Non-traditional food at a seated dinner

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Reaction to non-traditional food at a seated dinner
    I wouldn't care. It is your wedding and your money : (13 votes)
    30 %
    Horrible! Unacceptable! There are rules regarding the menu of a seated dinner : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Sweet! I love tacos & gyros & ___! I am so over 'chicken or beef' : (17 votes)
    40 %
    Other. Explain : (10 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 2
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I would not enjoy it – not because I’m a traditionalist, but because I don’t like tacos/trust ground meat from a lot of places, lol.

    Post # 3
    1287 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Although I love tacos, I would be thrown off by the fact that it is a food you eat with your hands?!  And would probably be too worried about spilling it down my dress.  However, I would think it is a cute/unique idea!!

    Post # 4
    1168 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    EncoreBridetoBe:  i really think it would depend on the wedding setting, the presentation of the food and the couple. 

    My only concern with tacos: they are messy! people will be all dressed up and will risk ruining their nice attire. 

    Post # 5
    42082 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My concern would be that it is hard to eat tacos without making  a mess and I would be in a good dress that has to be dry cleaned and from which the stains may never come out if there are any drips.

    I think you are entitled to serve whatever you want, but I would then suggest you have a casual wedding that goes with your menu.

    Post # 6
    2649 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    EncoreBridetoBe:  I voted “other” only because if I wre dressed up, I wouldn’t be thrilled to be served a messy food.  If your reception is more casual then hell yeah – tacos! 

    Post # 7
    3643 posts
    Sugar bee

    I usually order the vegetarian entree, and although not a strict vegetarian, I prefer not to eat meat, and I don’t like tacos or gyros. If their offered as part of a buffet, and guests have a choice, it’s okay. It would be fine for a rehearsal dinner, though. If the dinner is at a formal wedding and in the evening, I’d guess that your guests would expect a traditional, supper entree.


    Post # 8
    6194 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I have no problem with nontraditional food, but I would be worried about eating a taco in a fancy dress. I’d prefer something I could eat with a fork if possible.

    Post # 9
    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I don’t have a problem with atypical food – one of the best/most fun receptions FI and I have been to had a local version of chipotle cater (so burritos). It was awesome.

    <br />BUT – like everything else, your food needs to match your formality. A sit down dinner at a wedding needs fancier food than tacos – maybe something like enchiladas or fajitas would work, but just tacos? That would be out of place to me.

    <br />Now if it was a casual buffet, or a food truck, or soemthing like that (basically a more casual event), then I’d say go for it!

    Post # 12
    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I would welcome ANYTHING over the normal “banquet food.”  Ugh – I’ve never had good chicken/veggie/potato at any wedding I’ve been to.  Even pizza would be better!!!

    Post # 13
    6446 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Oh my gosh I love tacos. I’m not someone who is bothered by “non-fancy” food at a “fancy” event though.

    I do agree with others that it might be too messy so I like your idea of fajitas or enchiladas as I think they are less messy.

    Post # 14
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Where is the wedding located? A taco in San Diego will be a lot different that a taco in Montana, and that will effect my vote. 

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