn’t sure that our catering company would be cool with us providing our own wooden cutlery. At our next meeting with City Catering I brought up the idea. I was happy that Rebecca reacted very positively to our idea. She agreed that the wood forks would be a better fit for our vibe than formal silverware.

I resigned myself to posting the remaining 600 or so forks from the case on Craigslist but when I went to place the order I was pleased to find out that Ecoware had started selling the utensils in packs of 25 and 100. I ordered 325 (better safe than sorry) forks and 25 spoons (for coffee) for- get this”¦ wait”¦ wait”¦

A WHOOPPING $45.58 including shipping!

Holy Matrimony!- that’s a savings of over $100! Let’s break this down:

Silverware- $157.50 / 350 pieces = $0.45 per piece

Ecoware- 45.58 / 350 pieces = 0.13 per piece

Hummm”¦ I really don’t have to put much thought into this do I? I promptly submitted my order. A week later we had our wooden forks in hand. *Sigh* They are better in real life. We really liked the look and feel of the forks. They have a modern shape and they feel warm in your hands. The warmth of wood is the reason I prefer bamboo knitting needles to metal or plastic ones and these forks feel heavenly.

Would you consider using disposable cutlery to cut costs?

* You know you talk to yourself too—just admit it!

BLOGGER

Mrs. Pretzel

Location:
Seattle
Wedding Date:
July 2010

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    jessicanne 12 posts, Newbee @ 8:06 pm

    That’s awesome. I am definitely going to keep this in mind. Thanks :)

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    Desi, Guest @ 8:33 pm

    Just sent them an inquiry! Thanks for the tip!

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    pudding 1183 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:21 pm

    I love those! They seem to match the vision of your wedding perfectly!

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:21 am

    Those are so, so cute!!! I love how wood utensils feel in one’s hand- so cozy and like you said, warm. I hadn’t even considered this as an option, hmmm…

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    Mrs. Mouse 4720 posts, Honey bee @ 1:42 am

    That’s super cool. They will be so cute!!

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    sapphirebride 1748 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:25 am

    Such a great idea!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 1:23 pm

    What an amazing idea!

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    Eric Peters, Guest @ 5:32 pm

    These are great – no doubt – as another alternative that you can still feel good about is our products at Transitions2Earth. Yes they are plastic – but with the EcoPure additive which makes them 100% biodegradable in a landfill. We also supply catering utensils – salad tongs, serving forks and spoons, etc. And all 100% biodegradable. Super strong and looks great – elegant black – give them a try and they are also VERY cost effective.
    http://www.superbiodegradablecutlery.com

    Thanks!

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    April, Guest @ 12:26 am

    I was just about to order mine. I’m so glad you were pleased wi th yours. Thanks for posting.

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:42 pm

    GREAT idea, and I’m glad you’re so happy with the purchase! I definitely think you made the right decision on that one, and I’m glad it all worked out!!!

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    Gocco My Fork? | Weddingbee, Guest @ 5:28 pm

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    Putting the cart before the forks. « When Two Hearts Collide, Guest @ 6:05 pm

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    lar, Guest @ 10:54 pm

    Zomg these sound perfect!!! We’re having a casual noodle filled wedding and these seem like they would be amazing. Now…if only I could find affordable wood plates to go w/….

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    SandAareEngaged 111 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:26 am

    That is so much cheaper than other websites ive looked at!!!!
    I am also planning on buying these because they also fit perfectly with our theme!!!

    THANKS!!

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    Rosaliz 9 posts, Newbee @ 12:33 pm

    I tested our sample out at our caterers, which included veggies, pastries, grilled meat, pretty much a bit of everything, and they worked like a charm. I didn’t notice the popsicle taste at all once there was food on them. The knife cut easily through the meat, though I have to admit the meat was wonderfully cooked and tender. My only complaint is by the end my fork had flattened. I plan on ordering them!

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 10:34 am

    I’ve loved this idea fir a while and i’m glad to hear so much conversation about them (ok read) it’s helping me feel comfortable that everyone else will be pleased with my choice.

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    Milissa, Guest @ 7:38 pm

    I am using the same. I knew that I didn’t want regular because they would have to be washed. We are DIY most of our wedding including the food (with my catering friend).

    They are disposable and more earth friendly.

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