Help pick our wedding menu!

posted 12 months ago in Food
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

If I could choose I would want a vegetarian option for an entree and salmon (sounds so good btw) for the main. That might just be me though. I don’t like too many meat courses. I want light meals so I don’t get sleepy 😅

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Please take what I’m going to say with a grain of salt,  because you know your guests best and you know what they will and won’t eat. But I wouldn’t seve any if those entrées at a wedding. So many people won’t eat veal for ethical reasons, and pork and prawns run into trouble for religious reasons. Especially as you’re doing alternate serves and people won’t get to choose what they’re given. I think they’re very risky options.

They all sound delicious and I’d order them at a restaurant in a hurry. I just wouldn’t serve them in large gatherings unless I knew for a fact I had no one opposed to veal and no guests who kept to a kosher or halal diet.

I’d probably have at least one of the gnocchi, salmon or tart to start. If you want to include one of your first choice entrées, I think it’s okay so long as people who can’t eat it can trade for a safer choice if they get served it.

The chicken is a good main. I’d do the sirloin as the second main.

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

Omg they all sound amazing! I have to say veal is quite controversial though so I’m not sure if that’s a good idea. The lamb as a main sounds amazing!! (I take it you’re Australian and hence the barra? Most Aussies like lamb)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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@vw97:  I’d also be careful no one is bringing a date with those same dietary restrictions. That tripped me up a couple of times when planning!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

my opinion is skip the veal. I love food so much, but I do not eat veal, and I personally don’t really know many people who do. The prawns sound delicious. So does the potato gnocchi. For the main, I would go with the sirloin and chicken. Yum!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2020 - Seattle, Washington

Just chiming in! Obviously you know our guests better than anyone, so feel free to ignore my input if you’d like. The two vegetarian options sound amazing (I actually want to make some gnocchi for dinner tonight now.) I would be cautious around any fish option, though. I know the “traditional” menu is chicken/beef/fish/veg. but besides my partner and I, no one in our circle is a big fan of fish. 

But honestly, it all sounds great! Don’t think there’s a lot of ways you can go wrong here. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

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@vw97:  For the main course, definitely either the chicken breast, salmon or beef sirloin.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I would personally nix the chicken breast for a main course – mass prepped chicken breast normally isn’t that great and so many of the other options sound much better – you know how people always refer to the typical “dry wedding chicken” – I would want to avoid that when you have such an amazing sounding menu.

FWIW I had tableside ordering at my wedding so everyone got the full description when they selected their dinner. I had a filet mignon, a medeteranian white fish, a chicken dish, and a vegan/gluten free dish – less than 5 guests out of my 200 choose the chicken. If they had dietary restrictions and went with the Vegan/Gluten free (it was a fresh corn summer risotto) – a lot of the “lighter” eaters loved the fish and like 100 of my guests chose the steak.

I would personally choose a the beef sirloin and the crispy salmon. Hope this helps!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I AM SO HERE FOR THE PRAWN AND HERB TORTELLINI!!!!!!!!!!! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM 

and The carmelized onion 

 

For main, I would do salmon, and Sirloin…. and since you said you have a menu for the vegetarians/vegans… I think you will have a nice selection! 

Chicken is always a good choice but I feel like it’s really easy to have nasty chicken when prepared to serve masses.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

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@vw97:  Personally, you have a vegetarian/vegan menu. You’re being accommodating so if people don’t like the meat options they’re welcome to choose a vegetarian/vegan menu. You know your people so go based on what will please the masses.

My personal preference: 

Main: Prawn tortellini and veil for

Entree: Chicken and duck confi or roasted lamb

Wedding food should be good and fun! Again, pick what sounds the best and will please the most. Offer the vegetarian/vegan options for anyone who doesn’t like the meat choices.

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I’d be wary of doing the prawns, between shellfish allergies and people who may not eat shellfish or pork for religious dietary reasons.  Shellfish allergies in particular are quite common.  

Since it sounds like you’re doing alternating plates, I’d be worried about having too many dishes that have high risk of not being something a guest could consume. Will you have enough of the vegetarian option on hand to ensure you’re able to feed folks who have a food allergy or dietary restriction you were not aware of?  

Veal can be controversial, but I think you’ll know your audience best on this – I know it’s more common in some areas/communities/cultures.

I’m not a picky eater (aside from having to avoid some items due to food allergies), but that menu would be a bit challenging for me.  I can’t do shellfish, (finned) fish due to allergies, or pork (religious dietary).  

Among people who do eat pork, I think pork belly can be polarizing.  A lot of people find it too fatty to be palatable, whereas other people love it. When we got married, it was on the list of things our caterer would do if you really wanted but she recommended against it, from seeing a lot of wasted/uneaten pork belly over the years.

When we asked about food allergies/dietary restrictions on our RSVPs, I was actually surprised by how many more people indicated they couldn’t eat shellfish & pork than we had anticipated.  There were a few other dietary issues we had to work around, but shellfish and pork were the biggest by far.  I’d have to dig out my spreadsheet to be sure but we had twice as many people who couldn’t eat either of those than we thought we would have.

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