(Closed) List actual meals or just the option (veg/chicken/beef)

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think if I were receiving the invite, my preference would be to know what the actual meals are before deciding.  However, if this isn’t feasible with your timeframe, I don’t think it will be an issue at all if you just listed vegetarian, chicken, beef and then decided later what the actual meals will be.  I’ve seen that many times before on invitations and honestly, I’ve never thought anything of it.

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

have you done the meal tasting? If you know what you are having then it would be nice to mention but it sounds to early for that. Are you doing a wedding website? We are listing chicken, fish, beef, vegetarian on the invitation and then updating the actual menu on the website when we know what it be specifically. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

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GypsieFlower:  Couldn’t you just send save the dates instead?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

We had enough room to put detailed descriptions on the insert/information cards and also put them on the website, as soon as we knew them/before the guests received their invitation. It certainly helps for it to be available, in some way.

My husband and I just got an invitation that said chicken, beef, salmon, vegetarian. There was nothing on the couple’s wedding website, so I looked up the website of the hotel/venue. They only offer 1 salmon and 1 vegetarian dish, so we know those. Then I had to search for a recipe of Vegetable Wellington to find out what that was. (Looks good to me!)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I’d prefer to know what the actual options were… I don’t have much preference between chicken/beef until you say something like “beef smothered in mushrooms” (blah!). But I’m a picky eater… I almost always pick chicken and my fiance usually picks beef and then i hope that i like one of them! (he likes pretty much anything)

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

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GypsieFlower:  unless the accompaniments/sides are the same, IMO you should write the whole thing out, as the sides may well influence people’s choices. We had a chicken, steak, salmon and vegetarian option, as well as options for our starters and desserts, and we gave the full descriptions as the sides were very different (steak came with sautéed potato and wilted spinach; chicken with a mushroom, leek and pancetta risotto and chicken veloute; salmon with spring onion and herb crushed potatoes and white wine veloute). We didn’t wanted someone ordering ‘chicken’ and then not liking it because they hate risotto, for example. It also made it easier for anyone with dietary requirements/restrictions/allergies to notify us of potential issues. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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GypsieFlower:  If you don’t know what the meals are, you can’t put them on there. I would rather always know the specific meal – for example, I’m ususally choose chicken, but if it’s something like chicken marsala (I hate mushrooms), I’d choose something else. 

Is there any way to just get them the information they need without sending the actual invitations yet? Can you just email everyone with the accomodation info? 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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GypsieFlower:  we had a “menu” insert in our invitations that listed the meal choices including a detailed description of each meal. We also noted that the steak option would be cooked to medium (some people won’t order steak unless it’s cooked a certain way so we felt we needed to add this detail) 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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GypsieFlower: I think, since it’s your family and you clearly know them well enough to (or your parents do), you should just call the selection of folks who need to make accomodations now for traveling and send invitations in a normal time frame (6-8 weeks before the wedding). 6 months is way too early and I would want to know if I’m choosing salisbury steak or prime rib or noodles with marinara or a really good vegetarian option…in addition to the fact that I’d forget about an invitation for 6 months from now. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Agreed with posters telling you to hold off and to send the invitations at the normal 6-8 week mark. 

I would send either save-the-dates for people who need travel information. You could call those individuals or just write nice hand written notes with all of the details. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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GypsieFlower:  Yes you need to write what meal they will be getting at the reception so they can be prepared. Why don’t you just send out a save the date that what they are for to let guest know ahead of time when the wedding will take place.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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GypsieFlower:  I would hold off on invites and just send save the dates.  All you need on the save the date is your name, date, and city where it will be held.  You don’t need any other information.  It makes no sense to send invites when you don’t have all of the information.

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