(Closed) Your thoughts on having only pasts for dinner at a formal wedding

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I like the idea with the different sauces for the pasta. Depending upon the formality of the event, I think guests will expect a meat dish. But, that’s just my opinion.

Post # 4
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Honey bee

There is nothing wrong with serving just pasta. Meat is not a requirement, noe should anyone complain about the lack of it. However, pasta doesn’t exactly scream formal. Your guests will wonder where your priorities are when you have a formal theme but you choose informal food.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

… especially if it’s family style. 

 

To me, a formal, decadent affair means that I’m not serving myself with pasta and sauce.  Don’t get me wrong – I love me some pasta and sauce, but it’s more casual to me, no matter what pasta you put with what sauce.  Plus, the room for error is huge – family style pretty much guarantees that I (and prob some of your guests) will make a big old mess out of themselves and your table.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I agree that it doesn’t seem very formal, but I also think it’s okay for a wedding and a good choice generally. It is something to think about that it may not lend to as formal an atmosphere as you are going for.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I do love pasta!! I went to a restaurant the other day and had a pesto cream sauce that was to die for. I think you can make pasta very classy, depending on your sauce options, type of noodles and presentation! I think if you have a nice caterer do it, they can make sure it is fancy pasta! They can make it into a buffet with servers to cut down on mess. I too am a klutz 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Try looking at the vegertarian options that they offer. They are most likely less expenisce than the meat entrees

* at least they are in my area

as for the pasta idea, why not do a plated idea of Shirmp alfredo or a vegetarian piccada?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You could still do pasta, but maybe try something plated like a nice gourmet lasagna, manicotti, or tortellini dish? Those are still cost-conscious, but can be presented in such a way that people will think they’re being treated to something fancy!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@USAandKSA: Sorry, but if I was served only pasta as a main meal at a wedding, I would be unable to refer to it as decadent or formal.  But totally fine for a less formal, yet amazing affair.

Generally the formality/decadence of a wedding is determined largely by venue, decor and food. 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I am not sure that pasta quite goes with a formal wedding, especially if it is served family style, but man that would be delicious! What about a risotto? It seems so much fancier than it really is. Om nom nom! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I 2nd the risotto suggestion.  That’s about as elegant as pasta can get.

I think it’s tough because “formal” and “decadent” are very synonymous with expensive and extravagant.  So it’s tough to imagine black tie, crystal chandeliers, a 12-piece band, and then scooping pasta with a choice of sauce.

I personally love the idea of family-style wedding receptions, but that goes hand-in-hand with a more casual/comfortable setting.  You do run the risk of interrupting the ambiance with such an obvious attempt at cost-cutting.

Good luck figuring out what works for you!

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have to agree with the PP—to me, you’re either having a formal decadent black tie wedding (in which case I would assume a plated dinner service), or a more casual affair with a family-style dinner, for which pasta w/ a variety of sauces would be completely appropriate. 

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