a little background: even though it is slightly more expensive, we have decided to go with compostable cups and plates (made from sugarcane) for the party instead of paper. we feel pretty good about our decision, and hope that it will be a good example for our guests--we'll have our green yard waste container set up nearby for them to toss their used dishes into. (i don't think our personal compost bin is large enough to accommodate all of the waste).
anyway. we're placing our order this weekend and haven't decided whether or not to order utensils. keep in mind that the invites have already gone out. so here are the questions:
should we ask people to bring their own silverware?
would your answer change if the invites hadn't already gone out, and we could have put a little note in there?
my vote, as you know, is for weird. i get that the one-time use factor sucks, but to me it's strange to ask guests to bring something to a party. but i'm totally open to other opinions.
we did buy our own silverware for 180 guests at our wedding, mainly because we didn't want to use disposables and rented china wasn't in the budget. we bought our own plates and glasses too. after the wedding we sold everything off to a sushi restaurant that was just starting up... hindsight is 20/20, as they say. we should have kept a little for ourselves!