@multinational: Yum, your dream menu sounds amazing!!!
Honestly, my fiance and I originally wanted to do Chinese food. It wouldn’t be overly expensive or fancy or anything, but we loved the idea because we actually met in China. Unfortunately, our venue has a list of preferred caterers (there are about 8 or 9 options), and none of them do Chinese. If we wanted something that wasn’t on the list, we’d have to pay another $1000 (I can’t remember how this was worded in the contract, but I think it has something to do with use of their kitchen area). Call me cheap, but I don’t want to fork over an extra $1000 for, well, nothing. I mean, that’s not $1000 toward the cost of the food, decor, use of dinnerware, etc. It’s just $1000 because we didn’t want to use a preferred caterer. No way!
In a perfect world, though, we’d have Chinese. We’d probably do a mix of dumplings (my favorite meal while we were in China was an all dumpling meal with multiple courses), seafood, chicken, beef, and duck. Mmmm!
If we didn’t have a special reason for choosing Chinese food, we’d probably do one of the following:
– Indian (I can’t even explain how much my fiance and I love Indian food. We’d definitely spring for lots of options because not everyone would love our favorites [lamb and goat based dishes].)
– Thai (This is another staple for us. There’s a little Thai place across from our apartment complex that we order from quite frequently!)
– Vietnamese (I could probably live on pho for the rest of my life, though I’d order other options as well if I were providing it for a large group of people.)
Haha, I guess we could easily do a “Taste of Asia” theme and have all of the food types I listed … If only our venue allowed it without the extra charge!
We’re probably going to end up going with Italian. A really nice local Italian restaurant is actually one of our venue’s preferred caterers, and their prices are pretty reasonable for the quality and quantity of food we’d receive. They offer a ton of options, and most people seem to like Italian food. It seems like the best option we have (though I’ll still wish we could have some delicious Chinese, Indian, Thai, and/or Vietnamese food).