Post # 1
Hi I was wondering if there are any Asian American brides on this forum. I’m trying to decide what I want to do for catering for my wedding. I’ve actually only been to one wedding so I had to do a lot of googling and from what I’ve seen traditional Chinese banquets have around 9 courses, that consists of a lot of seafood, a soup, and fried rice at the end. What kind of dishes did you guys serve and how many courses? Also, if you don’t mind could you tell me the cost. Thank you! 🙂
Post # 3
@misstran: Hey there! I’m Asian American but I ended up doing a western reception as my husband had too many religious restrictions that would make serving Chinese food impossible. Some of my friends who’ve done Chinese banquets in Boston got quotes of around $60 pp, most restaurants have a pretty set menu with probably around 9 courses. I’ve been to several Asian weddings. You usually start out with cold appetizers (lots of pork), followed by seafood, poultry, beef, soup, several other good dishes, and the rice and noodles I always felt were afterthoughts to keep people full.
Post # 4
@misstran: Hi! We are doing a western reception (fiance is non-Asian!) and I think his side wouldn’t enjoy a lot of the traditional Asian courses, unfortunately.
Post # 5
@misstran: I’m not Asian American, but my best friend is. When she got married she had a traditional western wedding first (her husband is non-Asian), and then a few weeks later hosted a traditional Chinese wedding, where she invited just her Chinese relatives, bridal party, and very close friends. She wore the red gown and all, and it was beautiful! It was a 9 course meal, I couldn’t even guess at the price per head. It was a lot of fun even for those of us who are not used to the traditional Chinese menu. I really enjoyed most of the food but I did skip a few things (ex. tiny octopus?) But for her it was the best way to honor her heritage AND get to have the traditional western wedding that both she and her fiance wanted.
Post # 5
Hi 🙂 my guy and I are still trying to locate a caterer for our Fall wedding but choices are limited in CT (we don’t want to go to NY!) we are going the traditional vietnamese/chinese route between 7 and 9 courses, depending on how elaborate the courses you want, the prices go up! one place had a starting price of $500 up to $1000 per table (10 people per table). We are looking at least $10-15k on food alone :/ hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 6
I’m Chinese-Vietnamese. I’ve been to a couple of Chinese weddings in my area (DC/MD), and the 9 course meals run approximately $40-50/head. A lot of brides who have Chinese style weddings tend to make money off their weddings since the cost is so low, and the Chinese restaurants allow you to BYOB. As other posters mentioned, you start with cold dishes, move on to a variety of seafood, meat, and veggies, and finish with carbs (noodles, rice). Traditionally, rice and noodles are served last as fillers; if you serve it towards the beginning of the meal it signifies that you are too “poor” to serve your guests properly. At Chinese banquets, the goal is always to have food remaining on the table at the end of the night.
FI and I are doing a Western style reception, but part of me still wishes we had gone the Chinese route- saves money and the food is always delicious!
Post # 7
It is very hard to cater a Chinese dinner because many venues aren’t equipped for Chinese food to be cooked especially each course is supposed to be served piping hot. It’s not like western food that can be kept warm in a warming oven.
Post # 8
I’m Chinese Canadian and my finance is American. Since most of our guests will be from out of town, the wedding will take place at a hotel in Montreal and will be western style. To recognize my Chinese heritage, we will have a Chinese tea ceremony the day before.