Post # 1
Main dishes: Chicken Parmesan or Beef Lasagna (or salad, see end note)
Side dishes: Salad and Bread sticks
Drinks: Lemonade and water
We’re thinking about doing buffet style and just ordering half chicken and half beef and letting people decided at the wedding. There is a option to choose on the wedding website (there wasn’t enough room on the RSVP) but no one has used it yet.
Now, about the salad. The salad is not being catered, but it actually one of our wedding presents. It’s full a variety of leafy greens and root vegetables. She even agreed to make it extra “meaty” (lol can’t think of a better word to use there) so we can use it as our vegetarian option.
Also, to date, no one has chosen the veg option. We’re inviting over 100 people so you think there would be at least a few in there, but we even when through the list and couldn’t think of anyone we invited who’s a known vegetarian. Of course we want to have the veg option just in case… Do you think a salad and bread would be enough?
Post # 3
It sounds delicious! However, will there be a cocktail hour or some form of appetizer besides salad and bread? For me it would be enough, but some may think you need extra.
Post # 4
@MiraJo: I don’t think a salad is really enough to constitute a meal, but I don’t really know what kind of salad it is.
I think the menu overall sounds heavy for a mid-summer wedding, but that’s just a personal opinion.
Post # 5
@MiraJo: Salad and bread would not be enough for my veggie cousins, but they would have told you that they needed a special meal. Most people with strict food restrictions are happy to let you know 🙂
Post # 6
I think you need some hors d’oeuvres. A description of the salad would help me understand whether it could serve as a meal. It may also be nice to have the salad available for those eating meat as well…I like to have both meat and vegetables in a meal.
Post # 7
Is the same “meaty veg” salad being served to everyone as a course? Or, is it just the vegetarian entree option? If it is just the veg option, what happens if no one orders it? Do you not get that “present”?
Also, is the caterer ok with outside food being served? Most venues/caterers I’ve worked with (I was previously an event planner) expressly forbid this as an insurance and liability measure.
Post # 8
I assume the chicken parmesan comes with some kind of sphagetti in which case there will already be pasta for the dinner, so if there are vegetarians I would give them pasta for their entree not a salad. You yourself are callling the salad a side, so that should answer the question whether a side for one person is enough to be another person’s entree.
Post # 9
I would add a straight up vegetable as a side.
Post # 10
What about lasagna without meat in it? Then it would be the second entree and double as the veggie option. Just a thought
Post # 11
To everyone who asked for a better description of the salad: I will have to get back to you on the details. From memory though it was giant, had more vegetable than greens, and the greens it did have were like spinach and romaine lettuce, and I believe there were some beans
@MexiPino: I’m hoping they let me know! I’ve technically asked twice now and no one has spoken up, but I’ll still feel bad if we don’t meet someone’s dietary needs.
@OldMrsMcDonald: Yes, the salad is a option to everyone. The caterers are leaving 2 servers who will be instructed to give larger portions of the salad to people who don’t pic up a meat option.
@OldMrsMcDonald: The salad has been cleared by both the venue and the caterer
@mrscash: I hadn’t thought if that. Yes, the chicken parmesan does come with spaghetti… I don’t really know any vegetarians, so would the spaghetti touching the chicken be a problem?
@Isabelle663: We thought about that, but we we’re very impressed with the veg lasagna, and since no one has told us they can’t eat it yet, we’re assuming that there are going to be only a few people at most who we will have to accommodate.
Post # 12
@MiraJo: You asked TWICE? I would seriously not even give it another thought. Really– vegitarians will absolutely have let you know by now. Besides, it’s just one meal in the grand scheme of things. My cousins eat before going to their meat-happy side of the family. It’ll be fine.
Post # 13
@MiraJo: We’re thinking about doing buffet style and just ordering half chicken and half beef and letting people decided at the wedding. There is a option to choose on the wedding website (there wasn’t enough room on the RSVP) but no one has used it yet.
If you’re doing a buffet, people will want to try both, so just make sure you have enough food to accomodate that. I’ve never been told, at a buffet, that I had to choose between the two mains, so would find that a little odd.
Post # 14
@sailor: Really? I hadn’t even considered that… I’ve never been to a wedding that wasn’t buffet style and usually the server asks which option you want. Without a server I can see how people might get both options, but is it still a problem when here are servers?
Post # 15
If it’s common in your area and the buffet is not self-serve, disregard my post. I’ve just never seen it so would be a bit thrown off.
Post # 16
@MiraJo: as a vegetarian I would be totally satisfied with a nice salad and bread 🙂