Post # 1
My wedding is very formal/decadent and there may be a lot of guests. Serving pasta is waaaay cheaper than even having just chicken because there is less meat which is the most costly part of the meal. I also think that pasta is filling for a dinner. I was thinking to do a “family style” dinner where there is pasta and an assortment of different sauces on each table so that everyone can have their favorite sauce or try a few different ones and serve soup and salad and Italian bread with vinegar and EVO and crushed olives and maybe some seafood aps(crab and shrimp). Has anyone ever done pasta at their wedding it really saves tons of money but most importantly do you think its ok not to have meat for dinner?
Post # 3
I like the idea with the different sauces for the pasta. Depending upon the formality of the event, I think guests will expect a meat dish. But, that’s just my opinion.
Post # 4
There is nothing wrong with serving just pasta. Meat is not a requirement, noe should anyone complain about the lack of it. However, pasta doesn’t exactly scream formal. Your guests will wonder where your priorities are when you have a formal theme but you choose informal food.
Post # 5
… especially if it’s family style.
To me, a formal, decadent affair means that I’m not serving myself with pasta and sauce. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some pasta and sauce, but it’s more casual to me, no matter what pasta you put with what sauce. Plus, the room for error is huge – family style pretty much guarantees that I (and prob some of your guests) will make a big old mess out of themselves and your table.
Post # 6
I agree that it doesn’t seem very formal, but I also think it’s okay for a wedding and a good choice generally. It is something to think about that it may not lend to as formal an atmosphere as you are going for.
Post # 7
Any suggestions about what is formal AND not too expensive.
Post # 8
I do love pasta!! I went to a restaurant the other day and had a pesto cream sauce that was to die for. I think you can make pasta very classy, depending on your sauce options, type of noodles and presentation! I think if you have a nice caterer do it, they can make sure it is fancy pasta! They can make it into a buffet with servers to cut down on mess. I too am a klutz 🙂
Post # 9
Try looking at the vegertarian options that they offer. They are most likely less expenisce than the meat entrees
* at least they are in my area
as for the pasta idea, why not do a plated idea of Shirmp alfredo or a vegetarian piccada?
Post # 10
You could still do pasta, but maybe try something plated like a nice gourmet lasagna, manicotti, or tortellini dish? Those are still cost-conscious, but can be presented in such a way that people will think they’re being treated to something fancy!
Post # 11
@USAandKSA: Sorry, but if I was served only pasta as a main meal at a wedding, I would be unable to refer to it as decadent or formal. But totally fine for a less formal, yet amazing affair.
Generally the formality/decadence of a wedding is determined largely by venue, decor and food.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I am not sure that pasta quite goes with a formal wedding, especially if it is served family style, but man that would be delicious! What about a risotto? It seems so much fancier than it really is. Om nom nom!
Post # 13
I 2nd the risotto suggestion. That’s about as elegant as pasta can get.
I think it’s tough because “formal” and “decadent” are very synonymous with expensive and extravagant. So it’s tough to imagine black tie, crystal chandeliers, a 12-piece band, and then scooping pasta with a choice of sauce.
I personally love the idea of family-style wedding receptions, but that goes hand-in-hand with a more casual/comfortable setting. You do run the risk of interrupting the ambiance with such an obvious attempt at cost-cutting.
Good luck figuring out what works for you!
Post # 14
I have to agree with the PP—to me, you’re either having a formal decadent black tie wedding (in which case I would assume a plated dinner service), or a more casual affair with a family-style dinner, for which pasta w/ a variety of sauces would be completely appropriate.