(Closed) Is my menu cheap? Thoughts please.

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What do you think I should do with my menu? (please read first)
    Change to just chicken for everyone & use the $ towards something else : (112 votes)
    50 %
    Keep the grouper & just chicken option : (98 votes)
    44 %
    Add the beef option & cut 50 people from guest list : (14 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    724 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Um, no definitely not cheap.  A lot of brides would kill to have a menu like this.

    Post # 4
    2390 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think grouper and chicken is great, I think just chicken is also fine.  I assume there’s also a vegetarian option available even if it’s not publicized.

    I think your FMIL is ridiculous.  I’ve been to plenty of weddings without a beef option – do people really need beef every time they eat a meal?  No.  Sounds like if she wants that upgrade so bad she can pay for it.

    One thing you don’t mention is any kind of vegetable – is there a salad or are veggies served as a side dish?

    Post # 5
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Not cheap. Kind of over the top, honestly.

    If you have SEVEN appetizers, will people even be able to eat dinner? And if you are serving grouper as a main course, why have that as one of the passed apps?

    I think what you need is a vegetarian option, not a beef/fish option, honestly. There’s basically nothing for a vegetarian to eat.

    Post # 7
    1475 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I feel like I am in a similar situation to yours. We only have a chicken, fish (salmon), and a vegetarian option at our wedding. We also decided not to upgrade to inclusde the beef option because it would have brought up the price $15 more per person. I am also having a choice of 8 passed Hors D’Ouevres, an open bar all night, champagne toast and wine pour with dinner. I think that makes up for not having a beef option. I would much rather be at a wedding with an open bar.

    I justified not having a beef option by telling myself food was not a top priority – I don’t remeber what I had to eat at most of the weddings I have been to! The food is not what your guests will remember about your wedding!

    Post # 8
    3001 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @crayfish:  Ditto. You have enough appetizers for me to not want dinner…

    Post # 9
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would go with just the chicken if I were you since it would significantly reduce the costs. I think it’s okay to not have beef as an option.

    Post # 10
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    This looks fantastic. I personally as a guest wouldn’t mind a chicken-only option, but I do know some people who cannot eat chicken (I actually know two, I was really surprised but it’s a real thing, not crazy people).

    I definitely do not think you need to add beef. I would NEVER cut 50 people (or even 5 people) to add an extra meal option.

    Post # 11
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Definitely not cheap. However, it is extremely seafood heavy. I realize you are in Miami, but lots of people are scared of seafood (particularly if you have people flying in from other parts of the country). Personally I would be thrilled with this menu because I am a seafood lover, but I would consider switching some of the hors d’oeuvres for some non-seafood options (and make the first course a salad) in the interest of crowd pleasing. If someone is a vegetarian or was allergic to shellfish, they won’t be able to eat anything.

    Post # 12
    6207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I would be totally happy with that, but I would keep the grouper. Is there a vegetarian option? If so maybe you could have that listed on the menu and then cut the fish.

    Post # 13
    2902 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Umm no that is a silly thing to say. Your menu looks delish. What about bumping up the Hors D’Ouevres  to have a few beefier options? That way guests wont notice a lack of beef for the main meal.

    Post # 14
    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Umm, not cheap at all!  FMIL is being rude. 

    We are having chicken as our plated dinner to save on costs. No beef option here.  We are also getting a vegetarian (penne pasta) meal for family members that don’t eat meat. 

    We also chose the venue for the location and water view and 5000 sq ft elegant ballroom.  I feel like the last thing people are going to say when they look back on the night is “omgosh, I had to eat chicken!”


    🙂  save the $$ !!!

    Post # 15
    11753 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think it’s typical to have chicken and either beef/fish.  So, you have chicken and a fish option I think that’s fine. 

    I do think people should have a choice though, so I wouldn’t go with just chicken.


    Post # 16
    11273 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @SunshineLovin:  i don’t think it’s a cheap menu at all but i do think that there is too much fish and seafood throughout the menu.  i know many people who will not care for the menu due to this. 

    there is no reason to have grouper as an app and a main.  i would have a couple of vegetarian appetizer in lieu of the seafood ones.

    pork loin is another inexpensive meat that could be served at dinner.  i think more guests would choose pork over grouper.

    these are just some suggestions.  i don’t know your guests, you do, so you know best.

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