Post # 1
We are having an option of chicken, fish or vegetarian for the dinner entree and the caterer wants us to indicate which entree the guest chose using the escort cards. So, my question is…how do I know?
What is the “proper” wording on the response card to ask for the guest to indicate who chose which entree? I’ve only seen response cards where you just check off which one you’d like. If there is one person who chooses fish and the other chooses chicken, how do you know who chose which entree?
Post # 3
@Eca813: I think asking them to initial their choice would work.
ETA: I would just have the three choices, and underneath text that says
Please place each guests inital beside their meal choice
Post # 4
Thanks! I was racking my brain trying to think of something….duh! 🙂
Post # 5
I have to do this (highly annoying). We’re having two entrees and I’m going to tie different colored ribbons on each escort card to indicate each persons meal selection. I have 0 idea for how to paste a portion of a pdf onto here (Edit : It worked!)
Post # 6
I had the exact same question….this is very helpful! Thanks bees!
Post # 7
For the guests: I instructed them to write their first name next to their entree selection – about 80% did. For the rest, I just guessed and figured they could swap plates with their date/spouse/SO, if I guessed wrong!
For the caterer: on the escort cards, I had 3 different colored mini flowers (bought at Michael’s) I hot glue gunned on the cards – each color stood for a different entree. You can really do anything – stickers, stamps, different colored cards, etc. – I’ve seen little fish/poultry/meat stamps or cut out stampers you could use on the back. Most people know to turn their card around, so the servers know which entree to serve….
Post # 8
@ LGenz – I like that idea also! Your response cards are very pretty!
Thanks Bees! I knew everyone would have great ideas!
Post # 9
I told guests to initial their choices on the reply card. Only one couple who ordered different meals actually read the instructions and did it correctly, though! Everyone else just put checks next to what they wanted, without indicating who the check was for. I had to end up asking a few people who in their party was getting what. I did think that if I could not figure it out for every couple, it should not matter that much because the couple would be sitting next to each other anyway. So if I had put steak on Betty’s escort card and fish on Joe’s, when really Betty wanted fish and Joe steak, they could switch easily.
I’ve seen reply cards for other weddings I went to that had lines for each guests name and then a set of check boxes under each line for each guest to indicate what meal they wanted. The card maybe had 2 or 3 lines, and instructed guests to continue writing on the back of the card if they didn’t have enough room on the front. That was a much clearer way of doing it. My friend who did that made her own invites, though, and there wasn’t enough space to do it that way on the size of cards our invitation designer used.
Post # 10
I plan on doing something similar to this: