(Closed) If you’re doing a buffet, do you need a menu?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1108 posts
Bumble bee

I would, just so people know what they’re getting into.  I’m fine with buffets, but it’s bothersome when I go up, get a plate, and lo and behold, it’s stuff I don’t eat.  So I take a cookie or three and get weird looks.  

Also, in case someone is allergic to something, they might want to know what is there. I’m sure you’ll have everything labelled, but better to know before you go up.

(I’m sure this makes me sound like I’m one of those people who frowns at everything because it’s not free-range/hyper-organic/blessed-by-a-ordained-baby-seal or have an immature palate, but really it’s more other issues, and there’s a wide range of “normal” foods that I prefer to not eat.)

Post # 4
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think menus are necessary personally but we are doing them because it’s a cheap and easy way to dress up the tables

Post # 5
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Burgers? Pasta?

Just point me to the plates, I can take it from there.

Post # 6
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have never been to a wedding where menus were provided. However we are having a buffet and providing them for the same reason as before …it helps add to the tablescape.

Post # 7
46609 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you have the time, space, energy, and/or budget, it’s nice to place a menu at the beginning of the buffet. I always like to check out what’s included in the buffet before I decide what to put on my plate.

Post # 8
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I don’t think you have to have them, but it might speed up the line a litle bit since people know what is up there and know what they want.

Post # 9
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You’ll be great either way!  I’ve never been to a buffet wedding with a menu. Seeing is more appetizing than words, in my opinion. 

Post # 10
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Definitely include a menu. Even if it’s just one big chalkboard or something listing everything. 

Post # 11
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@julies1949:  Thanks for the photo.  I totally just snagged that for my inspiration folder!

OP, I bet some people would appreciate it, but most people probably won’t think twice about it, and I doubt anyone would leave the party saying “I cannot believe she didn’t have a menu!”  Nice if you can swing it, not bad if you can’t.

Post # 12
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had a buffet and it didn’t even cross my mind to have a menu. I had simple, down home kinds of food that everyone was already familiar with tho. A chalkboard menu would have been a very nice addition.

Post # 13
3569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I actually think it’s a good idea for larger buffets, but it seems your food is going to be simple and straight forward so I would only add it if it is going to be a design element

Post # 14
4485 posts
Honey bee

I definitely would. Menus are much more practical at buffets (they serve no purpose at a plated meal) because they allow guests to see what is available while they are sitting down waiting to go up to fill their plate. This way, the lines go much quicker since folks know what to avoid and what to take. Also, the platters on the food table should be labelled if at all possible, especially if there is anything that is not easily identifiable just by looking at it.

Post # 15
8682 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think the chalkboard type thing is a good idea or a little sign at each station. Just so guests can identify what it is- as in so they don’t mix up the tofurky burger with the turkey burger etc. We went to a buffet wedding that didn’t have a sign and were the rude guests sniffing and trying to identify what was in each chaffing dish (I am vegetarian and husband is vegan). It was curries and such so it was tough to work out!

Post # 16
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am having menu cards at each place setting to add to the decor and dress the tables up some more.  Plus it will be a nice keepsake for me.  

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