Post # 1
FH and I decided to offer one entree for the wedding. It’s a chicken dish, we haven’t decided what yet. Part of this is due to the fact that our wedding list has gone from 175 to 250, and part of it is due to the fact that we don’t want to have to keep track of what everyone’s ordered. Plus, generally people who eat beef will eat chicken, so I am not concerned with people “liking” chicken. We will, of course, take into consideration vegetarians separately.
I’m printing invites this week, and just got a call from my dad. He thinks we should offer a choice of entrees, or maybe even do family style. I really do NOT want to do family style, and to be honest, another couple thousand dollars really isn’t in the budget.
My father’s response is that I have money in the bank, that I can expect to get some money from the wedding, and that my parents have already given me money for the wedding and that could go toward “upgrading” the entrees. Problem is that the money was given to us a year ago and has since been assigned to different wedding things.
So my question isn’t if my dad should pay for it, or if I can, but is anyone else just offering one entree?
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
We’ll definitely have a veggie option for vegetarians (our photographer even requires a veggie meal, and I was a vegetarian for years so I know what it’s like to have junk food).
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
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.