(Closed) cut the soup or keep it?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: soup...
    yes! black tie= four courses, at least. : (10 votes)
    25 %
    nope, no one will miss it/unnecessary. : (21 votes)
    53 %
    only if you need to spend more to get to the catering min (unlikely) : (7 votes)
    18 %
    other :) : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    110 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t think if you omit the soup your guests will think it’s inappropriate. If you have room in the budget I would put it elsewhere. Good luck!

    Post # 4
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    People don’t even know how to RSVP properly. I doubt they know the guidlines to a black-tie dinner… Tongue out

    Post # 5
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I love soup! hehe

    I think it’s fine to leave it out though.  I didn’t even know that it was required/expected at a black tie event.

    Post # 7
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I’ve never heard of a rule that there has to be soup or 4 courses just because an event is black tie.

    Post # 8
    5886 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I would see if your cater can do something else during the cocktail hour or maybe serve sorbet or ice cream with the cake.

    Post # 9
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I love soup in the fall and winter, but since your wedding is in May, it might be too hot to have it.  Also, I’m the world’s biggest klutz, so I’d probably end up wearing it anyway! 

    Ooh, I like mmsva’s idea of serving sorbet as part of your dessert!  (I’m sure you never would have guessed that, seeing my user name.  LOL)  That would be so refreshing for that time of year, and it would look really elegant.

    Post # 10
    6830 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Personally I would forego the soup. I look at this way, black tie and soup. Soup tends to drip and I wouldn’t want to get soup on my formal attired

    Post # 12
    373 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’d skip the soup and do an intermezzo to cleanse the pallete before the entree or either an enhancement to you wedding cake like chocoate dipped strawberries or fruit. Would look very upscale for black tie.

    Post # 13
    5183 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would do the soup and an intermezzo. Be prepared for a lot of waste with such a heavy cocktail hour. Black tie events to me means I am having a 5-7 course dinner. I love black tie events ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 14
    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We paid (my husband and I) for our reception and since we needed to budget a bit, we decided the one thing we would cut out was the soup! (To save a little money) I don’t think anybody missed it. Just like you mentioned, we had lots of yummy hors d’ouvres, then a nice dinner and a warm apple blossom dessert, plus wedding cake. I think it will be fine! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ETA: We also had a salad course. Forgot to mention that!

    Post # 15
    212 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’ve been to several very formal weddings, and don’t recall soup… and was still stuffed at the end of the meal. I don’t even really like soup, and definitely wouldn’t like spilling it on my dress. I’ve never had soup without finding a few splashes on my shirt later!

    Post # 16
    629 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would scrap the soup.  I worked as a catering manager for awhile, and soup is always a nightmare to serve at weddings.  It’s sloppy and splashes around in the cups when the servers are trying to get it to the tables…and half of the times it’s not as warm as it should be when the guests get it because you just can’t serve it fast enough.  It’s just a hard thing to do for a large group of people.  The only time that I saw it go well is when someone chose a soup that had a giant crostini covering the top of the cup…it kept it warm and nothing spilled.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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