(Closed) If you don’t know which entree each person ordered…?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The wait staff probably has dealt with this before.  if its between 2 people they will just ask.  dont stress, they will handle it.  how are you presenting the information for this time them?

Post # 5
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

On the placecard/escort card you most likely will have both people on the card (ie. Mr & Mrs Smith), so use a colored star or small sticker of the back of each to designate the choice.  For example, if one chose chicken and one beef, put a yellow dot for chicken and a red for beef.  (These can be pretty inconspicous and will not take away from the escort card design.)  Then when the wait staff go to deliver the meals, they can see that the couple ordered chicken and beef and just ask who ordered what. 


Speak to your venue and ask them how they handle it.  I’ve been to weddings that have used the color coding method and at others the wait staff visits each table and asks what everyone ordered and makes note of who is sitting where and who ordered what.  Then they deliver as recorded.  Yes, some peole may not remember what they ordered or change their mind, but the venue typically makes 10% extra of everything anyway to accomodate for that.

Post # 6
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve been to a wedding past August and the bride had marked Chicken and Steak on the back of the placing cards with letters C and S.

Post # 7
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I bought colored dots and put them on the back of the place card. i.e. red steak, yellow chicken. pink fish, green veggie. I thought it looked better than the wording. I told the venue and they said it was perfect.

Post # 8
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The wait staff will ask each table “who had the fish” (for example). They will wheel out all the food and just give it to those who say they had what. Dont stress! It’ll be great!

Post # 9
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Start with your venue. It’s different for each place. A friend of mine said she just needed to get numbers to her caterer, my venue specified I would need place cards to indicate selection. Call your caterer/planner/venue now and see what they say.

Post # 10
1559 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

This is how I’ve seen it done: 

Say you offer beef or chicken. 

You get your reply cards, and you see which table each couple is seated at. 

Then you tell the wait staff “Table 10 has X number of beef, and X number of chicken” 

So then they bring it out, and they just ask everyone which they ordered. 

No names or stickers needed 🙂 

Post # 11
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We have the same issue (except that Fiance is Korean and 6 of his family members have the same name.  Men and women!  Figure THAT out!). 

We’re guessing on which guest ordered what.  Blue place cards for beef, silver for chicken, and a white for my silent vegetarian.  The wait staff will confirm choices before bringing food out so it won’t be a big deal. Besides, you’ve got a 50/50 shot of guessing right!

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