Reception/dinner dilemma … Honest opinions please. Sorry so long!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

I honestly think it’s Vegas…live it up and do what YOU want.  For people eating, I definitely think some will want meat instead of only vegetarian choices.  If you do the buffet though, I don’t think you will have this totally elegant meal and if that’s what you want, it probably won’t work.  I really wouldn’t care what anyone outside of your party thinks…just have fun!

 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@soinlove79:  I don’t want this to come off wrong, I completely understand that you’re vegetarian and people shouldn’t give you problems about that, that’s your choice. However, it’s also your guest’s choice to eat meat.

That being said. I’m torn on what you should do. Give the guests a meat option and the semi-private dinner or get the private room and plated dinner? I think I would hands down chose the private room, especially in Vegas. I just keep thinking what weirdo is going to try and crash your wedding. Not that it’s going to happen but I guess maybe give the meat or veg only option? I think it would be weird to go to the same buffet as a bunch of randoms, but that’s just me!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@soinlove79:  I’m a little confused.  You’re okay with offering meat in a buffet, but not plated?  I think you should do a plated meal in a private room because it seems to be more in line with your vision.  However, I think that offering a meat option would be nice for your guests.  You don’t have to eat it or prepare it.  And maybe some will choose the veg option anyway.

If you choose not to offer a meat option, I would at least tell your guests ahead of time.  I know I appreciate knowing what I will be eating so that if I’m not interested (or can’t – gluten issues) in eating what’s there I can eat beforehand.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@soinlove79:  I think you can do the buffet in vegas any time for any reason and it would be much more special to do a sit down dinner. Is there a way you could ask the restruarunt to do a dual veg dish? (Ex. egg parm and pene ala vodka on one plate) that would cost the same as a meat dish but not include meat. I think you could also do an elegant cocktail reception (and lots of finger foods can be veg) with the dance and cake and do an afterparty at the buffet with a dif less weddingish get up and that would be a nice combo of both 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

It sounds like you’re leaning towards the plated meal, and it sounds lovely.  If you want to do a veg meal, do – I think most people would be fine giving up meat for one night; I know I would.  For some weddings I’ve been to, the veg options looks more delicious than some of the chicken!  But, you know your guests best. If the guest list is only 30, you probably have the best sense about whether they’d be annoyed that one meal out of all the ones they’ll eat in Vegas is meatless.  

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I wouldn’t be offended if I had to eat a vegetarian dinner. They’re spending money to be there for your special day and it’s only ONE meal, no one will care. Go with what you want! They get to spend the rest of their time there gambling and doing whatever they want right? It’s like a mini vacation for your guests so don’t feel bad.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Everything sounds lovely, but if I were you I’d definitely go for the buffet. No matter how much I might love you as a guest, if I am flying all the way out to Vegas I at least want a chicken option. You’re asking them to come a long way for you–which is fine! I don’t know of too many people who would object that vehemently to vegas unless they were quite religious or cash was tight–but maybe you could meet them halfway and at least offer some meat options.

Then again, as I detest broccoli, eggplant, potatoes and tofu, I may have a little less tolerance for typical vegetarian options than most.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@soinlove79:  If you don’t have meat on the menu, what do you imagine the menu would be?  I think definitely go for the private room, but I’m curious about what you think the menu would be.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would do plated and give your guests 2-3 options if possible. Chicken is a fairly standard choice and steak a little more upscale. As a guest though I would be very displeased if it was only vegetarian options as I hardly ever eat anything but meat (not even salads or vegtables). 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@soinlove79:  What kind of starter salads?  Here is my thinking: the consensus here seems to be to have a private space for your reception/party.  However, you have another question: what to serve.  So, make a detailed menu of what you’d want, and have people vote: “Would you be fine with this vegetarian food?”  Then you can get a response about that.

From what you said, it sounds great, by the way!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@soinlove79:  As a guest my prefernce would be to go with the private room/private space option and to allow for meat enter options for the guests.  

A private space will make speaches/toast work much better and will generally feel more festive.  If you want to do something at a big Vegas buffet I’d suggest the rehersal dinner which is less formal.

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