Post # 1
We’re getting married in Key West (destination wedding) and we’re doing a pig roast buffet. Yes, I said pig roast at a wedding!! They’re actually roasting the pig elsewhere and bringing the meat, etc. I wanted everything to have a Key West feel to it and be really festive, so we’re going with a luau theme.
I’m trying to think about the table decor… we’ll definitely have a centerpiece, but I’m not sure what else will make it “pretty/festive/etc”. I thought maybe menu cards which would/could also include the order of things going on for the evening (speeches, dances, etc.). But, since I’m doing a buffet, is this totally strange?
I should also note that we’re not doing favors. We’re having a wedding weekend, so the night before, there is a welcome party (which we are bringing food in for and having free beer/wine)… and obviously, open bar at the wedding, and every guest will have a welcome bag in their room upon arrival. I feel like that’s plenty.
Let me know what you think about the “menu” card at the table… or if you have any other creative decor suggestions that could take its place to help spruce things up. Drawing a blank…
Thanks a million!
Post # 3
What is your centerpiece?
Post # 4
If you’re doing a buffet, there is no need for menu cards at the table, as the buffet set up should have signs for each item. You’re in Key West! Isn’t that decoration enough?
What are your centerpieces?
Post # 5
We’re having a buffet too. I’m finding that buffets tend to be more the standard thing in the south and what I usually see done is like a menu card on the buffet (as opposed to each table) table or like place card sized cards with the menu item that it’s sitting in front of. That way everyone knows what they’re eating 🙂
Post # 6
@bride17458: Your wedding sounds like fun! I would consider your welcome bags favors. I think having a menu card would be fine. I am thinking about doing tent style.
Post # 7
We’re having a buffet, and I’m not planning on doing menu cards, since the buffet will have signs in front of each dish.
Post # 8
I am doing a buffet and doing menus because I want people to have an idea of what they want before they go up to speed up the process a little bit.
Post # 9
I put out a menu card on each table to give the guests an idea of what was to come. I wasn’t sure I could rely on the venue to have little labels…I don’t think they ended up having them either. I have no idea if people read them. I’d say they’re not 100% necessary but if you have time/want to do them, go for it!
Post # 10
@Ms. MoxieMonkey: Haven’t totally decided on the centerpieces yet, but since we’re in a garden setting (using the big garden space of a local bed and breakfast), I was going to make them myself. Maybe cylinders with submerged exotic flowers (fake) in them, with a floating candle at the top?
Not totally committed to centerpieces yet and ultimately would like to do something more fun than candles/flowers, just don’t know what I can do within my budget. Still thinking that one over.
Sounds like menu cards aren’t really necessary for the buffet, but still feel like the table should have more on it than just a plate/napkin or whatever. I don’t want it to feel too bare… any other alternatives?
Post # 11
We had menu cards on each table as well. (For buffet) This makes the buffet line move MUCH faster, as people already know ahead of time what foods will be served!
Post # 12
what about 1 per table? That way people can look at the food choices before they walk up the the buffet? 1 per table encourages interaction between table guests!
Post # 13
I love me a pig-roast!
actually, your reception sounds a lot like mine–buffett, no centerpieces, no favors, and…
Menu cards! We’re doing them. Not because you need them, just because I like them. Sure, you don’t *need* them, but if you want them, I (obviously) don’t think it’s weird and I think that your guests will appreciate them.
We’re having long banquet tables, and the menu cards, along with some pastry baskets (it’s a brunch) and champagne/wine bottles, will be the “centerpieces.”
Post # 14
Hmm… okay, then! I guess there is no harm in having them on the table. Like many of you said, at least people will know what’s up there before they actually get up there.
Post # 15
@bride17458: Thank you for posting this. I did not even think of menu cards…duh!
I think I will do the same as you and others. I may print menu cards for each table or guest so that they will have an idea of the food by the time they get to the buffet.
Thanks again for the reminder!
Post # 16
Im having a buffet. We ARE using menus on each place setting, just because it look so damn good… LOL