Menu?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: To Menu or Not To Menu - That is the Question
    Menus are expensive and nobody will notice their absence. : (38 votes)
    81 %
    You need Nice Menus to complement your Ball Room reception - don't be a cheapo : (9 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Starling13:  I did menus, but only because I had materials left over from making my invites.  I DIY’d all of my printed items though (buffet items signs, programs, invites, escort cards, guestbooks, etc).  I’m not sure if I would’ve actually spent money to print menus or ceremony programs to be honest.

    Post # 5
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    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    these are my menus. I wanted something for them but didn’t want to go overboard. I’m sure a lot of people would bash them but I like them.

    Post # 8
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    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Starling13:  Thanks! FI wanted to just put one one each table (we’re doing buffet) but I told him we weren’t so doing that. We’re just alternating each place setting with the different menu. I’ve seen some people who incorporate the menu with the table number all in one thing. 

    Post # 9
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    8425 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Starling13:  Oh also, I did a buffet, so if I didn’t have menus my tables would look pretty bare. 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I like menus because people like to know what they’re eating. Even if they picked out the entree on the RSVP card, they’re still missing other stuff (e.g. salad, dessert).

    I totally get the wastefulness of it all though. We did a mirror that we wrote on and then displayed it by the entrance so people can read it during cocktail hour and before they come in. We still have the mirror and we’re either going to display it or sell it (but it’s definitely less wasteful than paper menus).

    Another option is to do a framed menu and leave it by the escort cards. When people pick up their escort cards, they can read it then. You can either reuse the frame in your house, gift it or sell it after.

    Post # 11
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    6273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    nobody will notice if they are not there.

    however, you cam print them yourselves.  buy a little thicker stock paper.  then print on your home or work printer.

    do you have a paper cutter?  do you have any friends that scrapbook?  if you have scrapbook friends, ask to borrow their paper cutters.  you can make rounded corners very easily.

     

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Starling13:  ive been to a wedding with menues on the table. i never even looked at them ; ) dont waste your $$ no one will miss them. all ppl want to do is eat and drink.

    Post # 13
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    592 posts
    Busy bee

    @Starling13:  I did not vote because my answer is somewhere in between.  I do think that fancy menu is a waste of money.  Even on VistaPrint they would still come out to be like a dollar each and I just did not think it was worth it.  But I do think that having a menu is nice.  So I DIY mine at home.  I got pretty looking paper from Staples (nothing expensive) and print using my good old inkjet printer.  I rolled them up and used a keychain (which doubled as my favors) to hold it in place, but I could have just used a ribbon or something.  Not a great picture but you get the idea:

    Post # 14
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    11722 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I did menus because my meal options on the response cards were just generic “beef,” “chicken,” or “vegetarian.”  The menu spelled out specifically what the meal was. 

    You could opt to do one or two menus per table and frame them in the center if you don’t want to do one at ever place setting!

    Post # 15
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    7664 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    We printed out a very extensive program for our wedding, which was necessary because we were having a quite long church ceremony. We simply added the menus in the back of the program, along with a load of word games and a few other bits and bobs.

    Post # 16
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @Starling13:  The UPS store chrged me 6 cents for a basic print out.  Print two per page on nicer paper and they should still be 20 cents or less per page (10 cents or less per menu.)

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