(Closed) Which Entree?! If you can only have one, do you go with fish or beef?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 31
4036 posts
Honey bee

Is chicken totally out of the question? Back when I was married – the late 1970s, guests usually didn’t get a choice, and everyone got some kind of chicken dish.

At my daughter’s venue, all the food had to be carted-in from a hotel, and they didn’t tell us they could only choose one entree, plus vegetarian, until a month after they booked. They chose a duet entree of chicken and filet. 13 of 98 guests chose the vegetarian option, including the bride and myself.

Post # 32
3224 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

KonaSensation:  if I could only offer one option it would be chicken. Even if the choice was between a mediocre chicken dish vs an awesome red meat or seafood choice, the chicken is way safer. Personally if I got the choice (as a guest) I would choose the seabass, but as a host the chicken is the way to go. Less likely to have allergies, less likely for people to not eat it because of personal taste (lots of people hate fish and/or red meat). Of course you’ll need a vegetarian option. 

Post # 33
3682 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you’re considering it to be a formal affair, I would cut back on something that the guests don’t care about (flowers, decorations, etc etc) to be able to offer a choice of meal. Alternatively, I would go with chicken, which most people are able to eat. I hope your caterer is willing and able to accommodate for vegetarians and those with food allergies. 

Post # 34
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would select a steak. Do you have vegetarian guests? May want to have a pasta option for them. Talk to the chef/venue and they should be able to accommodate if you have food allergies or diet restrictions.

Post # 35
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Definitely choose the beef, I don’t eat seafood and would be so sad that I had nothing to eat.  I wouldn’t even eat the sides since they were on the same plate as them.  (I get sick from eating seafood so I take no chances)

Post # 37
6836 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Between those two options…definitely beef. I do not eat fish and would be very disappointed if that was my only entree option for a wedding. 

However, I have to echo the others and ask if there is a chicken option instead? Chicken seems like the safest route to go if you can only have one entree. 

Post # 38
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Friendship Plaza

Beeeeeeef. As a PP said who is a certified cook, most everyone will eat beef without complaint, but people tend to be much pickier about fish.

I would vote against chicken as an option. Even though it’s a popular choice *because* it’s palatable to most, I feel like choosing the plainer option does just that: makes things more plain. You said you have a sophisticated, formal affair. Chicken feels like a cop-out; like you couldn’t come up with anything interesting, or cut costs right with the very thing that guests get to enjoy and tuck into.

Beef is a lovely choice. You can mention what will be served in the invitations or elsewhere, if you have a wedding website, etc., so that people who absolutely refuse to eat steak will know to fill up with the salad or whatever other side dishes you have. Which is a good point: you may consider making sure the salad and/or side dishes are meat-free just in case. But you know your guest list the best.

Post # 39
2001 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

this is difficult because neither of these options are really a “safe” option. Many people don’t eat beef or fish. chicken is always safe unless you were to offer both beef and fish because people usually eat one or the other. If i had to choose I would go with beef. But you know your guests, do you have anyone that does’t eat beef or fish?

Post # 40
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I personally don’t eat red meat (at our wedding we had two entres of chicken and fish). That being said though, out of those two options I’d choose the steak because more people like steak than fish. Sorry you can’t have both OP!

Post # 41
1320 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

KonaSensation:  I would pick the steak because my Darling Husband and I don’t eat seafood. Also because the sides sound better.

Post # 42
623 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I think I would really enjoy either but I would choose the beef for my wedding. I agree with PP that especially since it’s a formal event, I would want to make sure that there’s something that everyone could enjoy and cut something else out of the budget to have two options.

Post # 43
932 posts
Busy bee

Beef. I do not eat any fish. I’d be so hungry if I was a guest and would feel bad wasting the food.

Post # 44
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

It’s perfectly fine for everyone to get the same entree (except for dietary restrictions). The point of weddings is not for people to receive the best meal of their entire lives. There will also still be people who are displeased with the meal if they have a choice of beef or fish. 

Also, I don’t think chicken is a cop out. There is more that can go wrong with beef or fish than with chicken, and many people wouldn’t eat beef or fish. Also, I’ve had lovely chicken dishes at weddings and it hasn’t affected my view of the event as elegant, but have had more of a mixed bag with beef. If they are using a cheaper cut or grade of meat (select vs choice vs prime), I think beef can be harder to do well. 

My vote would be chicken, but if that’s not possible I think you need to find a way to give your guests a choice as neither of these entrees are a safe choice.

Post # 45
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

KonaSensation:  Do the steak. I know you might like the seabass, but I have been to weddings where only fish was served and nobody was happy. People said at the wedding that they would have preferred steak. Even though it’s your wedding and you are paying for the meal, keep your guests in mind because you do not want upset and hungry guests at your wedding. 

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