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mmbrake28
Expert August 2018

Escort/name Plate - Plated Dinner Help!

mmbrake28, on July 20, 2018 at 2:39 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 15
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I am having a plated dinner and my caterer needs to know who is ordering what (beef, chicken, vegetarian) at each table. I was originally going to do buffet but then changed to a plated dinner rather recently, and I had already ordered a custom seating table chart. So....I need to figure something else out.

I really don’t like the look of place cards with the cow, pig, leaf clip art. Was trying to think of something a little more creative/prettier. I love the idea of a different color signifying their meal choice, but not sure what. I found these wooden name plates, but the problem is they only come in gold and silver, and I need 3 color options. Thoughts??

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Latest activity by Pirate & 60s Bride, on July 21, 2018 at 1:25 AM
  • Tara
    Master September 2018
    Tara ·
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    Maybe spray paint them? theyre so pretty.
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  • Going to the chapel
    Master July 2017
    Going to the chapel ·
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    Those are nice, but whatever you use needs to be left on the table and readily viewable by the servers. I have a feeling many of those wooden names would go straight into a purse or tossed to the center of the table. Name cards are used to prevent this. You could use different color ink on the crds to indicate the entree, or different color cards.

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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    This! If that was on my plate I wouldn't have any idea it indicated my food choice and it would go in my purse to not get lost.

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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
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    Those are pretty and I agree with the PP that you could possibly spray paint the ones you need in a different color. Or if you decide to use place cards you could use a legend which is what I did. Since my invitation suite used trees I used trees for my legend. My legend was 3 trees = beef, 2 trees = salmon, and 1 tree = chicken. I gave that legend to the coordinator who gave it to the servers.

    Are you still planning to use your seating chart? Guests still need to be directed to their tables even with place cards so you could still use it.

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  • DC Wife 10.27.18
    Master October 2018
    DC Wife 10.27.18 ·
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    I agree too. If I saw this I'd be like "Aww what a super cute little gift for me" and it would be in my bag way before dinner service started.

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  • M&M Bride
    Super September 2018
    M&M Bride ·
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    Those are very pretty. Can you attach a colored gem to signify the meal choice? Of if you are assigning seats can you give the staff a table diagram with the guests meal selection.

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  • HayMrsO
    Master October 2018
    HayMrsO ·
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    They are beautiful! If they are wood, I would just spray paint the ones that you need the third color for.

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    Devoted December 2018
    Ashley ·
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    So here is what I am doing because I wanted to avoid doing a seating chart all together. It is very time consuming but I am doing it early enough that it won’t be so bad. For the toast I will have champagne flutes filled already with guest names on a table. They take their name to the table and it will have a small escort acrylic on top of the flute that will show a sign for fish since I only have two options. Chicken or fish. Here is a picture for an idea. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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    Dedicated January 2019
    SwanSquared ·
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    Could you possibly seat them by meal choice? Everyone that has chicken at odd table numbers, fish at even, veggie with low centerpieces or by napkin colors something like that.
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  • Fiona
    Expert October 2018
    Fiona ·
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    Yes I agree with the others that say it will go in the purse. I also have never seen a place card with a chicken or beef outline on it. Usually it would be a color dot in the bottom corner or even simply writing “Chicken” “Beef or whatever the options are.

    Also im not sure what your budget is but laser cut names are fairly expensive and what if you have two Ashley’s at a table? How will each Ashley know whose is whose. Just minor logistical things that could make these laser cut
    names a nightmare.

    Name tents are are very inexpensive and you won’t notice them at all in the overall decor of your table.

    I am in the same boat. I have a gorgeous name board for table assignments and simple elegant font black and white name cards at the table for food assignments.
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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
    earias ·
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    That would not be a good idea because then you would be separating families and couples and it would be awkward to be placed at a table where you don't really know the other people.

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    Beginner October 2018
    Dee ·
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    Something my coordinator told me to think about: if you are going to be having your dinner in a dimly lit room, the waiters will have trouble clearly seeing the colors if you choose to color code rather than use symbols. May not be a concern for you though depending on your lighting!
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  • KK2019
    Devoted February 2019
    KK2019 ·
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    Beautiful idea and if you could make other things work like pp have mentioned ( double names, cost, guests leaving them on table) then I would say just paint them.

    What is your theme? I’m doing a mixture of garden/rustic/romantic so I’m using different colored flowers that match our wedding colors - Pink for chicken, Gray for beef, Ivory for vegetarian, etc.

    Also you will still need your seating chart so guests know what table they are at, so no worries there. You can just leave the place cards with meal choice at the tables.

    This is just a rough mock up. My place cards came with a template to print the names on there so it will look cleaner.
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  • KK2019
    Devoted February 2019
    KK2019 ·
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    Whoops. Picture didn’t post

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Won’t the name plates be more expensive?

    If you do place cards, you can use colored crystal stickers, instead of animals. What we did was no crystal meant beef (choose the most popular meal for “no sticker” because less work for you & staff will just look for the stickers as the different options).
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