(Closed) Offering one entree?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re doing a two-meet family style dinner because it has the double bonus of being a two-entree and not requiring me to find out what everyone wants.

If I were only offering one entree, I’d do chicken like you are.  That’s something anyone can enjoy.  Will your venue/caterer accommodate vegetarians too?

Post # 4
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are also doing two meat family style.  (@jenbrandner: it must be a Wisconsin thing!)  But I have been to plenty of weddings where chicken was the only option and that is always fine with me.  I think as long as people get enough to eat, they will be happy with whatever it is they’re eating!

Post # 5
2821 posts
Sugar bee

We basically only had one entree but I did have some people I knew were veggies so had a few veggie entrees made and a few more on hand in case there were any surprise people.  It worked out well.

Post # 7
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

One entree is fine as long as you have something for vegetarians too (which it sounds like you do).  Unless your parent’s specified when they gave you the money what they wanted it used for, you have every right to tell your dad that you have used that money for X, Y, and Z and don’t want to spend the money on additional entrees.

Post # 8
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Another option is to do a duet entree, so like one plate with smaller portions of chicken and something else (say, fish). I’m not a huge fan, but if you’re only offering one plate, it does increase your chances that there will be something on the plate that people will like.

Post # 9
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am only offering one entree!  It will likely be beef, although it may also be chicken.  First, the ease of it – no worries about who ordered what and where they are sitting and how many of each dish you need to order and the list goes on.  Second, cost – for us, it is something like an extra $8 PER MEAL if we want the option of two selections instead of one.  That is a LOT of money when you are already spending $50 per plate (before taxes and gratuities).  I personally think the extra money is not really worth it and the added complications and stress are more than you need to deal with.  Therefore, in my opinion, one entree is the simplest way to go.

I think most people will be happy with a chicken meal and the vegetarians will have their own option as well, so I wouldn’t worry about it if it is not in your budget! 

Post # 10
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think a one entree wedding dinner is fine as long as you pick something you think everyone will like, which it sounds like you are trying to do.  I don’t really think you can go wrong with a chicken dish.  Although I do like the idea that bmore posted above about offering a duet plate, with a smaller portion of two entrees on one plate.  That might make your dad and your guests happy but still keep costs under control.

Post # 11
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

My daughter had one beef entree, but also had some very nice side dishes that were like another entree.  One was a vegetarian type side dish.  I remember that they could have chosen a risotto with sausage, but they chose to just have it with mushrooms, since they were having the beef dish, and I also believe they had a nice eggplant side dish which was like another entree, they also had some rolls and a side salad and a lemon cauliflower, and it was only $14.00pp-I know a very good price!  Definitely feel free to call your caterer and give them a little bit of a direction and see what they can create for your wedding reception menu within your price range.  I know most caterers love to create and love a “challenge” to “show off” what they can do!!!  🙂 

Post # 12
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

i only offered one entree, chicken and i did it because it would be easier then keeping track of who wanted what at what table. i offered veg too and only one person got it.

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