Are menus necessary or not?

posted 2 years ago in Food
  • poll: Do you think it's necessary to have a printed menu for dinner at the reception?
    Yes, every person should have a menu : (9 votes)
    24 %
    Yes, but you only need one menu per table : (17 votes)
    45 %
    Nope, keep them guessing! : (12 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    262 posts
    Helper bee

    i like menus because it kills the ability for people to just sit confused and ho * hum about what they want if there are options.  on each napkin will be a ard that is menu on one side, thank you on the other.  we’re using rack cards from vistaprint

    Post # 3
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    2398 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Monk6552:  If you are doing family style service I don’t think they are necessary, although I would have the food dishes labeled in some way… Maybe a single menu for the entire table if you are doing rounds? Or if long tables one menu each so many seats? Yu could always incorporate them into your centerpieces as well… 

    Post # 4
    Member
    2791 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    I think they look so cute sitting on the table setting. 

    I’m probably just going to print them on some cardstock (I just got a 50pack of various purples for $2 at michaels.) I will probably make it so that I can print 4 (or 6 or 8?) menus per sheet and then cut them out. (This is if i actually do them! It’s a great idea now but come spring I might get lazy! haha)  

    We’re having a buffet but I’m always wondering what’s for dinner when we sit down at a wedding. I don’t think I’ve ever actually been to a wedding with menu cards. 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  amberback.
    Post # 5
    Member
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    For a multi-course meal, I find them useful so I can identify what is being served at each course.  I’ve been to some receptions where I had no clue what the waiters were putting in front of us.  I think that 1 menu per table is fine for a family style meal.

    Post # 6
    Member
    430 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I listed the dinner menu on the wedding website but Im not placing them at the tables.  Its not like they can change it anyway! 

    Post # 7
    Member
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    If it were a plated meal where guests choose ahead of time I’d say no but with a family style meal it would be helpful to at least have one on each table.  If anyone has allergies it will save them from tracking down a server and asking what’s in the dish.

    Post # 8
    Hostess
    9907 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    For family style I think they’d be helpful.  We did a pre-selected entree and we had the choices listed on our wedding website in detail so people knew (Or had the ability to know) what they would be getting.

    One per table would probably be fine, I don’t think you need one per person.  You could also do a sign with the menu for the evening on it.

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    9907 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    (i’ve never been to a wedding with a menu – they’ve all been pre-selected entree, we all get the same, or it’s a buffet and the dishes were labelled)

    Post # 10
    Hostess
    10870 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Monk6552: I’ve now realised I didn’t do one – whoops! I suggest to do one per table.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I want to make a big chalkboard sign with out menu so guests can see it as they enter the reception area. Our cocktail hour and reception are at the same place so there won’t be a big line of people clogging the doorway trying to read it all at once. Maybe that would work for you

    Post # 12
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    360 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had stations and I wanted people to be able to know what their options were so they didn’t have to wander around and look at everything.  I thought it would make things go a little faster if Bob knew he wanted to make a beeline for the red meat and Judy thought create-your-own pasta sounded better.  We did one per table in a decorated picture frame and printed them ourselves on large index cards.

    In your case, I think one menu per table would be nice since there will be choices served.  But not necessary if it doesn’t work into your plans.

    Post # 14
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    3201 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Monk6552:  I don’t think they’re necessary, but rather a nice addition if you have it in the budget or have time to DIY. FI and I opted to do menus because we are having a buffet of various foods, so instead of having everyone congregate around the food, taking up time reading each item, we are going to have menus for them when they sit down. They can read it at the table, so when they go up to the buffet, they can already have an idea of what to expect and cut down on wait times. 

    Post # 15
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    5839 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Monk6552:  I put the menu in the program.

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