Post # 1
Our caterer asked us about our menu last month and honestly that was the LAST thing I had thought about. He suggested nothing heavy because June 27th could be a hot one! For salad we are doing the strawberry/spinach with poppyseed dressing but what are some fun, memorable summer main course ideas you gals are having ??
Post # 3
Not sure how big your wedding guest list is but double check that no one has allergies to strawberries or poppyseeds.
As for main courses — I’d say grilled chicken with summer veggies or a mango salsa. Crabcakes would be yummy. I’d stay away from heavy sauces and pastas and lean more towards mixed veggies. Also instead of mashed potatoes go with some thinly sliced grilled potatoes.
Post # 4
What did your caterer suggest? What about grilled salmon?
Post # 5
Our entree options for our summer wedding were pork chop and seared halibut. From what I hear, both were delicious!
Post # 6
emilee, that’s what we’re having 🙂 Well, actually Lake Superior Whitefish b/c it’s in Mich, but still…Obviously, I third the fish idea.
Post # 7
I am so jealous of your menu options! Unfortunately it’s a beef or chicken? affair for us….but I’m from the midwest so a plated dinner is very upscale compared to the ever present beef tip buffet!
Post # 9
I can get that you might want to be unique with your food choices but I would refrain from labeling the "Beef or Chicken?" options Booooorrrrriiinnnnnnggggg because I would guess that 75%+ of the brides on here (including me) plan to offer or did offer those options at their weddings.
While fish can be a great option, keep in mind that many people either don’t like fish or can’t have fish for whatever reason. Additionally, some people don’t eat red meat so chicken might be a better choice for them. IMO, offering a beef option completes a menu.
I would suggest mixing things up with the appetizers you offer and still giving the chicken or beef options for your guests. No one wants to be a hungry wedding guest with only quirky food options available.
Post # 10
Quirky food?! YIKES! Like what? Totally on the same page with the chicken or beef just looking for some CREATIVITY in the recipes not QUIRKY. Thanks
Post # 11
Ha ha…maybe quirky was the wrong word. Ok, it was the wrong word. 🙂
I guess I mean more like unique. For example, maybe something with goat cheese in it or a vegetable that isn’t used much. I am so not a chef so I am having a hard time coming up with examples. But, you can show your individuality and provide interesting choices with the appetizers where the guests can choose which one(s) they’d like and go a little safer with the actual entrees.
And, from what I have heard, you can have totally summery chicken/beef dishes. Like with a citrus cream sauce or other light accompaniments. Two of the things we had at our rehearsal dinner last summer was citrus marinated pork and grilled veggie kabobs/skewers and they were big hits.
Sounds like your caterer is great for recommending this. Hope that helps!
Post # 12
we are having an early june wedding with a cocktail hour and food stations for the dinner.
the cocktail hour will have a table with different mediterranean dips and crostini’s, with assorted condiments like marinated olives and roasted red peppers. there will be a live grilling station with mini kebabs (chicken w/artichoke, thai pork and scallop w/roasted red pepper). passed hor devours will be mini reubens and mini croque monsieurs (basically a fancy grilled ham and cheese).
Serving stations will be grilled beef tenderloin with a sherry shallot demi glace, grilled salmon with a light lemon leek sauce, and little heart ravioli’s with a choice of tomato basil, sweet roasted garlic, or white wine oilve oil and herb sauce. veggies will be grilled asparagus and herb roasted potatoes.
i worry about not offering chicken as a station option – but i tend to always be disappointed with ‘catered chicken’ so i left it off our dinner menu.