Post # 1
Since planning this wedding, I have always wanted just to do a seating chart where people would find their name and get to their table with no specific seating assignment at the table.
my question is, if i go that route, and say someone at the table is vegan, how do I make sure the vegan meal is delivered to the right person at that table? Is it the norm that the server just asks who is belongs to or what? I have a few vegans coming to the wedding and I don’t want them to feel uncomfortable if the server puts a chicken breast meal at their place setting Cause the don’t know who it belongs to. I also want to avoid escort cards and place setting cards too.
Post # 3
In my experience there are usually escort cards with a specific symbol on them that indicates the vegetarian meal. I suppose you could just put something at the table…but I would think the servers might be annoyed/slowed down by having to ask who it’s for every time.
Post # 4
@brooke25: as a guest who needed to get rsvps for my family AND meal orders, I was very offended when I had to re-give my order to rude waitstaff at the wedding.
I thought it was obnoxious that I had to chase people and orders down for the bride, when that information wasn’t used at the wedding. It was a waste of my time before the wedding durung a busy time at work and I was uncomfortable at the wedding because I couldn’t remember my meal.
Post # 5
Most of the venues we looked at required us to have an escort card so that they would have an indicator of who received what meal. I’m not sure what else you can do outside of asking the venue if the waiters will come around before they start serving and asks who gets the vegan meal.
Post # 6
We had a seating chart that didn’t assign specific seats, just tables. But this still allowed waitstaff to be aware of all the dietary concerns at each table (we gave them a list ahead of time and said Table 1 – 6 meat, 2 veg, Table 2 – 7 meat, 1 kid, etc.). We had a pretty casual family style meal so everyone was able to serve themselves after waiters described each dish and noted if it was vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free. In your case, the waiters can just present each meal choice and ask the guests to let them know which one they prefer when the food comes out.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. That’s why I asked for what is best. I really want to avoid awkward or unpleasant situations wHen it comes to catering. I definitely have something yo go on now. 🙂