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

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 46
1521 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I would do steak and a vegetarian option. And I would put the vegetarian option on your RSVP cards, so those that are vegan/vegetarian and who don’t eat red meat have a choice. I personally would be fine with either the sea bass or the steak, but I would be worried about choosing sea bass for  the reasons that others have mentioned. Also, keep in mind that fish is very eash to overcook, and it would be dissapointing if you paid all this money for rubbery fish! I’m sure that the caterers are really good at their jobs, but stuff happens when you are cooking for a large crowd.

Post # 47
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

KonaSensation:   i happen to love fish, but i know a lot of people who are a. funny about thier seafood (IE: wouldn’t eat fish in a banquet style setting) or b. don’t really eat seafood at all. if it’s going to be only 1 entree of those 2, i would definitely do the steak and potatoes…. even if a person doesn’t eat red meat, they could at least eat the potatoes and tomatoes.

also, if you’re only going to serve steak or fish…i suggest definitely letting people know this before hand…so if they aren’t keen on the entree maybe they could really fill up on the cocktail hour?  

Post # 48
3424 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Well to eat, neither, because I’m a vegetarian. But steak definitely sounds the safer option to serve. Still not ideal, but that’s fine.

Post # 49
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I would go with the beef as I think more people will like it over the fish.

I don’t know if things work differently over the pond but all the venues I’ve seen in the UK offer the B&G a choice of mains, of which they can pick one say beef, plus they’ll do a different meal for veg*ans, people with allergies etc. I’ve been to 9 UK weddings and they all had 1 main for everyone, with alternatives provided if needed for veggies, allergies etc. This would be included in the cost…

Only difference I’ve seen to the above is one venue we’re considering which offers two choices as standard. I’m probably going with them as we’re veggie and this will allow us to offer everyone one safe option like mushroom risotto and one more adventurous, spicy option like a paneer curry. I wouldn’t do it if it cost more though as it seems it’s standard in the UK to only offer one main for everyone bar those with special dietary requirements. 

Edit: a standard invite to day guests would just say ‘please inform us of any special dietary requirements’ – I’ve never been told the food in advance as a guest. As I’m veggie we just reply ‘thanks for invite, two veggie options please and Eirlys is also egg intolerant’.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  eirlys.
Post # 50
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Miami

KonaSensation:  If those were presented to me on a menu, seabass all day. Sounds soooo good. But I feel like there are more people who don’t eat fish than don’t eat beef. I feel like the wider appeal is the wiser option for all of your guests. We actually passed on an option that my mom and I preferred too for this same reason.

I’m so surprised that they only allow one entree. I’m so sorry you have to make that choice.

Post # 51
5954 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t eat beef so I’d go hungry. :o( Tough choice.

Post # 52
9189 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i don’t eat fish, and i like steak, so i would pick steak.

Post # 53
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

KonaSensation:  I would pay the extra grand or go with chicken. I know so many people that don’t eat red meat or seafood. It isn’t that they don’t like it, it is that many people I know don’t have the ensyme to digest red meat or avoid it for religious reasonas. You will have guests hungry because they can’t eat the meal. I would prefer beef, but if I was hosting a wedding I would do beef and vegetarian. For our wedding, we had chicken, salmon, and vegetarian.

Post # 54
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I like fish, but would still go with the beef as it is a safer option. Are they offering you a vegetarian option?

Post # 55
1888 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m sorry, but you need to have another option besides beef. What are vegetarians and people who are avoiding red meat for ethical, religious, or health reasons going to eat? You shouldn’t think of it as an unnecessary “extra” $1k, this is an absolute necessity for feeding a large group of people, and should be budgeted for. You can write out your own name cards, or print them on a home printer for very little money.

Post # 56
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Not sure

Best thing to do is have two options. Chicken and beef. I’d spend the extra grand and cut costs somewhere else. If you have vegetarians, you’re screwed. You could let them know ahead of time that both dishes are meat. But you have to find out if there are vegetarians first. Personally, I am vegan. I have learned to never rely on other people feeding me. I bring my own food everywhere. You could bring it up to your venue and see if they’d be willing to accommodate a few vegetarians. We are far cheaper to feed. If you have none, most meat eaters will eat either chicken or beef. That’s the safest option. But all in all, when it comes to everyone, there is no way to please all. We have chicken, beef, and vegetarian options for our venue. 

Post # 57
1837 posts
Buzzing bee

Beef is the safer option, I think a lot of people don’t like fish.

Post # 58
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

We didnt have a videographer (rented two go pros and gave them to trusty outgoing artys friends. it was only 200$) but we spent a lot on our photographer, and he was worth it. I would go with two choices, is there a non meat choice for vegetarians or those who dont like red meat?

As for escort cards. I made my own. designed them on pic monkey and printed them at staples for like 40$. Hand wrote them. Didnt need place cards for our venue.

Post # 59
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Beef. Too many people dislike fish. 

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