(Closed) Is a written menu necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Definitely not necessary.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re not doing menus, but we are having a buffet style meal. I think the menus are a thing you can do if you want, but it’s not mandatory.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We’re not planning on having menu’s and we are doing a buffet style.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

A written menu for a seated meal is not neccessary.

We are having a buffet, so I will be making menus for each place setting. The reason behind this is so our guests will know what is at the buffet, so they can choose accordingly.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

We were in the same situation as you, plated meal with guests having made their selection on their RSVP card.  Although they weren’t necessary… we did do menu cards.  Our RSVP cards only listed the meat selection.. it didn’t say what the other courses were or what the sides were.  This way guests had a description of everything they would be served (so they could get excited about how yummy it would be!).  Also, that way if anyone had any allergies that we weren’t aware of they could let their servers know if they needed something removed from the plate.  Also.. they added some nice color and interest to the place settings.  Again, they aren’t necessary, but nice to have.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think menus are pretty common, but they’re certainly not necessary. We’re having a plated dinner as well but we only asked people to select chicken or steak, so we’ll be having menus with detailed descriptions of all of the courses.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re doing a buffet, but we’re still not doing menu cards. Our buffet is BBQ for crying out loud, so most people will be able to fumble their way through pulled pork and baked beans! 

I considered it for a bit because I think it looks nice, but in the end, our tables have enough stuff on them that a menu card would just get lost in the shuffle.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I did menus because it was something we I wanted. We are having a buffet style and I thought it would be nice so guests can think about what they want while they are waiting and they look pretty!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are printing one menu per table to framed in the center.  We only have one choice aside from a silent veg option, it’s more just a courtesy then anything else.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

We did not have menus and I’d be surprised if anyone noticed that!

Post # 14
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Honey bee

They are never required and countless people skip them. They serve no purpose at all with a served/plated meal, contrary to popular belief, as the guest has little to no choice and it is not a restaurant. On the same token, they are much more practical, again contrary to popular belief, at a buffet meal as they cut down on traffic and allow guests a heads up as to what is offered.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love the menu cards and always keep them, so we were definitely doing them even if we didn’t need to.  But they’re not necessary if guests already chose their meals.  At our wedding dinner, we had menus but the guests did not choose their entrees in advance.  Our at-home reception was family style and we did menus in case people wanted to know what they were eating.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

We are also having a plated dinner where guests select their entree in advance. If I get around to printing them, we will have simple menu cards, 2 per table just because they look nice, I already have the paper and I always forget what I’m eating at weddings when I had to order it in advance. It will also alert them to the dessert buffet which will be in another room so it sort of has a function (I don’t know that anyone will not notice a table of wedding cake and cookies, brownies, etc but just in case).

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