Post # 1
I am one of those lucky/unfortunate brides with a HUGE family throwing a wedding on a budget. Our venue offers affordable entrees (well when are they REALLY affordable, I mean come on!) but pricing it out, we cannot afford to offer meats other than chicken. So we figured we would just do a chicken meal. (We asked about allegies/restrictions when we went our friends and family the google docs address form to collect their info.)
Two questions- is not having another meat option really that bad? I just know so many people will choose it, and at nearly $10 more per head (at least!) that puts us in a crunch. But FH said he would think that was “weird” if he went to a wedding that didn’t have red meat. Our venue has couples do chicken dinners all the time though.
Also- we have a few vegetarians coming. Should I, instead of not giving a menu option on the RSVP, list pasta? It’s less expensive than chicken so if people choose it, it doesn’t hurt us. (The vegetarians will be getting it even if it’s not on the RSVP card, don’t worry.)
I guess I’m just worried about looking bad. But I don’t want to go over-budget so people can get a steak dinner!!! The food at our venue is AMAZING so I am not worried about that. Thanks for your advice guys!
Post # 3
I don’t think you need steak. And I don’t think you’ll look cheap if you don’t have steak. Chicken all the way!
I also think it’s a great idea to offer a choice between chicken and pasta…especially if the pasta is less expensive. No one has to know that! And even if only a handful of people pick it, it’ll end up saving you a few bucks. Plus, I think people will “complain” less if they have an option to pick what they eat.
Post # 4
Yeah, include the pasta. Sometimes even omnivores like pasta. I agree that the choice will help people not to feel limited. And hey, who complains about a free meal?
Post # 5
I would include the pasta as a choice. I’m not the biggest fan of chicken and I would probably pick the pasta! So you might save more money than you think :o)
Post # 6
I’m a big fan of chicken, but I would still probably choose the pasta. I would definitely include that as an option. Otherwise, I don’t see anything wrong with not having a “red meat” option.
Post # 7
Don’t worry. I asked my caterer a similar question, and they’ve never had anyone complain of chicken-and-pasta-only dinners. And let’s face it: hungry guests will eat anything.
Post # 8
Having chicken has your main entree is perfectly fine! There’s definitely no need to have another meat option. I would agree with the other ladies and say you should include the pasta as a choice on your RSVP card. But, if possible, I would be specifc about the type of pasta on the card (mushroom ravioli, etc). Pasta is a pretty broad food category, so I think being specific would help!
Post # 9
i would definetly include chicken and pasta! my sister’s a vegitarian and i’m always jealous of her veggy meals, i’d love to have the option of getting the pasta too!
Post # 10
Serve whatever you can afford that you know the majority of your guests will eat. Pasta is inexpensive, filling and most people love it, however I do know some people who won’t touch it at all even if there is no other choice. Steak isn’t required by any means and I have been to lots of dinners where beef wasn’t an option since there were other things on the menu and everyone was happy with what they did get.
Post # 11
Definitely include the pasta! I only eat seafood, so in my case, I’m a meat-eater who would choose pasta.
And not NOT worry about only having chicken as your meat. As long as it tastes good, you shouldn’t worry about going crazy to serve an additional meat entree.
What you have sounds perfect for your wedding 🙂
Post # 12
I think having chicken as the main entree is fine! I would include pasta as well so the vegetarians can have it or people that do not like chicken. Depending on the pasta, I might choose that as well.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
You definitely don’t need steak or beef! We’re doing fish and pork for our “meat” options, and a vegetarian pasta — all three are affordable!
Post # 14
Don’t think twice about not offering any meat! It will be fine and people can just chill. If anyone thinks it’s cheap of you – they can just stay home. You are feeding a huge group of people, and people should be grateful!!
I’d definitely list the pasta. I eat meat, but usually pick the vegetarian option for weddings.