(Closed) Multiple dinner options at your reception? Come tell me how you did it!!

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We did escort cards with everyone’s assigned seating. Each couple got a escort card. We used little round colored dots and stuck them to the escort card in the bottom corner. Chicken was yellow, Steak was red, and fish was blue. The waitstaff then asked who was having what upon serving the guests. It was pretty easy.

Post # 5
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Ree723: just sent the invitations out and they ask for people to initial next to their entree selection

Post # 6
1850 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was thinking the same thing with the escort cards. I would do the color coded thing and go with the first option:)

Post # 7
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was going to do the combo plate (my Future Mother-In-Law says that by the day of the wedding, no one remembers what plate they chose and may get upset because they changed their mind)…but I feel like if I make the guest choose a plate, they will be less likely to RSVP yes and then not come.


Anyway my rsvp will follow this example:

Please help me proofread my invites before I print them all!!!

Post # 8
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We had litte icons on our RSVP card,  a carrot for the vegetarian option and a cow for the beef option.  (People didn’t know what their dinner would be, though, just carrot or cow.)

I realized after we sent them out that we hadn’t specified a way to designate and I got worried for the same reasons you mention.  As it turns out, though, there was no need to stress- every couple ended up ordering the same thing.  Some just checked one box, some did a double check in the same box, some put their initials by the checkbox… in the end they were almost always the same though.  Either both got beef or both got veg.  Or, if one could come and the other couldn’t then it was easy to tell. 

When it came time to let catering know I probably went overboard but here’s what I sent them…
– I made an aerial view mock up of our seating chart in excell, with the few names who wanted the veg option (9 out of 70 guests) in bold, and any allergies I was aware of in italics. 
– I also made a word doc with table number, name, and picture of each of the vegetarian guests  and guests with specific allergies (dairy, mushrooms, etc.) for the catering captain to have/for the waiters to consult before they brought meals out.

In the end, my helpful documents apparently still weren’t enough, so the morning of the wedding I made up simple small tent cards on pretty paper that just said “vegetarian” and had my DOC pass them out to just those people during cocktail hour.  (She had the same names/pictures doc that I’d sent to the caterers.)  We assigned tables but not seats, otherwise we would’ve put them right at their plates ahead of time.  Instead, we asked them to put them in front of their plates when they sat down for dinner.  Those that chose beef just didn’t have any card in front of their plate.  We did have a couple of guests try to switch last minute when they saw the cards going out, and to be honest I don’t know how it was handled, I just know that it was.  Blissful bride ignorance. 🙂

Anyway… sorry for the novel.. but that’s what we did and overall it worked really well! Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂

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