Post # 16
apple walnut blue cheese would be my pick. But I know not everyone likes blue cheese. Tossed salad is so boring, if you want to go safe I’d do caesar.
prime rib (I might prefer steak but I don’t trust steak being cooked for a huge crowd since everyone likes it cooked differently and prime rib is still good)
stuffed chicken breast (stuffed with what though?), chicken francese, or chicken marsala would all be good choices
then either the stuffed salmon or eggplant parm (just depending on your guests- if you have more veggie guests get the eggplant parm)
Post # 17
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
I agree with you on the tossed salad, especially if it comes with various dressings! DH is pretty picky about salads and will only eat them with ranch dressing – I think a lot of people like the option of choosing their own dressing, and I would guess that the Apple Walnut and Greek would have specific dressings to go with them.
For the entrees, I’d go with the Prime Rib, Chicken Cordon Bleu (unless the stuffed chicken sounds better – what’s it stuffed with?), and Pasta Primavera. I went to a wedding in October that had Chicken stuffed with ham and cheddar – it was my favorite dish at that reception. We had a similar setup at our reception, but our chicken was more like Chicken Francaise with a cream sauce rather than a butter sauce; that was a crowd pleaser as well.
Post # 18
I love chicken cordon bleu, I rarely get to have it so it’s definitely a top chicken contender lol
I agree with the tossed, I think that or caesar would be the most popular option among my guests!
Good point about the steak vs prime rib! I didn’t think of that. They are asking for a count for each meal they would need.
I’ve tasted some not all, we haven’t done a formal sampling/taste test or anything yet.
Eggplant parm is sooo good! 🙂
Post # 19
Then I would push back on the venue. They do not need a final count a month in advance. I would ask for a final count 2 weeks in advance and that you will provide them with a soft count (meaning any RSVPs that you have already gotten) a month in advance.
Post # 20
- Wedding: April 2017 - Not sure
I’d probably pick:
Tossed salad. Chicken Francaise, Stuffed Salmon, Pasta Primivera.
I’ve never been a fan of beef though. And if you have any vegans, the pasta primivera is perfect. If you know for a fact there are no vegetarian/ vegan guests, go for the prime beef rib option. That’s just what I’d do, honestly. Lol! I’m vegan, but I think I’m doing a beef, chicken, Pasta option for our guests. It’s so hard when you only have three options! Lol!
Eta: if you do have anyone vegetarian, Caesar salad is also out if they use classic caesar dressing. There is usually anchovies in there.
Post # 21
They do all sound so good, it is hard to choose! Lol
Post # 22
I agree tossed salad is boring (although my favorite out of everything on the list lol). Fiance family is..strange..about their salads lol. My side will eat almost all the salads on there but his side is all about the regular salad haha.
Yum that sounds good!
I will definitely talk to them! I just assumed this was standard practice for venues who didn’t have guests choose their meal at the table. Thanks!
I’m not a huge beef fan either! If it were up to my tastes only we would have 3 chicken dishes (I loveeee chicken! lol). But I figure a good portion of guests will want beef lol
Post # 23
100% agree about not picking the Apple Walnut Blue Cheese. I cannot stand blue cheese so I would leave the salad untouched. Tossed is your best bet. See if they can jazz it up though and add some walnuts, pecans, or cranberries to it.
For the entrees, I’d pick Prime Rib, and Stuffed Chicken Breast, but definitely find out what the homemade stuffing is. For veggie, I would prefer Pasta Primavera because I am a vegetarian who can’t have milk/cream/other dairy products, so it seems like a safer option to me.
You don’t have to list out what is in each dish on your RSVP cards, just list beef, chicken, vegetarian, etc. And, ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions. Then your chef can customize the meals of those who have allergies, etc.
Are you able to go for a tasting? When we went for ours, almost everything we thought we were going to pick ended up changing! We were also able to customize a bit by adding extra vegetables, making all the mashed potatoes vegan (SO GOOD), and creating a completely custom vegetarian dish as I wasn’t a fan of the options they had after tasting them. I had a second tasting as well with two of my bridesmaids and my mom to make sure we were completely happy with the meal. And the wine selections….
Post # 24
also remember that you might get charged based on the most expensive entree regardless of how many people pick each one (that is how it worked at my place) so I would try to stick with items that are about the same value so you don’t end up having to pay for steak when 70% of people get pasta (or something like that)
Post # 25
Wow, that is so great you were really able to customize your menu! I’ll have to talk to my venue and see what they offer!
That is a very good point!! I’m definitely going to ask about that, the difference between the cheapest meal and the most expensive meal is about $10. Not too much but for 130 thats almost $1500 that could be used elsewhere!
Post # 26
Salad (choose one): Tossed
Entree (choose three) served with chef’s accompaniments:
-Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
-Chicken Cordon Bleu
I am a sucker for chicken, so I’d either go with what I selected above, or the stuffed chicken breast (we had something similar… it was amazing!)
This is how our RSPVs worked with meal choices, just to give you an idea on what you can do. I made it from a blank postcard template on VistaPrint:
Post # 27
Apple Walnut Blue Cheese sounds amazing, but I understand the point of needing a salad that will meet everyone’s taste, so a tossed salad makes sense.
– Prime Rib
– Stuffed Chicken Breast (or Chicken Cordon Bleu)
– Eggplant Parm
(I’m biased, because I’m not vegetarian, but I love eggplant.) Something to keep in mind, though, is that Eggplant Parmesan won’t work for vegan guests, so you may want to go another route if you have vegans on your guest list.
Post # 28
From a standpoint of safest dishes to make the most people happy, I’d go with:
Tossed salad – no major allergens, standard salad option that most people will eat happily
Prime rib – less worry about it being dry, or cooked to a temperature that guests don’t like. It’s harder to mess with rare, medium, well done, etc.
Either chicken cordon bleu or chicken francaise – chicken can get dry and tough pretty easily, and those two tend not to get messed up. Plus, they’re tasty.
Eggplant parmesan – I’m not a vegetarian, but I hate when the vegetarian option is pretty much pasta with a few vegetables thrown on top. Eggplant parm is a real dinner, and I actually had several non vegetarians at my wedding pick that option.
Post # 29
The point about the difference in meal prices is actually kind of crazy – it can make a huge difference! We actually decided on chicken, fish, and veggie, and nixed the beef because the price difference was over $2,000! And that was a huge amount we could put towards decorations, florals, anything else!