(Closed) Soup vs Salad? (for starters)

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
9520 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Depends on the season. If it is a winter wedding a nice bowl of soup to warm the belly would be nice. In the summer a crisp salad is better. Salad is easier to tailor to people with different dietary needs, meat, gluten and nuts are easily omitted. That is not an option with soup. 

Post # 3
47444 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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socalgirl1689:  As the pp has said, for me it depends on the season. I don’t think you need both courses unless the soup was a cup of consomme.

Contrary to her opinion though, a good chef can easily make a gluten , dairy and nut free vegan soup that most anyone could eat.

Post # 4
575 posts
Busy bee

You really can’t make a bad choice here, do you know specifically what salad or soup you’d choose? I’d personally prefer a salad, in most cases at least, over a soup if I had to pick one. If you have the budget and desire to do both I would gladly eat both though, because food is good. I love food. 

Post # 5
1353 posts
Bumble bee

We had both at our wedding. I honestly couldn’t choose because I love soup and I love salad both so much!

Post # 6
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Greenspot Farms

I love soup… but only certain kinds. I’m pretty picky when it comes to soup, actually. Salad is universal and much easier for people to pick things they don’t like out.

Post # 8
9520 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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sunflowers121:  Thats what I meant, if someone is allergic to strawberries, those could not be put in the salad. Same for a vegan, the feta could be removed. Ect. It is more difficult with a large batch of soup, things can not be picked out. 

Your salad sounds so yummy! Both soups as well, although many do not like mushrooms. I would be delighted with either- especially the mushroom!

Post # 9
4793 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

what is your main? It would honestly depend on what your main is as to what type of soup or salad I would pick. Some menu’s just flow better.

I am also a believer in the more food, the more options the better at a wedding. I’d prefer people to leave and go ‘I didn’t like the soup but I loved the salad and the main’ opposed to ‘I didn’t like the soup and I only got to eat the main….lets go through drive through on the way home.’

For $4 extra PP I’d say go for both salad and soup.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 9 months ago by  cmsgirl.
Post # 11
4038 posts
Honey bee

I would say it also depends on how much food you’re offering, at the cocktail hour. I’ve been to weddings were there’s quite a spread put out, for the cocktail hour food. Some have had as much food, at the cocktail hour, than some weddings I’ve attended, during the reception.

I remember one wedding I attended where I liked the cocktail hour bufffet and passed food so much, that during the reception, I asked for a half serving of the pasta course, and skipped the salad (too filling, for me). Another wedding offered 3 passed hors d’oeuvres – my family was only offered one I didn’t like, so would have loved a salad and soup course, during the reception.

I vote for spinach salad and mushroom soup. Of course, some people hate mushrooms, but other people don’t like lobster bisque and we have one severe shellfish allergy, in the family, plus two nuts and two have to eat gluten-free. My husband can’t eat spinach, but you can’t please everyone all the time.

Post # 12
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Our custom is to serve the salad at the end of the meal, so my choice would be soup as a starter and salad after the main course.

Post # 13
1837 posts
Buzzing bee

I love the idea of both, but agree with PPs that you should think about the season. Hot soup like the bisques you mentioned are great in fall or winter — during a hot summer day not so much (but you could go with a cold soup in that case), and salad greens are a must for me at a dinner party in spring or summer. 

Post # 14
4565 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

The salad sounds amazing! I normally love soup, but I’m a lactose intolerant vegetarian so I wouldn’t be able to have either of those soups (cream based). I would never say no to french onion or tomato basil though!

Post # 15
7359 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a total soup girl, and both those sounds great. I don’t know that I’d serve a hot soup at an August wedding, but other than that if you like the idea of it go for it. The salad with strawberries sounds yummy! IMO, there is no such thing as too much food at a wedding. As a wedding photographer I attend soooo many weddings and have seen just about everything. Photography aside, becaues that’s a given for me, food was our #1 priority. Having an amazing menu with tons of food was super important. I can’t tell you how many weddings with terrible food, or too little food (where they run out!) that I’ve been to. Even our caterer tried to not necessarily talk us out of it, but assure us that we had plenty of food. We stuck to our guns, had everything we wanted, and 3+ years later our guests still talk about the food at our wedding. 

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