I'm not super excited about the menu choices

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

nelliemade :  Do they allow outside caterers? If so I’d choose a place with food you already love to cater. If not then ask what your options are as far as customizing the menu, have a tasting  and go from there. Food is really important to us so in your case I’d look elsewhere for a venue if the options didn’t excite me but it depends on how high a priority food is for your wedding.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I’d discuss the menu with them. Did they explicitly state that they’re not flexible on it? Since they have a new chef and they said they’re still building out the menu, they might a) not be quite finished with the appetizers either and b) might appreciate the feedback and input. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

I don’t like the fixed menu at ours so they agreed to make a custom one, definitely ask if thats an option.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Given it sounds like your Fiance is allergic to something heavily featured in the sample menu they provided (at least for apps), I think it’s reasonable to discuss other options with them.   Either them modifying the menu, or allowing you to use an outside caterer. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

nelliemade :  While my venue had a fixed menu, they also said if we had something specific, they could try and accommodate us. I would assume this is new and unexpected (if the chef suddenly passed away) and make a list of items you would like for them to try and make. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

nelliemade :  definitely doesn’t hurt to ask about other options. explain that you have guests – including your Fiance, who is half of the most important people considered – who have shellfish allergies, and so you’d like an entirely shellfish-free menu. the worst they can do is say “no, the menu is totally fixed and can’t be changed.” but best case scenario, they can create an exciting, delicious menu for you.

fwiw, my Fiance is celiac (so can’t eat gluten) and has a shellfish allergy. our caterer is doing an entirely gluten- and shellfish-free menu, because i feel strongly that the one day he shouldn’t have to worry about what he’s eating is at our wedding. so i would find a caterer that is willing to cater to you and your FI’s preferences.

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