(Closed) Thoughts on No Meal Choice

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I like the idea of having an option so lamb might be a better one than the prime rib. However, if you are going with a “no option” i agree that chicken is best as long as you do have a vegetarian plate for those who don’t eat chicken (or really don’t like the way it’s prepared).

Post # 4
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve never been to one without a meal choice, but IMO I wouldn’t care as long as I knew what was being served ahead of time…maybe if you could put it on your wedding website? If I didn’t like the main dish, I would make sure to not come hungry. I went to a wedding a few years ago where we had 4 choices for a main dish, but I was a vegetarian and unable to eat any of them. Sometimes there comes a point where you just have to do what fits in your budget. I definitely understand trying to cut costs-I’m only doing an hors d’oeuvres reception. Personally buffets are my favorite, but I understand some people don’t care for them.

Post # 5
5183 posts
Bee Keeper

I wouldn’t mind if there was no choice.. but I am an ‘eat anything that tastes good’ type of gal. I would still have a couple veggie options for those who dont eat meat

Post # 6
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it as long as you do have an option for vegetarians and people with dietary restrictions (ie celiac, food allergies, etc).

Post # 7
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

We are doing a dual entree and a vegetarian entree.  Those are the only “choices” my guests have for their meal.  But our dual entree is beef and fish with tons of veggies and rice so they should be able to find something they like.  We chose the dual entree because we wanted to create a fusion of my and FI’s backgrounds.

Post # 8
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We aren’t having a meal choice, and actually my wedding planner suggested it. We are having a formal coursed meal, here is our menu:

1st- salad, soup, grilled cheese trio

2nd- pasta

3rd- palate cleanser

4th- beef medallions with crab stuffed shrimp

5th- cake

We are also having a late night snack of a burger bar an French fry Buffett. The only choice we are giving is a vegetarian choice. I think we will have enough food for everyone to get filled up on.

Post # 9
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I was in a wedding over the summer with no meal choice. I have never used the dreaded “T Word” but if I did, I’d apply it here. Your guests do not all have the same taste, and some have food restrictions for various reasons that are probably unknown to you. They deserve, at the very least, a choice between two meat dishes and a veggie option — I think the lamb as one of those is just fine, especially with the demographic of your guests, but it needs to be an *option*. 

How would you feel if, as a wedding guest, the only options were something you can’t eat (allergy) and something you won’t eat (religious, health, or other reasons)? While obviously you’ll never please everyone, allowing a choice of 2 meats plus the veggie is the least likely to offend and most likely to satisfy nearly everyone.

Post # 10
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My Future Sister-In-Law did no choice for her wedding and she did chicken because she felt it was the safest option. I think she just verified no one was a vegetarian first.

Post # 11
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Could you offer the vegetarian option as a second option instead of a silent option?  That way everyone still has a choice in case they would prefer not to have the chicken.  I’m a super picky eater and I know I can’t be the only one who would be peeved not to have a choice at all!

Post # 12
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ve been to weddings both ways–with a choice and without–and it didn’t bother me either way. My parents insisted on me providing a choice, but personally, as long as the food is good, it doesn’t matter to me.

Post # 13
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I wouldn’t be upset, but I might not eat.

Post # 14
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I have never been to a wedding with choice (other than a buffet wedding). We are providing our guests a choice.. only because we can and the options vary in price, so I think it will average out ok. I’ve never cared about not having an option!

Post # 15
3942 posts
Honey bee

I don’t eat red meat, but I am not a vegetarian. I just don’t like it. We’ve been to a couple of events that had a dual entree-usually it’s shirmp/meat or chicken/meat. I’m usually hungry by the end of the night because I only ate half my meal, but I survived.

Post # 16
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re doing a ‘no choice’ reception. It fits our budget perfectly and we chose a chicken dish. I honestly think this was a great choice FOR US and we went with a chicken plate because it’s pretty ‘safe’. We couldn’t do pork, some people don’t eat pork, or beef, and we couldn’t do fish, some people are allergic. I think we will be fine with what we chose. There will be the cocktail hour with tons of food to eat, and there will be a sweets buffet and other little treats for our guests..So while the food was important, it wasn’t extremely importatnt to where we thought we needed to have choices. Go with what fits your pockets. You cannot please everyone, and you will stress yourself out trying to

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