RSVP Card Menu Choices – help me!!

posted 3 years ago in Paper
  • poll: How should I word the menu choices?
    salmon, beef, chicken, vegetarian (link to website for full menu descriptions) : (15 votes)
    44 %
    fish, beef, chicken, vegetarian : (8 votes)
    24 %
    Full menu descriptions (for example: vegetarian paella, chicken in white wine sauce, etc.) : (11 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Go simple for RSVP cards (salmon, beef, chicken, vegetarian) and then more detailed with the Menu cards at your recpetion.  I say to print salmon rather than fish because some people really like salmon while others (like myself) dislike it intensely.

    Post # 4
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    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I like menu cards with the full description (but that’s because I’m picky-and knowing the sauce on something is important) that’s what we plan to do for ours.  I know it takes up quite a bit of space, but I figure what else is going to go on the RSVP card other than the name(s) of the guest(s).

    Post # 5
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    215 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    This is coming from a picky eater – I really like to know if a food that I enjoy is going to be covered in a sauce that will ruin it for me. If you are working with limited space, I would say a web site link is enough.

    Post # 6
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    The simpler the better.  That way, you didn’t “mislead” ppl if you end up needing to change it.  Yes, some ppl might change which generic/simple option they’d pick if they knew what sides came with chicken vs. beef or knew which preparation.  But it looks worse if you give them an actual description of every item, they request it, then you (or caterer) end up needing to change the preparation or sides, etc.  Don’t get your guests used to being able to request to switch sides or other nitpicky stuff that you don’t want to be dealing with on your wedding day.

    Post # 8
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    6505 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I like knowing exactly what I’m going to get. For example: if the chicken comes with green beans and the beef comes with corn I will probably go with the beef. I also like to know how it’s prepared because that also affects my decision. I really dislike picking when it just says chicken or beef. Maybe you could do a separate insert? Doesn’t have to be fancy- just a piece of paper describing each meal.

    Post # 9
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @kat912:  I was thinking an alternative could be to list out “salmon, beef, chicken, vegetarian” and then in smaller letters, on the bottom of the card put “*for full menu descriptions visit (www.our website)”

    I like this idea so the RSVP cards don’t look cluttered.

    Post # 10
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    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I VOTED for option # 1

    I was  thinking an alternative could be to list out “salmon, beef, chicken, vegetarian”  and then in smaller letters, on the bottom of the card put “*for full menu  descriptions visit (www.our website)”

    Absolutely… best of both worlds !!

    And great that your Guests can see the full menu options on line before they actually choose.

     

    Post # 11
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    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @kat912:  I did the first option for mine, was very simple on the reply cards had a little blurb on the bottom that said Full meal descriptions on http://www.whateverthewebsiteis.com. People did go to the website or just called to ask.

    Post # 13
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    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    PS… Lots of Brides worry about how to introduce their Website address tactfully… this is certainly one way to do it.  Those who check to see what is on the Menu (people LOVE food) will naturally then be able to see the rest of the things you have up there that don’t need to be part of your Invitation Suite (space saver)

     

    Post # 14
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    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I don’t think it really matters what you do so long as it’s clear.  We definitely didn’t give full menu descriptions, on the website or anywhere else.  We had printed menus at the reception hall, so when they sat down they could read a nice printed menu.  But that was more for aesthetics and being formal than anything else.  We just asked them to RSVP chicken, beef, or vegetarian and then left a blank space for dietary restrictions/allergies.

    Post # 15
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    5421 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @kat912:  We’re going with a full description, as I think that in some cases, the side dishes/accompaniments will influence people’s selections. We also have 4 pescatarians including myself, who will go with either the vegetarian choice or the salmon; I think it’s important for us to be specific so they can make an informed choice, as vegetarian options can differ massively.

    If the sides/accompaniments are the same for each dish however, I see no need to do that (eg sometimes people in the UK have a roast dinner, with different meat options; so, no need to list the sides for each option.

    Post # 16
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    364 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @kat912:  We had a similar issue with our RSVP’s.  We did not invite children, and wanted to make it VERY clear exactly who was invited, so we also had a lot of data to fit on one page.  What we ended up doing was making a two sided RSVP, with the menu options with descriptions on the back.  Then on the front where people made the selection we just had a comment that the choices were on the back.  It worked really well!

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