Post # 1
I’m working on our invite suite right now, and my mom’s pretty adamant about making things clear on the response card. First she wanted the standard beef, fish option changed to the exact item description (her reasoning is that she likes some fish, but not all fish, and if she saw that she might not choose it in fear that it’s not a fish she likes etc.).
Now she’s worrying about how we’ll tell who wants what for their entree selection- she wants to ask for people to initial next to the dish they’d like.
Has anyone seen response cards like this, or can think of a way to word it? I’m going for a pretty formal look/wording and I don’t want my response card to end up looking like a menu!
Post # 3
Well first off, I think just stating fish or beef is plenty! If someone is super picky about their fish, that’s what the beef option is for!! They should be appreciative that they even get a choice 🙂
And second, I would just leave a blank line after you list the menu choices so someone can just put a check mark next to the choice they’ve selected. This one did it really cute:
Or you could just write the words if you wanted it more formal.
Post # 4
One thing is for sure – the more complicated you make the response card, the more people you will have to call to figure out what they actually meant when they filled it out. If your mom feels strongly that the actual entrees need a little description, you can provide a one line description. I would associate each description with an icon or single word (back to Beef or Fish).
Then, if it’s not acceptable to your caterer to just know how many of each he needs (and it probably is – you should ask) you can provide blank lines on the lower part of the card, behind each word or icon, on which the guests actually write their names.
Most caterers can work just fine knowing how many of each entree go to each table. A good set of servers will ask each guests what they had anyway – if only to confirm that they are serving correctly, because people do switch chairs, you know. Since your servers don’t actually know your guests, knowing that Aunt Edna ordered the salmon doesn’t actually help them if somebody else is in Aunt Edna’s chair.