(Closed) No beef or no chicken at reception?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: Meal choices

    Beef and fish

    Chicken and fish (and there will be some red meat at cocktail hour)

    Gotta stick with beef and chicken!

  • Post # 2
    9443 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I think as long as there is a non-fish option it’s fine.

    Post # 3
    6216 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Too vague a question – what kind of fish, beef and chicken?  If it’s steak vs. chicken smothered in mushrooms, for instance, my answer will be very different than if it’s parmigiana or something.

    Post # 4
    1197 posts
    Bumble bee

    IMO fish will be fine, as long as it isn’t shellfish. Too many food allergy concerns or religious restrictions to mess with.

    My fiancé has his heart set on lamb and I wanted seared rare ahi tuna… he thinks those two are fine as the only (non-vegetarian) options but I’m thinking I will need to change my fish to chicken and just eat the vegetarian meal myself. Lol

    Post # 5
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

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    sweetink :  were doing a steak and salmon… I’m not a huge fan of chicken 

    i agree it depends on what type of fish and what your crowd is.

    Post # 6
    694 posts
    Busy bee

    Yep, definitely depends on the type of beef or chicken. Can you elaborate?

    Post # 7
    1509 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

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    sweetink :  Are you doing alternating plates?  

    I literally just went to a wedding that served beef and fish – and there were a lot of guests trying to swap for the beef, and probably half the ones that were ‘stuck’ with the fish barely ate it – it seemed like a very unpopular choice.  I had the fish, and it was cooked extremely well and I enjoyed it.

    You know your crowd – are they seafood eaters?  If you are fairly confident they are, then go for it, but if you aren’t sure or know several don’t like it, then I would stick with the classic beef + chicken combo. 

    Post # 8
    2168 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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    sweetink :  I went with beef and chicken because my partner and I don’t eat fish. 

    Beef and chicken have universal appeal and are unlikely to cause any real issues if you have veggies catered for already. 

    Post # 9
    4964 posts
    Honey bee

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    sweetink :  I went to a wedding once with a one-selection plated meal. I thought it was a bit risky. It was fish but it was good and I’m not a picky eater to begin with. If the fish was absolutely delicious from your tasting, do fish and beef. Most weddings I have been to do fish and beef anyway. 

    Post # 10
    319 posts
    Helper bee

    In my area fish/seafood is very popular, especially if it’s fried or blackened. So fish would do well here. However when it comes to food for large crowds, I’m always for the “safer” options just to be universal which is why I chose beef and chicken. I’ve just been to so many events where a lot of food or desserts were not eaten due to steering away from more popular options. If you are doing RSVP’s and will let them put their entree choice, I don’t see how doing fish or chicken/beef would be a bad thing though bc you’ll already know ahead of time.

    Post # 11
    480 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I’m giving the option of beef, chicken, and salmon. I have a very picky family, and meal times are always rough to get people to agree. 

    Post # 12
    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I really think it depends on your crowd. If you know for sure that there’s a large percentage of seafood lovers, I’d say that fish is okay, and probably chicken for the entree, as there’s red meat later. However, if you don’t know what they all like, or not a great percentage of them are seafood lovers, I’d stick with chicken and beef to ensure that everyone is able to eat something they enjoy.

    Post # 13
    7935 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    is your only choice fish or vegetarian?  i don’t eat fish, so i’d unhappily pick the vegetarian option.

    at my wedding the choices were crabcake, steak, or vegatarian option.

    Post # 14
    390 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Just because I’ve been attending weddings with my chicken-hating father all my life, my instinct is to suggest some beef or another red meat.

    Post # 15
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    youngbrokebride :  Is alternating plates a thing? I’ve never heard of that, but it sounds like a terrible idea. I can see why people were trying to trade. 


    My order would be beef>chicken>fish. If you must have the fish dish, I would do the beef with it. But as PP said, it does kind of depend on the specific dish as well. 

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