Post # 1
Hi Bees –
I was working on my timeline for the day off, and because we have 5 hours total for our ceremony and reception, and I want to maximize the time on the dance floor, I was thinking of cutting out the salad course…
We will have appetizers – 3 types of passed apps and a stationary fruit and cheese display. Dinner will be a chicken or fish with three sides – one starch and two vegetables.
I was thinking about cutting out the salad and going right into the dinner after the appetizers. I figure this will save us about 20 minutes and get everyone to the dance floor sooner!
Do you think the food options will be enough without the salad? Is it worth cutting it?
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!
Post # 3
I think you are fine. I thought about cutting the salad too (for the sake of time, like you) but honestly we could of left it out since we had apps plus the main entrees and dessert.
Post # 4
Is there a vegetarian option for the main dish? I would keep the salad if the only vegetarian option is to load up on cheese and sides. If there is a veg option, then I’d say go ahead and cut the salad.
Post # 5
I don’t think anyone will miss the salad course (at least I wouldn’t). Particularly since you’re serving 2 vegetables with dinner. I’m assuming this is plated service?
Post # 6
I think it depends on the formality of the wedding. If it’s a formal wedding, cutting out a salad course is weird. If it’s less formal, then I think you’d be fine!
Post # 7
I would think it was a little weird if I sat down and was immediately served my entree. I am used to having something come before, like a salad or app of some kind.
Post # 8
I’d rather dance than eat salad any day! 🙂
Post # 9
20 minutes is very little time in the grand scheme of the event… I’d keep the salad for the vegetarians and picky eaters
Post # 10
Skipping it is fine. One of my least favorite things about plated dinners at weddings is that it takes forever to complete the meal.
I like to linger over a nice dinner on a date with my husband, but at weddings, I don’t want to be rooted to my seat for that long. I want to dance!
Post # 11
If it was late enough and I was expecting dinner, I would definitely appreciate the dinner coming out faster. It would be different, but I don’t know if I would find it “weird”. I don’t know if it would make it less formal either. I’m really torn myself, as our dinner would be starting at 9.
Post # 12
I had a thread about the same thing a few weeks ago. We’ve decided it may appear on the plate with the mains, but definitely will not get it’s own course!
Post # 13
I would keep the salad course
Post # 14
You could also ask your caterer if you could do a “seat to salad” option. That is when the salad is sitting a the table when your guests go in to find their seat. That way they can eat it and have it cleared very fast. The servers won’t have to weave around guests to serve. I have noticed this as a trend in the last few weddings I’ve been to. Personally, I love it—because it speeds up dinner and gives guests more time on the dance floor!
Post # 15
@BrooklynWife: Thanks! Yes, I just talked to the venue and this is actually how they serve it! So, I think I am going to cut cocktail hour down to 30 – 45 mins and just do two passed apps and the fruit and cheese display instead of three passed apps and keep the salad!
Thanks for you help, bees!