Post # 1
We are having 2 food choices, and 1 kids food choice. It is common around here to print the name of the individual with the meal they selected on a place card so that the servers know what food to place in front of each guest.
At first, I was just going to download a couple Word templates and print “tent” place cards that would have each name and their entree of choice on it. I’d have 3 different place cards (different colors), so that it would be easy to identify what each guest ordered.
Our RSVP asked to place each name next to entree, and I made the line to write really long in case more than one chose that. Some people have been great with this. However, some have come back with just numbers indicate the meals, and those that have more than 2 people listed – I’ll either have to contact them for specifics, or just guess on their food if I went this route.
Last night I was talking to my FMIL and she said that some people make an envelope for each couple/family/guest and then inside the envelope would be the food choices, and whoever picked what would just put that in front of them for when the meal is served. I have seen this too, but then got me thinking on how to go about that – and where the heck I would buy little envelopes – and could I still print out what I wanted originally?!
Sorry for the long explanation… but what did anyone who had the meal choice do for this?
Post # 2
I glued rhinestones in our wedding colors on the cards. Each color represented the food choice (we had 3) and I made a “cheat sheet” for the coordinator that she could give to the kitchen/staff.
Post # 3
We asked for people to put each guest’s initials next to their food choices. We still got some people who just wrote the number of each meal they’d prefer. I did have to call a few people to clarify, but not too many.
We used a color-coded system to indicate the meal choice on each place card.
Post # 4
IzzyBear: We asked for people to put initials, but like you ran into some people who just used numbers. In the case of 1/1 splits, I typically gave the steak to the male, and the chicken to the female. I know that’s a bit sterotypical, but that seemed to be how most people had ordered anyways. Everyone sat next to their spouse, so it would have been easy for them to just swap plates.
We colour coordinated the font on the place cards so it would be easy for the serving staff to tell – names in silver were steak, names in yellow were chicken.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn
I used coloured heart punches stuck on the corner of the name cards to signify the differences in menu – the name cards were silver tent folds with the names mounted on teal and navy. Then the hearts were: teal for veggie option, navy for mushroom allergy and purple for gluten/wheat intolerant.
Post # 6
Kacie209: I had a couple of people who didn’t specify but I took a guess and figured if I was wrong they’d be sitting together and could switch plates easily.
I colour coded my place cards. They were all Cream base, then a colour layer for their meal (Purple, silver, white or green) and then another cream with the name.
Post # 7
Just guess. We had guests that didn’t initial their choices (like we asked) so we just randomly assigned meals to the family based on the numbers and figured they would just switch.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
We asked for meal choices on RSVPs then I color coded the glitter tent card to the meal choice and going to give the coordinator/kitchen staff a copy of what color is for what choice.
I got the paper at Michaels using 50% off coupons each time and then used print your own business cards, put 2 on each and cut in half, put on black matte, then to the glitter tent. All are cut out and I’m applying to their color/meal choice as I get the RSVPs back.
Post # 9
Nice ideas everyone! My original thought was something like you guys had… and color coding the cards to indice the choice.I have found some cute tent cards on Etsy for a decent price that allows for customization… or may just use business cards and get crafty.
Our RSVP deadline is Spetember 19, so by then I’ll see if we have received more people who followed the directions of the card and wrote their names, or not – then see if my time is worth my money in what I do.
ykyegbride: That is what our assumption may be too… chicken = female, beef = male. If not, they can switch!
Some people may not even remember what they ordered anyway.
Post # 10
This is what we did for our response cards to avoid confusion. The only issue we had is when my sister sent hers back with two checked for her husband and nothing checked for herself. Other than that, people seemed follow the instructions.
I was planning on using tent cards and typing out the meal choice on the back side, but on second thought, maybe color coding would be quicker and easier for the servers to read…
Post # 11
Kacie209: That is such a weird assumption to make. People like what they like…does it really matter if they’re male or female?? Actually, I ordered the beef at our wedding and my husband ordered chicken, and now that I think about it they gave me the chicken and him the beef. Hmmph.
Anyway, we wrote on the back of the place cards whether the person ordered beef, chicken, or vegetarian, but we also gave the caterers a map with each entree marked off for each seat.