(Closed) Is my menu cheap? Thoughts please.

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: What do you think I should do with my menu? (please read first)

    Change to just chicken for everyone & use the $ towards something else

    Keep the grouper & just chicken option

    Add the beef option & cut 50 people from guest list

  • Post # 3
    697 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Um, no definitely not cheap.  A lot of brides would kill to have a menu like this.

    Post # 4
    2389 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think grouper and chicken is great, I think just chicken is also fine.  I assume there’s also a vegetarian option available even if it’s not publicized.

    I think your Future Mother-In-Law is ridiculous.  I’ve been to plenty of weddings without a beef option – do people really need beef every time they eat a meal?  No.  Sounds like if she wants that upgrade so bad she can pay for it.

    One thing you don’t mention is any kind of vegetable – is there a salad or are veggies served as a side dish?

    Post # 5
    10355 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Not cheap. Kind of over the top, honestly.

    If you have SEVEN appetizers, will people even be able to eat dinner? And if you are serving grouper as a main course, why have that as one of the passed apps?

    I think what you need is a vegetarian option, not a beef/fish option, honestly. There’s basically nothing for a vegetarian to eat.

    Post # 7
    1475 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I feel like I am in a similar situation to yours. We only have a chicken, fish (salmon), and a vegetarian option at our wedding. We also decided not to upgrade to inclusde the beef option because it would have brought up the price $15 more per person. I am also having a choice of 8 passed Hors D’Ouevres, an open bar all night, champagne toast and wine pour with dinner. I think that makes up for not having a beef option. I would much rather be at a wedding with an open bar.

    I justified not having a beef option by telling myself food was not a top priority – I don’t remeber what I had to eat at most of the weddings I have been to! The food is not what your guests will remember about your wedding!

    Post # 8
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

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    @crayfish:  Ditto. You have enough appetizers for me to not want dinner…

    Post # 9
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I would go with just the chicken if I were you since it would significantly reduce the costs. I think it’s okay to not have beef as an option.

    Post # 10
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    This looks fantastic. I personally as a guest wouldn’t mind a chicken-only option, but I do know some people who cannot eat chicken (I actually know two, I was really surprised but it’s a real thing, not crazy people).

    I definitely do not think you need to add beef. I would NEVER cut 50 people (or even 5 people) to add an extra meal option.

    Post # 11
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Definitely not cheap. However, it is extremely seafood heavy. I realize you are in Miami, but lots of people are scared of seafood (particularly if you have people flying in from other parts of the country). Personally I would be thrilled with this menu because I am a seafood lover, but I would consider switching some of the hors d’oeuvres for some non-seafood options (and make the first course a salad) in the interest of crowd pleasing. If someone is a vegetarian or was allergic to shellfish, they won’t be able to eat anything.

    Post # 12
    6262 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I would be totally happy with that, but I would keep the grouper. Is there a vegetarian option? If so maybe you could have that listed on the menu and then cut the fish.

    Post # 13
    2902 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Umm no that is a silly thing to say. Your menu looks delish. What about bumping up the Hors D’Ouevres  to have a few beefier options? That way guests wont notice a lack of beef for the main meal.

    Post # 14
    125 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Umm, not cheap at all!  Future Mother-In-Law is being rude. 

    We are having chicken as our plated dinner to save on costs. No beef option here.  We are also getting a vegetarian (penne pasta) meal for family members that don’t eat meat. 

    We also chose the venue for the location and water view and 5000 sq ft elegant ballroom.  I feel like the last thing people are going to say when they look back on the night is “omgosh, I had to eat chicken!”


    ๐Ÿ™‚  save the $$ !!!

    Post # 15
    11735 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think it’s typical to have chicken and either beef/fish.  So, you have chicken and a fish option I think that’s fine. 

    I do think people should have a choice though, so I wouldn’t go with just chicken.


    Post # 16
    11266 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @SunshineLovin:  i don’t think it’s a cheap menu at all but i do think that there is too much fish and seafood throughout the menu.  i know many people who will not care for the menu due to this. 

    there is no reason to have grouper as an app and a main.  i would have a couple of vegetarian appetizer in lieu of the seafood ones.

    pork loin is another inexpensive meat that could be served at dinner.  i think more guests would choose pork over grouper.

    these are just some suggestions.  i don’t know your guests, you do, so you know best.

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