Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall
OKAY so me and my fiance are having a somewhat formal (black-tie optional) wedding in this beautiful huge ballroom. I was looking at our choices for the menu and one of the options is a housemade ravioli filled with either sundried tomato, spinach and swiss cheese, or portebella mushrooms. This is served with a vegetable and sky is pretty much the limit on those. We are having a plated dinner and the venue we chose only allows one entree choice or they charge us more. We were originally thinking a protein but then I came across this and I think I would rather serve pasta as a main course as I am Italian and loveee pasta, it is also more filling. Obviously there are dinner rolls and salad that come before the meal and while we can afford to have chicken, pork, or steak the pasta dish is cheaper and is vegetarian friendly.
The chicken dish is a piece of grilled chicken topped with bruschetta
The steak are roasted beef medallions
The pork is topped with an apple glaze (very “fall” like)
My question to you is what would you prefer to eat at a sit down dinner? If we went with the cheaper option we would have more hors d’oeuvres served. The protein options will be served with a starch and a vegetable. Help a girl out and vote please!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre
@HC_IC721: I wouldn’t be pleased with a pasta. As for ‘vegetarian friendly’, your venue should offer vegetarian meals regardless of what you choose as your main. I say beef, but pork could be nice, too.
Post # 4
I think it will be hard to pick one and please most of your guests. Vegetarians won’t like meat (and even some non-vegetarians don’t like red meat) and mushrooms are considered gross by some. (Not me, I love mushrooms!) I know it is a cost, but it’s one I think you should consider offering two options.
If cost is really prohibitive, you can always have a buffet and offer more options. I assume most people would rather wait in line than be served something they can’t/won’t eat.
Post # 5
The ravioli sounds amazing, and I’m usually a big fan of meat. I would be very happy with the pasta.
ETA: I’m not too fond of pork though. That’s the only one of your dishes that I wouldn’t like.
Post # 6
@HC_IC721: Please take this with a grain of salt
My mother was a wedding photograher and we went to some pretty over the moon weddings along with some beautiful home style weddings. In complete honesty…I have NEVER had good wedding pasta…NEVER
We went to a wedding that the bride bragged about how it was costing her 400,000…They served pasta that was supposedly by an incredible chef, it was still just “meh”
The best food is usually some sort of common meat that most people will enjoy (chicken and beef come to mind). This meat is also best when soaking in sort of juice so that is is not dry or getting stale.
It is worth the extra coast to provide an extra option
Post # 7
I’m not a vegetarian, but I rarely eat meat. I assume that you will have non-meat containing appetizers, but if I didn’t know that the main dish was primarily meat I wouldn’t fill up before hand (and thus be hungry later on in the night since at most venues hors d’oeuvres are taken away during dinner so I couldn’t even sneak any more!!) Are any of your guests vegetarian?Some venues let you order seperate dishes for vegetarians (as long it is for fewer than 5-10% and at the same price as a your meat dish, but without the surcharge added to every head). My fiance absolutely loves meat and dispises veggies though, so we could swap but I still would probably think “man I wish they had a dish I could eat.”
I just wanted to give you the opinion of person who typically dislikes meat…
Post # 8
I would be happy with the ravioli, as they sound amazing and I very rarely eat meat and my fiance is vegetarian.
Obviously, there’s something of a split in what people are saying here, so having more than one option would probably be a good idea. I don’t think everyone will be happy with/able to eat only one entree option no matter which single one you pick. If you do pasta, then people who can’t eat gluten or dairy wouldn’t have anything to eat, if you do meat then vegetarians and vegans and just people who don’t like a certain type of meat won’t have anything for their entree. I personally would eat any of the options other than pork.
How much more does it cost to have 2 entree options? Is it prohibitive?
Post # 9
@HC_IC721: I would personally prefer the chicken or pasta (but i hate mushrooms) It’s really tough to pick 1 entree that will please all of your guests. Perhaps a buffet is a better option ? It sounds like your wedding will be fancy so i would seriously consider having at least 2 entree options.
My wedding will be semi-formal and i’m having a sit-down dinner just like you. Guests will get to pick from 3 options. They will be asked what their choice is right before getting served.
Post # 10
I think if you are having a wedding that is pretty formal it might be odd to just have pasta for dinner. If you decide on a meat option the venue will most likely have a veggie option for vegetarian and vegans.
Post # 11
I think the pork sounds the best, but I’m probably in the minority. I’ve never had good chicken or beef at a wedding. Plus I just love pork!
Post # 12
@MrsC2014: Yeah, I was hesitating to bring that up, but a black tie wedding typically would have tableside ordering (with several different choices for each course).
Post # 13
@HC_IC721: I don’t know why people get so up in arms about a wedding dinner not having meat. I love pasta and would be happy with it as long as there’s enough of it. With cocktail hour plus bread and salad and wedding cake and drinks, anyone should be satisfied. Its not like your guests eat meat for every dinner of their lives. And its on your dime, so your choice! It’s not like this is an inconvenience at all. It’s just like if you went to dinner at a friend’s house and they served you food that you may not pick yourself. It’s still a free meal that’s probably going to be good. If anyone is actually that angry about it, I think it’s their problem.
Post # 14
I would probably go with the pasta, as not everybody eats meat or likes the same kind of meat. But with only 1 dish available, you’re not going to be able to please everybody.
Post # 15
@juliana192: But would you stick around your friends house for several hours and dance, or would you peace out early and get something to eat? I get hangry, and while most of those options are great for me (except pork), my Fiance would not eat the mushroom pasta, so we would likely leave earlier.
Is it important to her that people stay til the end and is it worth it to make room in the budget? It’s up to her, but if you don’t fill bellies with something they like, people will likely get too drunk (from lack of food) or leave early because they are hungry.
Post # 16
I looove raviloi and would pick that in a heartbeat. My number two choice would be the pork. To counter pp’s anecdote about never having good pasta. I had spinach tortellini at the last wedding I went to and it was great. I was so glad I got the pasta because the steaks that came out were bigger than both of my hands together and would have been waaay too much meat for me.