Post # 1
I’m pretty clueless about this part.. If it’s a seated/served dinner, it wouldn’t require a menu at each place setting because you would have had to ask their preference on the wedding invitation and to be included in the RSVP card, right?
So does that mean the menu at each place setting is for the buffet options? It’s not very clear to me.. Someone help?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Usually the rsvp is to give the caterer a general idea of how many of each option will be needed, but guests will still place their order at the table.
Post # 4
If you are choosing what the guests will eat, then you could have a menu to explain what each thing will be. For example, my friend had chosen some appetizers and entrees for her reception. She put together a menu with each item listed so we would know what was what when it was delivered to the table. At my cousin’s wedding, there was a menu so we would know what each course was.
Are you having a plated dinner or a buffet?
Post # 5
I guess it depends on how you handle your menu choices. At my cousin’s wedding, we did not select our choice on the RSVP card but at the actual wedding. I think we had a choice of appetizer, salad, main, and dessert. So there was a menu at each place setting. If you have your guests select their entree on the RSVP and none of the other courses have a choice, I don’t think you need menus.
Post # 6
@peachacid: I am having a buffet.. Would it the stupid to have a menu?
Post # 7
@alotlikelove: I think it would make more sense just to have the information with the food.
We did menus, but it was because the venue did them for us for free and we had a plated (non-choice) meal.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
If you’re having a buffet, you don’t need menus at each place setting. But each item on your buffet should be labeled with a small sign, unless the buffet will be attended by waitstaff. In that case, you don’t need anything bc the servers will ask your guests what they want before they put it on their plates.
Post # 9
We’re doing family style dinner. However, we’re I had extra space on some of the paper I ordered for my invites, and used it to print out menus. It should be cute. 🙂
Post # 10
@alotlikelove: I am having a plated dinner. guests chose their entree on the RSVP and FI and I chose the salad, vegetable and starch. I am not doing a menu card at the table. My venue required me to fill out a seated menu chart basically I listed who was seated at each table and what their main course choice was. My guests will pick up their escort cards and place them on their designated table. During dinner time, the servers will have the menu chart to reference who gets what. hope this helps:)
Post # 11
I think it’s just to 1) give more details and 2) look nice on the table.
Assuming you sent our your options as “chicken” or “beef” the menu is the place to describe that it’s actually “grass-fed organic roast beef, served with a side of seasonal vegetables and yorkshire puddings” or whatever the case may be, as well as potentially listing the other courses.
I had a buffet and did up a menu just to look pretty, and give a little heads up to what would be available. I always like to know if I should load up on bread, or if there’s something amazing coming up down the line.
Post # 12
@alotlikelove: If you like the way menus look, and want menus, then have menus! If you don’t, don’t worry about it. A description of the food next to the food itself is a must, though.
Post # 13
Menus are not necessary, they are an extra.
As a pp has said, for a buffet, have the dishes labelled on the serving table.
A nice touch is to place the menu at the start of the buffet, so people don’t have to scope out the full length of the buffet before they decide what /how much to serve themselves.
Post # 14
@alotlikelove: I have never seen a menu at each seat at a wedding.
Post # 15
@alotlikelove: I have been to weddings where certain guests with dietary restrictions won’t touch various courses because they don’t know what they are. For example, a creamy soup – is it vegetarian friendly, or not? Does it have pork in it? Yogurt? Dairy?
Most of the time, you pick an entree on an RSVP card but not necessarily all the other courses.
Post # 16
at menu at each place setting is a collosal waste of paper.