Winter Wedding Dinner?

posted 1 year ago in Food
Post # 16
1054 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I feel like soup and potatoes is a lovely winter LUNCH, but for a dinner at a party, especially a wedding, it’s a little lacking.  Especially if you’re using the same toppings for both; I really only want one vehicle per meal to transport bacon bits and sour cream to my mouth.  I’m guessing you’re doing this yourself, and that’s why the toppings would need to be the same? 

I’ll be honest.  I’d have enough to eat and be content, but I wouldn’t be impressed.  I’d also only want one bowl of soup even if there were different kinds, so I don’t think you’ll make up for the lack of variety with volume.

How about starting with the soup and bread, and then moving the salad to a second course of lasagnes?  You could have one traditional beef and red sauce one, a white one with chicken or seafood, and a veggie one.  They’re as easy to prepare in advance as potatoes, and you’ve just added a whole main course.  

Post # 17
1277 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I LOVE soup! I’d be happy but I think other guests won’t be as thrilled to see soup or salad as a main course since it’s typically a starter at weddings.

Post # 18
2488 posts
Buzzing bee

What about doing one or two soups plus a few casserole dishes, breads, and salads? 

To my mind, the great thing about buffets is that I get to try a little of everything. With soups, though, that wouldn’t really be the case, since I’m unlikely to bring multiple bowls of soup with me back to a table to sample and it’s not the kind of thing that you can just combine in one bowl. For that reason alone, I’d avoid doing a soup buffet.

On top of that, while I personally love soup (as long as it meets my dietary restrictions), I have friends who won’t touch any kind of soup. And as far as dietary restrictions go, you can’t exactly ask your caterer to just make one person a bowl without X ingredient at the last minute, so if all your soups are made with chicken stock and you forgot to tell your caterer one person is vegetarian, there won’t really be a solution. 


Post # 19
7415 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Soup and baked potatoes are fine for lunch, but not substantial enough for dinner.  Croutons, toppings, etc don’t change that. At dinner, soup is an appetizer/starter, not a main.  Please feed your guests a proper dinner, especially if you are expecting them to stay a while and drink and dance.

Post # 20
327 posts
Helper bee

I  love soup in the winter but I rarely eat it as dinner. Also some people just aren’t fans of soup. My Fiance doesn’t eat soup at all (crazy, I know). So I think the soup bar is a nice starter but I’d add a second course.

Post # 21
768 posts
Busy bee

Afraid I agree with the PPs OP

i love soup, but I would like only want to have one bowl of it and it would be a bit lacking.

agree with XIeXIE above – do you soups but also have lasaganes/casseroles for something more filling but still simple and easy to make/serve

Post # 22
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

willow322 :  

I got married in February and our guests favourite part was the mashed potato bar ( I can’t speak to how it was…we never got to try it lol ). Basically, mashed potatoes served in a martini glass with different toppings. This was served during cocktails while we were having photos done  

The rest of the menu was

Mixed greens with goat cheese, walnuts and cranberries in a maple balsamic vinaigrette 

Butternut Squash ravioli in a sage Parmesan cream sauce

Ricotta and spinach stuffed chicken and medallions of beef tenderloin with roasted root veggies 

and warm apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream

Late in the night we had a Mac and cheese station where grilled cheese sandwiches, onion rings, Yukon gold fries and  of course, Mac and cheese were served for all the drunk people lol  



Post # 23
1534 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think it would be best to ask your venue what the options are before you decide on anything too concrete, but I do believe that you’ll need something more than a soup bar.

Your venue would probably have a ton of wonderful winter options like meanttobee2018 :  mentioned above. (Menu sounds delicious!)

Post # 24
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We had a winter wedding and while we had a plated three course meal not a buffet we served: 

1) Butternut soup starter

2) Individual philo pastry chicken pies, leg of lamb, green beans and some other veg that I now can’t recall (was three years ago)

3) Chocolate mousse in chocolate cones with strawberries

Post # 25
512 posts
Busy bee

Definitely not enough for a dinner, unfortunately. If you did two soups with salad as appetizer or side options then great, but you definitely have to have something else or people will 1. still be hungry and 2. be pretty disappointed.

Post # 26
1500 posts
Bumble bee

I have soup all the time for dinner.  I’ve also served a thick hearty soup with salad and bread at a party and everyone was happy and full (and more than a few wanted the soup recipe).

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