Post # 1
So this may sound like a silly question, but should you make a menu even if the dinner is buffet style (not formal sit down)? I am not sure if it would be nice so the guest will know what to expect, however, there will be many servers behind the buffet and carving station who could answer any questions if they were unsure. What would you all do?
Post # 3
Wer didn’t have a menu for our buffet dinner. It was an expense that I didn’t think was worth it.
Post # 4
We had a buffet and some “action stations”. I did a printed menu so that people would know what to expect and what specific things were on the buffet. We also included the flavours of our Bride and Groom’s cakes so people would know what they were getting. I made them myself and they weren’t to expensive and looked great on the tables.
Post # 5
I think it just depends if you want it or not. I would like knowing what was at each station and it is always a nice accent on the table!
Post # 6
Thanks girls for the input!
Post # 7
For a buffet, what makes the most sense would be small cards with each dish so that guests can identify what it is! As a guest, I would want that more than a menu.
Post # 8
I think I’d like a menu before so as I’m waiting for my table to be called I could figure out what I wanted rather than trying to juggle a plate while reading small signs on the table. Plus it allows for people with special diets or food allergies to figure out what they’re able to eat.
I think it would make your buffet move a lot smoother if you don’t have every single person going “What’s that?” “Does this have ___ in it?” Some people will not read signs even if they’re right in front of the dish.
Post # 9
I went to a wedding with buffet stations and menus would have been really nice. There were long lines for food and they were spaced out around the venue, making it difficult to see what there was available.
Post # 10
My caterer is making small signs for the actualy buffet table and i am using some invitations that werent used to print the menu on to leave at each table 🙂 I really like it as its adds a little bit of class at very little expense.
Post # 11
We are doing menus for our buffet! It adds a great pop of color, allows people to know what they want to eat before they get in line (speeds things up!) and it just gives a nicer more formal feel to a buffet.
Post # 12
some family members and friends will be bringing some buffet items. i am going to print cards for the contributers to write on, they will have a blank line (for the title of the food) _____”seven layer salad”____ made by:__Sarah, aunt of the bride______ contains:_____onions, garlic___
and use place card holders, or picks or something, near the items.
this will also help us return dishes to the right contributers at the end of the reception.
Post # 13
Personally, I think a menu makes much more sense for a buffet and little sense for a plated meal. The reason they are practical for a buffet is that guests can read them when they find their seat to see what is available and what to leave behind for any reason. This prevents the buffet table from getting clogged with folks trying to make decisions while filling their plates, and the lines go much quicker.
With a plated meal, they really don’t serve any purpose since you can’t change anything on the menu.
Post # 14
I believe I’m just making little signs on the food telling what it is (although it shouldn’t be too hard to tell!) because our buffet area is all in one section of our venue, so guests don’t have to worry about not finding something that’s out there. And if they pass up something the first time, they can certainly come back for a second time.
Post # 15
@Ember78: So smart! Thank you!