Post # 1
I’m fairly set on the venue we’re going to have the reception at, and the first option is to have a plated 3 course meal which will probably be about $80 to 90 a person, but the food is so fancy, here is just one of the options for the entree: ancho chili and sweet soy marget duck breast with enoki mushrooms, roast Chinese eggplant, baby bok chop and navel orange butter. Intense right? I asked if they could do pub style food and first was told no, then was told yes, but it’d be buffet, understandable since theres more options, 2 kinds of fries, sliders, an assortment of gourmet pizzas, etc. so how could the waiters know what and how much of things people want? that would be about 70 per head. but my mom thinks buffets are tacky and we should look for a new venue, but after a year of internet research, to start all over sounds exhaustive and the look and feel of this venue is exactly what I want. What would you guys do?
This topic was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by MrsBrowner.
Post # 2
That duck breast sounds heavenly, if you ask me.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA
Horseradish: I think the buffet menu sounds fun. I’d much prefer that over the duck.
Post # 4
I don’t know where you’re sitting financially, but for $10 more a head, I’d much rather do a 3 course high end plated than a buffet with sliders and fries. $70 per head for pizza, burgers and fries is pricey. But $80 a head for duck breast is reasonable.
Post # 5
For such a small price difference, I’d do the three course dinner. But those things sound great to me.
Post # 6
I’d do the plated dinner as well. If you don’t want it quite as fancy, see if they can make it a little more moderate. There must be some middle ground between super fancy and super casual.
Post # 7
Just wanted to add: just because the meal SOUNDS fancy in writing doesn’t mean it will LOOK overly fancy. That dish will probably just look like meat in a sauce with vegetables. If you don’t think your guests will like the duck, ask for it to be swapped with chicken or something. Caterers want you to start drooling when you read the descriptions, but most of your guests won’t know that the sauce was made with ancho chili and sweet soy, or be able to discern that the flavor in the butter is naval orange.
Post # 8
MrsBrowner: I wouldn’t pay 70pp for burgers, fries and pizza. Definitely not as a buffet. How is a 3 course, plated meal only $10pp more?
Post # 9
A huge +1 for the duck breast because not only does that sound amazing, but for the price.
FWIW if you choose to go with the buffet for any reason, it’s not tacky at all. Especially since your venue sounds like they take their food very seriously. As far as them knowing how much food to serve for a buffet, they should be exprienced enough to know how much to prepare based on the amount of guests you’ll have.
Post # 10
vip0802: true, portions may not be the problem but to know what type of pizza everyone would want, fries, sliders, etc.
Post # 11
MrsBrowner: they probably will be fairly good at estimating what people will take, don’t worry! Also, when one type of pizza is gone, it’s gone. NBD.
Post # 12
I like the pizza and sliders options, but that is way too high a price for it. There’s not much point in you paying for the fancier options either if they don’t sound good to you. You should like the food you’re paying so much money for. (Sidenote: I’ve attended and worked at a pretty decent number of weddings. The fancier the food, the less people eat it. Doesn’t seem to matter if it actually is delicious and prepared perfectly. People want to know what it is they’re eating. Granted, I live in the Midwest, so that probably makes a difference.) Honestly, I would look for a different venue. I never think that the unwillingness to provide what you’re asking for because it’s not on a pre-set menu is a good sign.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I’d much prefer the buffet food.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
i’d be more into the gourmet food, and for a $10 difference that’s what I’d choose if I were you. But I’d eat and be quite happy with either. (But at least have a salad or something with all the fries stuff!!)