Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out how to word our RSVP cards. We have three entree choices. The venue does not need to know who ordered what, just how many of each entree at each table, as the servers will go around asking who had what during dinner service.
Should I still ask guests to “initial each guest’s entree selection”? Or would you write “Total number of each entree”? Is the “total number” thing too confusing? How else might you word it?
Also, our venue suggested we add “please list any dietery restrictions” to the RSVP cards. I’m afraid if we do this we’re opening up a can of worms for people to list food preferences, such as “no potatoes” or “sauce on side.” However, our salad does have walnuts so I feel we should still ask for food allergies ahead of time so the kitchen can prepare any nut-free salads needed. Thoughts?
Post # 2
We had “please list any dietary requirements” with a line underneath. I think it made some people feel they need to fill the gap… E.g. we had people tell us they don’t like fish/mayo etc. So if I was to do it again I would say “please list any dietary requirements on the reverse of this card” – you could say allergies if you want to be more specific but I’d worry I’d miss a veggie/vegan if I put that
Post # 3
What happens if someone who ordered chicken changes their mind and wants steak, and tells the server that’s what they orered? This is an important question to ask your venue… how will they handle it? Will they run out of that entree and other people get stuck with something they didn’t order? Or have to wait for it to be cooked? How will the extras be charged? Typically you would have to pay that night.
Personally I would do the extra step by asking for specific choices and incorporating that choice into place cards. It can be as simple as a different color font, or a different color flower decoration in the corner.
For dietary restrictions I agree with you and would use the word allergies.
Post # 4
Definitely ask your guests to initial their entree selection, it’s just easiest.
“dietary restrictions” is the best wording, in my mind. We had that and got two vegans, one nut allergy, one gluten-free, no weirdness.
Post # 5
I asked about allergies and dietary restrictions and I didn’t have a problem with anybody writing personal preferences. People only wrote something if they had an actual allergy or dietary restrictions such as vegan or vegetarian.
Total number of each entree might be confusing so I would do the initial next to each entree selection.
Post # 6
That’s a great question about what if someone tells the server an entree other than what they indicated on the RSVP card. I’ll make sure to ask the venue about that. It was the venue that informed us to just give a total number, so I wonder how they typically handle that.