Post # 1
Silly question of the day:
Our tasting is coming up, so we’re trying to narrow down our choices of entrees to try.
Our venue gives our guests a choice of 2 entrees (and of course they have vegetarian/kosher etc options separately) to be pre-determined upon RSVP.
Our original thought was pretty standard- chicken/fish or beef. But I’m totally horrified that everything will be tough and overcooked.
Then I realized that the crabcake costs the same as the beef choices. (The chicken and fish are $8-10 less expensive).
Upon discovering this, I suggested that we offer crabcake or chicken. But, that got vetoed by my fiance and my dad.
Then my dad suggested beef or crabcake. At first I said no, thinking it would cost too much. But then he pointed out that given the choice between chicken/fish and beef, most people would choose beef anyway, thus the price difference shouldn’t be too bad.
So, my question to all of you who had pre-set menus:
-What percentage of your guests chose beef?
-What percentage chose the less expensive option? What did you offer?
This is such a hard call- having a guest list of 150-175 at an all inclusive venue means that depending on RSVP count and who chooses what meal, we could have a cost difference of thousands of dollars.
Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
Well all of our options cost the same so we didn’t really choose them based on price. But in the end it broke down to this:
1 Vegetarian Pasta
Oddly enough for our rehearsal dinner the selections were totally different with fish being the most popular option by far, (I don’t have the exact numbers though)
Post # 4
I was 66% beef over vegetarian and chicken choices. Depending on your guests you might have a few disappointed people overing seafood / white meat only, but obviously you should go with what you think will be best!
Post # 5
Beef Pot Roast – 179, Chicken Marsala- 123, Vegetarian Butternut Squash Ravioli- 19, Kids meals- 40.
Chicken was a dollar less than beef, veg was three dollars less than beef, and kids’ meals were ten dollars less than beef.
I’d say that while I *love* seafood and would want the crabcake, it seems that beef or chicken would give everyone something to choose from.
Post # 6
38 beef, 43 chicken, 12 other which were 8 vegetarian, 2 vegan, 2 kids meals.
They were all basically the same price point, I think. Don’t know for sure.
Post # 7
This is so frustrating baaahhh.
Post # 8
I’m super excited, we just started getting our rsvps back and have started our food count tally. We are doing lamb instead of beef because its our absolute favorite, and got a bit of flack for it from my mother, despite the fact that she probably wouldn’t order beef if that was an option.
current count is:
Post # 9
I love lamb, too! Good for you 🙂
We’d consider it, but it’s even more expensive than the beef for us. Oh well.
Post # 10
We considered doing beef, fish and chicken (my parents who are paying wanted a red meat option), however, we vetoed the beef – so difficult to keep track once you add vegetarian and kids meals! Most people anticipate beef and chicken as options (less likely to encounter food allergies – there are more people then I would of realized that are allergic to fish and shell fish (if you were to go with Crab – our fish was stuffed with a shrimp, lobster and crab filling). Just something to keep in mind.
Post # 11
We had filet, chicken, and crab cakes.
Filet definitely had the most. I’d say about half. Then about 40% crab cake and the rest was chicken
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
We only have 18 RSVPs right now, but I think it’s funny that only 4 have selected the beef and the rest are having wild salmon.
When I was grappling with the menu decision, some people onine insisted that no one would want fish and that I HAD to offer beef and chicken. I’m a pescatarian and stuck with my instinct, so I feel validated already. 🙂
Post # 13
If my choices were beef or crab cake, I’d choose beef since I don’t eat fish but I would have probably preferred to have a chicken entrée if that was an option.
We offered beef (NY strip) and chicken (chicken cordon bleu) as well as a vegetarian dish for those who would have preferred that. If I remember correctly, the numbers were pretty well split down the middle. No-one opted for the vegetarian dish (I didn’t think we had any vegetarians on our guest list but you never know), and I’d say it was probably 60/40 in favor of the beef at our reception.
Post # 14
We offered 3 options: Filet, salmon stuffed with crab or crabcakes. It was a Maryland wedding, we had to have a lot of crabs:)
Our total was: 68 filet, 33 crabcakes, 25 salmon and a few vegetarian. The beef eaters were mainly our friends.
Post # 15
We offered Filet, Chicken or Crabcakes. Our totals were: 35% Filet , 15% Chicken, 50% Crabcakes. In Baltimore, crabcakes ruled.
Post # 16
Our current breakdown is:
Top Sirloin = 44
Chicken Marsala = 25
Vegetable Risotto = 12