- 9 years ago
- Wedding: July 2009
So, FH and I are both Greek, so we are literally having a seriously big fat Greek wedding. I need advice from my non-Greek bees about the meal. Some background: When picking our venue, we knew we wanted to serve a Greek meal, as 60-70% of our guests are Greek (and because, duh, we’re Greek and wanted the food to be!). When we picked our venue, they did not do outside catering at ALL. However, we told them we’d go elsewhere then because that was a priority for us and we had a Greek caterer and everything. Of course, they changed their tune (lesson: try to bargain!) and said we could bring our caterer in but we’d have to pay a head charge per meal of I believe $25 a person. Believe it or not, even paying that PLUS our caterer’s cost pp, the cost pp for a plated meal is STILL loads less than it would have been to use our venue’s menu/food.
So this is our meal, though it’s in the works:
Greek apps, Greek Salad, a Greek soup (which will likely be replaced b/c of the heat in August, doesn’t seem like a good idea), then the meal is lamb chops (which actually aren’t strictly Greek but our caterers are fabulous so we picked them), a greek pasta dish, and a vegetable. That is the only meal and we aren’t offering a choice.
We are, however, aware that some guests are vegetarians or really won’t want a greek meal, so we are offering a vegetarian, American option. However, because the cost per plate of that is super duper expensive, we don’t want it to be an actual "option" in the typical sense. We’ll likely put on the menu "A vegetarian meal is available upon request" unless we decide to put the name of the meal, whatever we pick. But we don’t want a zillion of guests to just choose to forego the greek meal in fear that it will be gross or something and I’m worried if we put the name of the American choice on the menu, a lot of people will do that, and our cost will skyrocket.
So, what is your opinion about this? Would you be more likely to pick the american meal if the name of it was on the menu as an option? Or only if you were a vegetarian or picky eater? Do you think this is really inconsiderate of us and a bad move? Should we not even bother printing anything else so guests don’t think there’s an alternative, assuming vegetarians would just ask the server? Please let me know because my parent’s and FH’s parents aren’t too concerned about it since they’re old-school Greeks, but he and I kind of are.
Thanks so much!