Wedding Reception Q & A: Wedding Reception Menu

Should I have a menu at my reception?

We'd recommend it. Guests like to know what they're eating, and the menu is both a nice design detail for your place settings as well as a lasting keepsake for the day. Also, studies have shown that we have a really hard time remembering food and the taste of food, so keeping a printed menu is a great reminder of this important detail of your special day (See Joshua Foer, Moonwalking with Einstein, 2011). You can have a menu at each place setting, or just hand write a couple of chalkboards bistro-style if you like that look. The menu can also double as a place card by having guests' names printed or calligraphed at the top of each one. If you're giving a donation to charity in lieu of favors, you can also print this at the bottom of the menu.