Post # 1
Question to the group – for those of you having a buffet dinner – did you list dining choices on your response cards? My caterer is on vacation for another two weeks and we have yet to finalize our menu but our invitations need to go out prior to then! Do I list icons (mother hates the idea – but I don’t totally – icons of a chicken, cow, fish or vegetables) or just leave off any options since it’s going to be a buffet anyway?
Post # 3
You need to ask your caterer if they need to know how much of each type of food to make. If they don’t have a limit to how much they make then I would say to leave it off of the cards. It wouldn’t matter what people checked then. Even if the caterer did need to know a head count for a buffet I don’t know how they would control if someone took food other than what they wrote on their RSVP card.
Post # 4
I’ve only seen the choices for weddings that had a plated dinner. I’d leave it off. 🙂
Post # 5
Leave it off. You only want to ask for people’s entree selections at a plated dinner. Your caterer should be able to estimate how much of each entree to make for a buffet based on the total number of guests.
Post # 6
I agree with the two folks above — no need to include the menu options on the RSVP if you’re doing a buffet. I’m having stations, and I’m not including them. Your caterer should be able to estimate how much food to make, based on experience and a set formula for average portions of proten + starch + fat + etc. (At least, that’s what caterers have told me when I asked them how to decide how much food to make.)
Post # 7
We had a buffet dinner and we didn’t have to tell our caterer how much of each to make. I think most people want to try a little bit of everything at a buffet!