(Closed) Confused about menu signs

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: How do you do a menu sign for a sit down dinner?
    Don't do a menu sign : (18 votes)
    82 %
    Do a menu sign, just include all entree choices : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Do menus at every setting with their name and the choice they RSVP'd with : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    4370 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’d skip it – you don’t want the table to get cluttered with unnecessary things with the centerpiece, place settings, and such already taking up room.

    Post # 4
    2363 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

    Since you had all guests choose their entree already, what you could do is include one or two menus per table (cut down on costs!) that say something like this:




    Salad or Soup:


    Main Courses:


    Super Yummy

    Your head will explode from tastiness


    Prettiest cake you ever laid eyes on

    Ok obviously I was being kind of silly, but that’s because I don’t know your real menu 😉 I also don’t know if you’re going to have these additional things other than the entree. But this way you could have a really cute menu sign on the table (or two) and guests know what else will go with their meal?

    If you don’t have an appetizer or soup or salad course to go along with it, honestly I wouldn’t be worried about it. The only wedding I went to that had a menu sign, waiters came around and took our orders.

    Post # 5
    186 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’ve never been to a wedding where they had a menu sign when I’ve already selected my meal choice with my RSVP.

    Post # 6
    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Personally I wouldn’t do a menu sign. 

    However it you are going to do it then I would suggest that you only put on it what that person rsvp’d with.  I went to a wedding and they put it on paper that was the same type style as the wedding invitations.  Same size and design. But it does add a little extra clutter to the table.

    But just in case you haven’t thought of it already.  Have you thought about what you are going to do with people who rsvp’d back stating that they have an allergy or some sort of medical (like diabetes) that may limit what they can eat.  Have you thought about marking their seat on the table with some sort of colored paper so that the server is aware that they could possibly have a special meal or to be extra careful.  It doesn’t have to be very big at all.  Just a little food for thought.

    Post # 8
    1543 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    if they already picked then no. It gives the impression that they get to decide.

    Post # 9
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I wouldn’t list all the choices for each guest, as that could cause confusion with people who think they need to order or think they can change their mind. If you have 3 choices then print 3 different menus, inserting the guest’s name at the top (does double-duty as your place card) and the guest’s choice as the main (helps the staff to see who gets what).  You don’t need to spend a fortune getting them printed; buy some cardstock at Staples and print them at home using one of about a zillion free templates online.  Ask google how to do a “mail merge” in MS Word which should get you started merging your guest list with your menu list (so you don’t have to write up each single one).

    Post # 10
    4192 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I didn’t bother with this. Guests had two distinct choices on their RSVP cards (steak or crab cakes), and I gave the caterer a spread sheet with the table numbers and selections. The caterer had extra of both selections, since people sometimes forget what they ordered.

    I’ve been to at least two weddings that had menu signs, but I really don’t think it’s a necessary cost/use of time.

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