Post # 1
I’m having a “disagreement” with my Fiance. At our venue we can have a choice of entree, however there is a big price difference between chicken and beef – like $13 per person. I say we just give everyone chicken (of course there is a veggie choice). He’s insiting that “everyone expects beef at a wedding.” What do you think? Is it ok not to have a choice? Or do we go with the choice of chicken or beef and just swallow the extra cost?
Post # 3
We aren’t having beef at the wedding so no, I don’t believe that everyone “Expects” beef. We are however doing a choice between chicken, salmon or pasta. It is nice to have choices as a guest. Can’t the venue do something else that would be comparable to the price of the chicken?
Post # 4
It’s always nicer if people get a choice, but do what you can afford.
Post # 5
I don’t think everyone “expects” beef necessarily. You also have to think about your guest list. Are there a lot of people that aren’t red meat eaters? You might consider the old chicken or beef option. But if price is a really big concern, go with chicken for everyone.
Post # 6
I don’t think anything is “required” but rather it is a bit more considerate to provide your guests choices. When you are trying to accomodate a great number of people it is typically more successful to give them a greater number of choices.
That being said no you don’t have to have beef but if you can accomodate for the extra choice in your budget then I would suggest doing so, or at least providing a second “meat” option.
Post # 7
Our contract didn’t allow for more than one entree choice (apart from veggie substitutes as necessary), so five of us had a tasting and just picked the one we liked best. Nobody complained about the lack of choice, they were too busy raving over how good the food was!
Post # 8
The last wedding I went to offered chicken marsala or mac and cheese as the entrees on the buffet. And it was awesome. 🙂
Post # 9
I think it’s fine. Where I grew up there weren’t usually a choice of entrees, so for me it’s a nice surprise when there’s a choice, but I don’t expect one.
Post # 10
Do what you can afford. There are people who will be happy with the chicken you give them and then there are people who will never be content no matter how many choices they have. So don’t worry about it and just do what is feassible for you.
Side story: we had FOUR entree options at our wedding. Chicken, fish, beef, veggie. We had a guest call to tell us that she doesn’t like any of the options and if we could just order her a filet mignon instead. HA!
Post # 11
@sfblondebee: I do not like beef much. I vote chicken and a vegan option.
Post # 12
I expect chicken and I actually prefer chicken to beef. Not everyone expects beef. You do not need to have a choice.
Post # 13
If you can’t afford it, don’t do it! As long as you are giving more than one option, you are fine. Even if the options are Chicken or Veggie.
Post # 14
We had 3 choices because some people couldn’t eat beef due to religious reasons, the Europeans didn’t like to eat fish and chicken was.. well.. boring (and well-known for being ‘cheap’).We also had a vegetarian option. The venue charges the same for all eventhough the vegetarian menu (3 courses) cost $120 less:(
As a guest, I would appreciate a choice. I don’t care so much if it’s expensive or cheap but a choice would be nice. Normally though, I’d pick beef or lamb.
Post # 15
We’re having a buffet that will have a chicken option and a vegetarian option. Fiance is from Texas and is all about red meat, but he actually suggested that we didn’t need to serve beef.
Post # 16
I’ve been to weddings where everyone got the same thing, and I was fine with that.