(Closed) Place cards with food choices – what did you do?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


I glued rhinestones in our wedding colors on the cards. Each color represented the food choice (we had 3) and I made a “cheat sheet” for the coordinator that she could give to the kitchen/staff.

Post # 3
1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We asked for people to put each guest’s initials next to their food choices. We still got some people who just wrote the number of each meal they’d prefer. I did have to call a few people to clarify, but not too many.

We used a color-coded system to indicate the meal choice on each place card.

Post # 4
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

IzzyBear:  We asked for people to put initials, but like you ran into some people who just used numbers. In the case of 1/1 splits, I typically gave the steak to the male, and the chicken to the female.  I know that’s a bit sterotypical, but that seemed to be how most people had ordered anyways. Everyone sat next to their spouse, so it would have been easy for them to just swap plates.

We colour coordinated the font on the place cards so it would be easy for the serving staff to tell – names in silver were steak, names in yellow were chicken.

Post # 5
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

I used coloured heart punches stuck on the corner of the name cards to signify the differences in menu – the name cards were silver tent folds with the names mounted on teal and navy. Then the hearts were: teal for veggie option, navy for mushroom allergy and purple for gluten/wheat intolerant.

Post # 6
11657 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Kacie209:  I had a couple of people who didn’t specify but I took a guess and figured if I was wrong they’d be sitting together and could switch plates easily.

I colour coded my place cards.  They were all Cream base, then a colour layer for their meal (Purple, silver, white or green) and then another cream with the name.

Post # 7
7276 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Just guess. We had guests that didn’t initial their choices (like we asked) so we just randomly assigned meals to the family based on the numbers and figured they would just switch.

Post # 8
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

We asked for meal choices on RSVPs then I color coded the glitter tent card to the meal choice and going to give the coordinator/kitchen staff a copy of what color is for what choice. 

I got the paper at Michaels using 50% off coupons each time and then used print your own business cards, put 2 on each and cut in half, put on black matte, then to the glitter tent. All are cut out and I’m applying to their color/meal choice as I get the RSVPs back. 

Post # 10
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is what we did for our response cards to avoid confusion.  The only issue we had is when my sister sent hers back with two checked for her husband and nothing checked for herself. Other than that, people seemed follow the instructions.  

I was planning  on using tent cards and typing out the meal choice on the back side, but on second thought, maybe color coding would be quicker and easier for the servers to read…


Post # 11
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Kacie209:  That is such a weird assumption to make.  People like what they like…does it really matter if they’re male or female??  Actually, I ordered the beef at our wedding and my husband ordered chicken, and now that I think about it they gave me the chicken and him the beef.  Hmmph.

Anyway, we wrote on the back of the place cards whether the person ordered beef, chicken, or vegetarian, but we also gave the caterers a map with each entree marked off for each seat.  

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