(Closed) Menu card for buffet dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Do I need a menu card for buffet dinner?
    Yes, one for every table setting : (10 votes)
    30 %
    Yes, place a small card in front of each food item on the buffet : (21 votes)
    64 %
    No, the food speaks for itself on a buffet : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    You don’t have to have one, but it is nice to have one, so the guests know what to expect when they get up to the buffet. Some weddings just have a menu posted at the head of the buffet and others do menus. We are having a buffet and will be doing menus for each guest. That way our guests can pick out what they want before they get up to the buffet.

    Post # 4
    330 posts
    Helper bee

    I agree with noritake22 you probably don’t need to have one, but I would probably be nice to have one at every table just so people know what their options are. It may help the line go quiker.

    Post # 5
    1115 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We had a buffet and I made menu cards for each table, rather than for each place setting. 

    I think I put two cards on each table.

    Post # 6
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It adds a really nice visual touch, and lets people know what’s going to be served before they get up there. That can help speed things up if you have lots of choices or if you are having a larger wedding! We did it at our wedding and it added a much needed pop of color 🙂

    Post # 7
    45 posts
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Off topic–What are you serving?! I am tired of getting quotes from caterers that are $50 per person but very little food is being served (no one would get full, and then we would have to limit alcohol! lol)

    Post # 9
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I did menus for each person at their place setting. I did it because I thought it would be nice & speed up the line but they are deff not a must

    Post # 10
    1995 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    One thing I learned at my wedding – you don’t need a sign for every little thing!  People will figure out what chicken, a guest book and a bathroom look like!  Not that it’s not super cute but just don’t feel pressured!

    Post # 11
    9 posts
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Er, can I vote for option 1 AND 2?

    I don’t think menus are essential, but they are a nice touch. At a minimum a label on the serving dish is always a good idea, particularly if you have guests with allergies, dietary restrictions etc. Our banquet manager advised marking which dishes are vegetarian (or not) if you have guests that are sensitive to things like meat broth in soups and so on.

    I personally like a menu on the table too, just so I know what food is coming & can pace myself accordingly. I was at a reception recently where they served a very traditional Italian meal with pasta, meat, then salad course & dessert. The pasta & desserts were served buffet style (the pasta was made to order at a live station where you could pick your sauce etc.), meat & salad was family style, but it was really tempting & easy to overdo the pasta if you didn’t know what was coming later.

    Post # 12
    1569 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    Our caterer designed (in our colors – it really matched our invitations well, I was pleasantly surprised given that they didn’t show it to us beforehand) one menu that was on display at the beginning of the buffet. I doubt anyone had trouble distinguishing what was what, so I think that was effective enough to convey to people what was being offered. I don’t think a buffet requires that people receive individual menus. I am glad they did it though, I would have been sad if people had no way of reading what fantastic things they were eating, and the local and organic/sustainable sources.

    Post # 13
    1518 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I would rather have the sign by each item.. so when i walk up i know what it is in front of me. 

    Post # 14
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    Menu cards are much more practical for a buffet than for a plated dinner. Guests are able to read over the menu when they sit down and then have an idea of what they want and what to skip for any reason in order to make the lines go quicker without traffic jams.

    A sign in front of each item on the buffet table should be done in addition as many foods are not recognizeable on sight.

    Post # 15
    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    This was one of the DIYs I had near the bottom of the list.  I wanted them, but really didn’t need them.  I ended up making them.

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