Post # 1
Not too long ago my fiance and I found the perfect venue so I’ve been inactively looking for caterers. Today one caught my eye so I called them. They were incredibly helpful and friendly and, best of all, cheap! It’s $10.95 per person…except that’s for one entree. If we want two entrees, it jumps up considerably. It would increase $500 on the total cost, which may not seem like much but when you’re on a very tight $6,000 budget, it is. Also, since they’re so close to the venue and familiar with it, they’re not charging for setup or labor costs unless we add things that we don’t need. water, ice tea, and coffee will be served until the end of the reception.
As of right now, we’re planning a laid back, fairly informal buffet style wedding with anywhere from 100-150 people. My fiance and I know our guests very well, since they’re all close-knit family and friends, and we have talked about dietary needs for our respective guests and only one of them (a very good friend of mine) is a vegetarian.
I did a mock menu to give them and me and idea of what we might want…obviously, things may change after the tasting, but here it is;
Fresh Spring Greens Salad, Stuffed Chicken Florentine, Twice Baked Potatoes, Fresh Sauteed Vegetables, dinner rolls come included.
With a laid back, buffet wedding do we really need to shell out the extra money for the second entree, or just do what we can afford?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I think the vegatarian would be happy taking some extra vegtables? I don’t think it is worth the $500 extra for one person. Sounds delicious! That price is REALLY amazing.
Post # 4
@marinesfiance: I think you are fine with just the one entree. I go to many banquets that are work and charity related, and we are almost never given a choice of entree. Everyone is fine.
Chicken is innocuous and most people like it.
Will they plate one vegetarian meal for you?
Post # 5
@marinesfiance: I would give a heads up to your friend so she knows there won’t be much for her. Otherwise I think one entree is fine
Post # 6
@marinesfiance: I agree with
@MexiPino: by warning that one vegetarian. If you had a whole crowd then I would increase it by entrees, but if it’s one person, I think they’re understanding when it’s situations like these!
Post # 7
@Pixienickie: I know it’s probably not a popular opinon, but I would not change your menu or add to the cost for one vegetarian. I get super annoyed by how people seem to be all over the place with their food these days and everyone is expected to cater to them. I can understand someone who has a legit allergy to something – but I personally feel like if you have made a choice to have your own dietary restrictions (veg, vegan, gluten free but not becuase you’re alleric, etc) it is not up to anyone else to cater to them. I’m sure your veg friend is toally used to attending events where she is not catered to. I’m sure the salad, extra veggies, and a baked potato would be perfectly fine for her. I have a friend who is eating paleo and glueten free – as a diet, not becuase she has an allergy. That’s totally cool for her, but I joke all the time that she’s a PITA to go out to eat with. 🙂
Post # 8
@Pixienickie: Right, I don’t think so either..my family and friends as well as his are meat and potatoes kinds of people. I think most, not all, of our guests would barely glance at the other option before tearing into the meat. I do know that at least one person, my fiance’s uncle’s wife, would complain about not having another option, but then again she will probably complain about everything.
Post # 9
Doesn’t sound like a problem at all having one entree. I am sure the caterer wouldn’t mind giving extra veggies in lieu of chicken for the 1 vegetarian. I can’t imagine they would make that a big deal. I wouldn’t pay an extra $500 for that.
Post # 10
@marinesfiance: As a former vegetarian, I never expected special meals at gatherings like weddings. I would usually load up my plate with extra green beans, mashed potatos, salad, and best of all, cake.
The caterer may provide a special meal for the one person, like a plate of pasta, for a VERY minimal cost, if you are concerned.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I’m not a vegetarian, but I would think baked potato, salad, and veggies is fine for a meal
Post # 12
I think one entree is just fine. However, I don’t think it should over-burden your caterers to provide one plated entree for your vegetarian guest.
Post # 13
Yeah, I’d ask your caterer if they can do one plate of something else for your vegetarian friend.
Post # 14
@julies1949: Good question, I’ll have to ask when I talk to them again.
@starfish0116: I agree. My good friend paid $30 pp for her wedding and her husband’s stepmother still complained. And that’s a good point..she’s pretty laid back and I know she doesn’t expect us to cater to her needs.
Post # 15
@thenewmrsmax: haha, forgot about the dessert, good point! We’re having a three-tier cake, cake pops, cupcakes, and maybe a couple other things so people can chow down on those.
Post # 16
@marinesfiance: FWIW, my stepmom doesn’t eat red meat. Not for ethical reasons, more just because she doesn’t like it. She is not one of those people who gets in a huff. She’s attended her fair share of spaghetti dinners over the years where it was just meat sauce and nothing else. She always just eats around it the best she can and keeps her mouth shuts – and happily enjoys her salad and bread. Trust me, most people who have food restrictions are used to them and I think *we* non-veg’s are more concerned than the veg eaters are. 😉