Post # 1
We finalized our menu back in December….I’m working with our designer on our menu cards and I’m just now realizing we didn’t pick any vegetarian entrees. Doh! We’re having stations and our “package” came with a pasta station but I remember us wanting to add on an additional southern station (BBQ chicken skillet and a build your own BBQ (pork) sundae bar) so we dropped it completely (we meant to go back and add a different vegetarian dish but never did because we thought we already had a lot of food and didnt want to waste). Fiance and I went through our guest list and could only pinpoint 2 maybe 3 vegetarians.
Did we make a huge mistake by not having a vegetarian dish?
Our menu is as follows (3 passed hor d’oeuvres (2 vegetarian), salad, beef & turkey carving station, 2 southern stations (bbq chicken and bbq sundae), 3 wedding cake flavors & ice cream sundae bar).
Post # 2
I would contact your caterer and see if you can add a vegetarian option. Two hor d’oeuvres options and a salad is not enough.
Post # 3
Didn’t you just answer your own question? You have 2 or 3 vegetarians and 4 different meats. The only thing for them to eat is 2 apps and salad. And ice cream.
Post # 4
Contact the caterer. They can usually add a pasta dish or two if the order is big enough with no trouble.
Post # 5
Many caterers offer a “silent” vegetarian option which is just part of the package and yet goes unadvertised on your menu (those people that want it would just need to ask for it) so you might want to ask your caterer!
Post # 6
Can you have a few plated meals for the vegetarians so you don’t have to provide enough on the buffet for a lot of people who might fancy it on the day?
Post # 7
Not necessarily. If you only have a few vegetarians, you don’t need a whole station. Most caterers will prepare individual plates for those with dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc). So first step is talk to your caterer and find out if they can do a plated meal for the few vegetarians you have. If not, and the only food available is your stations, then yes you need to add a vegetarian station. Also, are you sure there aren’t any other dietary restrictions you’re missing? Did you ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions?
Post # 8
So did you nix the pasta station? I would absolutely have something for the vegetarians. Even if you can only pinpoint a few, there might be other people who would want it (or are recent vegetarians, or can’t eat the other things you have due to allergies or whatever).
eta – whoops saw you did nix it. Missed that part.
Post # 9
You’d be surprised how many non-vegetarians will take the vegeterian entree if given a choice. I have sometimes. OP, I would contact the cateerer and ask to add another option.
As an aside, it doesn’t sound like the menu you have right now has enough food.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
My menu is the choice of 3 dinners, beef chicken or salmon. I asked what happens if someone is vegetarian or has allergies and cannot eat one of the chosen dinners, they told me they will make a special meal upon request of a guest for allergy or vegetarian friendly at no extra cost to me. Since I only have a few people it would affect so I told them individually that they can tell the server their dietary needs and they will make something specific for them like a grilled portabella mushroom or something.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t have it availble for the non veggies. I asked on my invites and gave the caterer the list of names and which table the vegetarians would be at. They were served their plate to take up to the buffet with their main dish on it as the rest of their table went up.
Post # 12
We had a veg. option however only 1 person out of 17 wanted it because apparently the 16 were allergic to mushrooms. Luckily our venue was really nice and did pasta options for the other guests. I had to make sure the venue knew what pasta went to which person. It was such a pain in the butt.
Post # 13
Can you put the pasta station back in? Pasta generally is a hit with most people and kids so it’s not like the pasta is only for the three vegetarians and wasted on others. Your wedding is enough months away that it shouldn’t be a big deal to tweak the menu? good luck!
Post # 14
As a lifelong vegetarian it really sucks when you go somewhere for a long event and can’t eat. It really ruins my time because vegetarians typically also need to eat more frequently so I just end up hangry. At the very least I would warn them so they can pack some emergency protein bars. Especially because it doesn’t seem like you have many sides they can pick at
It shouldn’t be necessary to have a whole menu item. I would just add a check box that says “vegetarian” on the invite and ask the caterer if they can make a few plates of pasta with sauce.
Post # 15
um thanks for your help, i guess. if i’m asking the question, no i dont think i answered it myself.
we just stuffed our invites, we asked about dietary restrictions on the rsvp card so we’re not 100% sure of every allergy just yet. we also put it on our website and encouraged people to contact us if they had any.
sunnierdaysahead2 : jellybellynelly :
thought about this too! since we are having a southern station, what if people just don’t want bbq (or the other options)?! we def want to be respectful.
i only listed the main parts of our menu. i.e the bbq sundae bar has things like hush puppies, slaw, fried okra, baked beans for guests to either eat as a side or on top of their bbq.
Thanks everyone, I will take yalls suggestion and reach out to the caterer about their contengency plan for special dietary needs.