(Closed) Menus-are they really necessary?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4659 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not having them… maybe just put it on your website? 

Post # 4
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not a fan of individual menus (think it looks messy, at least with the centrepieces I’m having) so I’m thinking of a single blackboard menu – that could be an option for you if it suits your theme/decor?

Post # 5
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I used to worK at a wedding venue, and I have never ever seen a wedding menu. 

Never even heard of anyone doing one Untill the bee.

Post # 6
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

A few menus spread amongst the guests is fine, I’ve never been to a wedding where we all got our own menu, there was normally two per table of ten for example 🙂

Post # 7
2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m not having menus.  But I do want to label the individual foods at the buffet… If you’re serving a plated dinner, I think I would say do at least minimal menus.  A couple per table could work, but I’m not sure how it would work setup-wise…

Post # 8
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think I’m going to just do one menu per table, but I;m doing round tables. I don’t know what people are supposed to do with the menus once they read them. It’ll just make the tables cluttered and is such a waste of paper and money, IMO.

Post # 9
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t think it’s necessary. Did you give them an option on the invite? So they have a good idea. And also- they aren’t going to have a choice by that point are they? I would think that by the time a plated reception comes about, it’s more of a “I will eat what I get’ situation. 

And even if you have a buffet, they’ll just see what is there…

Maybe I’m missing something though?

Post # 10
5192 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Lauraine:  I’ve never seen a wedding menu. What’s the purpose, really? The hosts have already chosen the dishes for you (or they have chosen a handful of options for you to select from). Either you’ll eat them or you won’t.

Post # 11
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think they are needed, but we are doing them.

We are doing a buffet, and let’s face it.. sometimes you miss things if you don’t realize they are there!

Post # 12
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


I’ve never been to a wedding with a menu. It’s just not something people around here do and I would think they are a bunch of hassle/extra money, etc. for something that wouldn’t really be missed if it weren’t there.

Save yourself some time and hassle and don’t worry about them.






Post # 13
629 posts
Busy bee

IMO, some sort of menu is needed, in case there are any food allergies you are unaware of. You don’t need 1/guest, but even having one or two that guests with dietary issues can look at is helpful.

Post # 14
5761 posts
Bee Keeper

Menu,Table numbers

We did them just to add some color to the tables. Nothing fancy or complicated or expensive, but they added a nice touch. I think they aren’t necessary unless you really want them.

Post # 15
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m doing them to add colour to the tables and so guests know what to expect for dinner, but no they are not a must-have thing if you don’t want to.

Post # 16
49 posts

Not necessary, but a nice touch. We had them for each seat even though there was no choice (except for vegetarians) and the dinner was plated. People liked seeing it all four courses described. We had the, designed and then used a groupon from vistaprint to print them, so it was cheap. 

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