(Closed) Menus? Do I really need them?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

In a word – no – but I’m doing a buffet.  I can’t remember actually seeing them at any recent weddings I’ve been to either.  But when I think back – most of those were buffets too.  The couple seated dinners I’ve been to – I also have no recollection of seeing menu cards. So either no one did them – or I didn’t read them.  Seems kind of like the same thing right?

Post # 4
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2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Menu cards are every place are not necessary, but having at least one menu per table is a nice touch. The menu usually lists more details about the food than the RSVP did (for example, "Seared beef with a Cabernet glaze and shallots" vs. "Beef"), and some guests might have allergies to gluten/nuts/dairy/etc. These ingrediants might not be obvious on the plate and could cause someone to have a reaction. A menu also allows vegetarians/vegans to decide which parts of the meal are okay to eat.

Post # 5
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Menu cards are a nice-to-have, not a need-to-have.  People with allergies or food issues generally know that they have to take responsibility for their diet and ask a server what’s in the food if they’re not sure.  I wouldn’t worry about that too much.  If you’re short on either time or budget, then this is one thing that you can skip.  I do agree that it’s nice to provide at the table for guests if you’re able to though.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

As snmcdowell said, menus are "necessary" but they are a very nice touch. And yes, in this day of food allergies its also reassuring for guests.

We printed most stuff on our own and printed up menus. On the inside of the menus (booklets) we printed the lyrics to our song.

Post # 7
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105 posts
Blushing bee

Definitely not necessary! A nice touch if you have the time/money/effort left in you though, IMO.

 

But no one will say "I can’t believe they DIDN’T have menus"! 🙂 

Post # 8
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311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

You definitely don’t need them.  I personally think it’s a waste of paper to do menus at every table setting.  Plus, they don’t really help people with allergies who will still have to ask how food is prepared to make sure they are safe.  I’m a vegetarian and seeing the type of soup on a menu still doesn’t let me know if it was prepared with chicken or beef broth so I still have to ask.  One menu per table (possibly attached to the table number) can be nice, but is definitely not necessary.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Or if you have a website you can post it there…..

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