Post # 1
Ok so I totally screwed up here. We are way over on our RSVPs…and now my venue can’t accommodate a buffet. My options are to ask 30+ people to not come to the wedding, or to move to a plated service so more tables can fit. Since I was originally going with buffet, there were no menu options on the RSVPs. Would it be in totally poor taste to offer one selection – middle of the road, so some kind of chicken with salad, sides, etc. Thechampagne chicken they offer is delicious at least. If I go with a lower cost plated selection (at this time I can stay at the same price point for plated as what buffet woudl cost, or I can go lower like champagne chicken), I could add additional appetizers to “make up” for just having chicken. I feel bad either way…I can’t believe it got so out of control but my family (me included) didn’t want to say ‘no’ to people that were willing to come from out of the state/country 🙁 At our final count I couldn’t believe we were so much over…I just feel terrible!
Post # 3
I think as long as you have a vegetarian option for any veggies in the group, a no choice dinner is fine.
Post # 4
Some of your guests might have dietary restrictions that might not work with 1 entree. Given your situation, I think it would be okay to offer 1 entree as long as you offer several heavy appetizers/side dishes so people who can’t eat chicken (or don’t want to) can still have a full meal.
Post # 5
I don’t think you are screwed. When I go to fancy fund-raising dinners, there’s no menu choice and everyone survives. Pick the yummiest plated dish and serve that!
Post # 6
I was to a wedding once where each guest chose a menu card when coming in/ getting their seat. When the serving staff walked around they dispursed the food acording the the menu card next to the guest. Also is family style an option?
Post # 7
chicken is safe. Go for it. As other PPs said, and is always standard, you need a vegetarian option.
Post # 8
When I go to fancy work functions (regularly) they usually only serve a chicken dish, but have the “secret” option of a guest requesting a vegetarian plate (which is usually MORE sides, sans chicken).
Post # 9
It is common practice at banquets and fundraisers to offer only one entree. Stop worrying about it. Ask the caterer to have a veggie option available . People will ask the servers if one is available when they start serving the chicken.
Post # 10
I can pretty much guarantee that there are no vegetarians amongst any of the guest, but it would be totally appropriate to ask the venue to have a few veggie options.
I wish either were an option, but they’re not 🙁
Post # 11
@SugerPlum: It will be totally fine!! Don’t worry!! As long as you have something for the vegetarians/vegans it will be great. Oh,if no vegetarians you are totally good to go!
Post # 12
I’m at work trying to to cry for being such a bad hostess! Thank you guys for your input!
Post # 13
I have been to several weddings and events where there is only one menu choice (but an option for vegetarians who asked). At one event, they had a petite filet and a small portion of chicken on the same plate, as well as a few sides. This might work well for you if you are comcerned about not having a choice.
Post # 14
Even if no one is a vegetarian, sometimes people ask for the vegetarian meal if they don’t eat chicken (I do this when I see that the chicken is served on the bone).
Post # 15
This may not even be an option, but if you wanted to do a buffet could you put it on the dance floor, eat first, then take it down after dinner? I work at a catering company and we see this all the time where there’s not enough room for the buffet. This is what we’re doing at my reception, and I’ve never seen an issue with this.
Maybe this wouldn’t work for you, but I thought I’d throw it out there!
And stop feeling bad about wanting to share your day with so many people! At the end of it, they’re not going to remeber what they ate, but they will remember how happy you guys were!
Post # 16
I would do chicken but have servers inform people that there is a veggie selection as well.