Post # 1
My wedding is very formal/decadent and there may be a lot of guests. Serving pasta is waaaay cheaper than even having just chicken because there is less meat which is the most costly part of the meal. I also think that pasta is filling for a dinner. I was thinking to do a “family style” dinner where there is pasta and an assortment of different sauces on each table so that everyone can have their favorite sauce or try a few different ones and serve soup and salad and Italian bread with vinegar and EVO and crushed olives and maybe some seafood aps(crab and shrimp). Has anyone ever done pasta at their wedding it really saves tons of money but most importantly do you think its ok not to have meat for dinner?
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Post # 3
I personally wouldn’t do pasta as the main course. I was at a wedding last weekend, where they had roast beef and boneless chicken as the main course, and they brought out pasta as a side along with the hummus, veggies, and mashed potatoes. It was nice to have the option as a side, but it just doesn’t scream ‘decadent’ as a main dish.
Post # 4
i would be happy with pasta – nothing too messy though (as im a walking accident sometimes), a penne would be nice
im currently planning our office christmas party, boss chose the menu and at $350 per head ive had 4 people say “cant we have a pasta” and the mains are beef or seafood – you never can tell what people will go for
Post # 5
I do think that pasta is less formal than an entree like chicken, steak, or fish, but I think you could get away with it if it was done right. If it was just spaghetti noodles and Ragu, that’s pretty informal, but there are a lot of more ‘formal’ sauces you could offer. I think serving it ‘family style’ is more of a problem than the pasta itself if you’re concerned about it being formal. Also, it could be messy with pasta sauce. However, almost everyone likes pasta, and being able to pick your sauce could be nice, and saving money is always good. I think it could be a popular dinner decision, but it’s not especially formal.
Post # 6
we seriously considered this for our wedding and i really like the idea 🙂
Post # 7
To be honest, I don’t think it suits a formal/decadent wedding. Are you spending a lot on other elements and skimping on the food? Because the food may be more important than other elements youre spending money on..
However, I agree with a PP that depending on the type of pasta, it could work. Something like ravioli would be nicer than spaghetti and meatballs. 🙂
Post # 8
How about offering a choice of chicken or pasta?
Post # 9
I think it depends a lot on what part of the country you live in… I live in Youngstown where there are TONS of Italians, and EVERY wedding I have ever been to, regardless of formality level, has served penne/rigatoni/some other relatively “neat” pasta. So I say go for it, but I’m totally biased because I can’t conceptualize a wedding without pasta.
Post # 10
Pasta and family pass style are a little less formal compared to other offerings, but I for one would enjoy it 🙂 I agree with PPs though about having ‘manageable pastas’ like penne or ravioli that can easily be pierced with a fork rather than having to wind it like angel hair or spaghetti.
Post # 11
I love pasta but I’d be afraid of it ending up on my dress or my fiance’s shirt! 😉
Perhaps you could try a more fancy pasta dish instead of the traditional spaghetti and meatballs. Gnocchis, canneloni, mezza luna ravioles, stuffed shells…
If you’re worried about pasta not being fancy enough, you could search for other vegetarian dishes. However that’s more risky as most people tend to like pasta while vegetables are another matter.
Post # 12
I love pasta, in any form. Check out a pasta cookbook and see what variations you can come up with.
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Post # 13
When I think decadence, I think of smelly cheeses and hard to pronounce latin names of rediculous courses that no one really wants to eat but you pick it ’cause you need to look the part at a formal wedding.
But Personally, I am a believer that if you view your wedding as decadent, then your Pasta will be decadent 🙂 Make it whatever you want and don’t let anyone get in your way!
Post # 14
I was thinking along the lines of gnocchis, canneloni, penne ect. Absolutely no long noodles. Is there anyway to dress it up a little and make it more formal?
Post # 15
@Evie19: What kind of past do you think could work? We are spending a lot on our venue and our honeymoon and my jewelry.
Post # 16
@USAandKSA: I think ravioli is elegant- anything that isn’t noodles. Could you do it plated without it being family style?
Family style and pasta do not bother me (I love pasta)- I just think they may be incongruous with a formal setting.
I’d advise going with a beautifully plated pasta like ravioli, tortellini and having one chosen sauce- no choosing sauces…that just leads to a whole bunch of messy and isn’t formal. Take care with your caterers to approve the presentation of the plate as well.