Menu cards – necessary?

posted 1 year ago in Paper
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Idk, I thought menu cards were for plated dinners? We had a buffet dinner and had no menu cards. The food was all pretty recognizable.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Absolutely not necessary for either a plated dinner or buffet.  People will figure things out.  The only thing I would make sure of is anything that might have allergens in it are noted.  

I’m having a plated dinner, and all my guests know is stuffed chicken or prime rib.  I don’t see the point in having a “menu” when they’ve already made their choices and the sides are the same for every dish.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

akshali2000 : Do you plan on having the food at the buffet labeled? If you label the items “Curried Vegetables,” “Tofu Tikka Masala,”etc, then I don’t think you need to have menus at the tables. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

akshali2000 :  Honestly, if things do get shuffled, if only about 10 people out of 300 are not familiar with the food, I’m sure those 10 people can ask other guests n the buffet line for assistance. Or if you want to put one menu in big print on a stand at the begining of the buffet by the plates or something that could be a different way to approach it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I don’t really see the point of menu cards unless you are letting them chose a specific meal the day of. I would just make sure all of the food is labeled at the buffet. Maybe also mark which foods are spicy (for all of us wimps out there.) Will there be people serving the food? If so, they should be able to answer questions people who aren’t familiar with the food have right? Or you could maybe put a few menus near the buffet or do a large menu (like a chalkboard) right by the buffet if you are concerned about it. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

A couple more suggestions…You can make table numbers really easily and inexpensively at home.  The same holds true for programs.  

 

Things like programs, I’ve noticed, tend to be left, and if nearly everyone knows what is going on, I don’t even think they are necessary.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

akshali2000 :  nice! Good luck! I love Indian food, my mouth is watering now LOL time for lunch! Where are you having your wedding?

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

 We’re having a buffet also and have an elegant chalkboard that we are setting up at the head of the buffet table with the menu. That seemed the easiest to us.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We didn’t even have menu cards for our plated meal, so you definitely don’t need them for a buffet! Our wedding coordinators said that we were smart because they were a waste of money and no one ever looks at them. We had one sign with the menu at the entrance to our reception space, and I’m not sure if anyone looked at it (however that was nearly free, chalk paint on an old picture frame). We listed our full menu with ingredients on our wedding website for those that were interested. Save your money bee!

Post # 13
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Honey bee

akshali2000 :  If you don’t wanna do a menu card, can you just label each dish on the buffet spread table? I know it’s ridiculous that stationery companies make ridiculous money from charging everyone for every little thing. What’s really annoying is you can’t just buy a complete invitation anymore. Now you are getting charged separately for nicer envelopes, actual invitation card, rsvp card, resection card, additional details card, etc and the list goes on and on…before you know it, you’re broke.

But I gotta admit, they do look good in pictures especially for a plated dinner. I think we will just make our own menu card along with the program ( I know, usueless LOL).

Post # 14
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Worker bee

Just put a huge board with all the food names on. Even menu cards will get lost.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

akshali2000 :  We had a chalk board with the menu on it! Also, if there will be servers for the food, they can let people know what each dish is. 

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