(Closed) Bad Wedding Food

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Honestly I’ve not been to any event serving 100-300 people at the exact same time and had the food be great. It seems like way too challenging a feat. And I have never understood why steak is a popular wedding choice… how on earth could 100 steaks be cooked properly and still be hot and served at the right time? It bends the laws of physics or something. 

 

We went for a Mexican and Asian buffet. It might not be classy, but at least the food is of the type that will keep, stay hot, and be tasty. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m worried too about this, I have only been to one wedding ever that I walked away and actually thought the food was really good.

Tuna sounds really gross to me, I can’t imagine the smell of the whole place. $150-$250 a plate is expensive), I would expect everything to be PERFECT for that price!

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Hmmm that’s peculiar that out of 15 weddings not one had good food. I’ve been to about 8 weddings and 6 of them had great food, 1 had decent food and one was terrible.  

Maybe you’ve just had some weird bad wedding food luck? πŸ™‚  hopefully after eating so many bad wedding meals you’ve earned lots of good karma points so that your food will be awesome.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ohnyc:  I don’t remember all the meals at all the good food weddings, (I just remember them being good).  The last one i went to with good food had about 6 passed appetizers, spinach and strawberry salad with a cheese crisp, and chicken wellington with risotto cakes and steamed veggies.  it was SOOOO good.  they didn’t offer choices, (except an alternate vegetarian mean), and everyone was more than happy.

One had chicken kiev and one had beef stroganoff.  That’s all I remember.

A few of the good food weddings I’ve been to had family style dinner where various dishes were served for the whole table to share.  also awesome because you can take more of what you want and leave the stuff you don’t, (and still not have to get up like for a buffet or stations).  I think one of the had some sort of kabobs.

sorry I couldn’t be more help.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@ohnyc: I think you’re right that having a small wedding will help a lot. Even talented caterers can break down in quality a bit under the crushing pressure of getting plates out for hundreds of people in a timely manner.

I haven’t been to a lot of weddings, but my experience with formal banquet dinners in other circumstances led me to the conclusion that I did not want a plated meal at our wedding. The food is always lukewarm and fairly uninspired. How could it be, if they’re having to take the time to plate hundreds of meals in an attractive way? They have to sit there for a while, for sure.

If it helps reassure you, we had a buffet for 50 people and it was absolutely delicious! It helped that we went with a caterer with seriously tasty food, I’ve loved everything I’ve had from them. Creativity in a caterer is usually a sign of passionate investment in the quality of the food, so perhaps you could try looking for someone with inspired menu options – not just the same old fish and steak.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just went to a wedding last weekend that had amazing food.  It was a filet, a chicken en croute (I think I am spelling that right…anyway, it was chicken in a puff pastry), potatoes, and asparagus.  My steak was hot and cooked perfectly!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@ohnyc: We served a mixed greens salad (greens, strawberries, candied walnuts, lemon vinaigrette), caprese salad, mixed organic breads, ratatouille with wild mushrooms over polenta, pan-roasted wild salmon with tomato-basil vinaigrette, and a mashed potato bar. Our passed hors d’oeuvres were a mini tart with blue cheese, wild mushrooms and onion jam, a nectarine-goat cheese crostini, and caramel brownie bites (yes, before dinner – at my mother’s insistence). πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

All of the weddings at the hotels in town usually have bland food. I went with an outside caterer and his food is GREAT! That was one thing that my FH has always told me, “When we get married our food better be good”.lol

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Maybe I am easily pleased but I have for the most part had good food at weddings…some time it wasnt plentiful…but for the most part ok…there was one wedding I went to that the food was inedible…but that was it.

I am not worried about my food being bad! I have heard nothing but great things about the caterer I am using and our food will be served in stations…not sit down…so everything will be hot!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

for me food is one of the least things i worry about. you can have great food and still the reception will be quite crappy. i think like any get together or party, its more about the general ambience created by music/lighting and attitude of the hosts and how well everything is organised. i do want to serve my guests good food but its not somthing i’ll lose sleep over

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am proud to say we got compliments on our caterer’s food. We had a buffet and I think that’s the way to go. Plating and serving all that food and keeping it hot and not overcooked just isn’t possible.

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