Blair
Super June 2021

One meat

Blair, on March 4, 2021 at 3:33 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 27
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Anyone ever had one meat choice at their reception? How did it go? Was everyone satisfied?

side note: I was originally going to do a beef and chicken option , but everyone who has rspv'd so far has chosen chicken. It's cheaper for me to just have one meat especially since that's the one everyone seems to want.

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Latest activity by Blair, on March 4, 2021 at 8:47 PM
  • Expert September 2021
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    You will never ever be able to please everyone! I would go with the most common choice and call it a day.

    Chicken is perfect and the most common; if you don't eat chicken, it's best to not expect a wedding dinner tailored around your diet LOL. I think one meat is totally fine!

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  • Blair
    Super June 2021
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    Good to know. So far everyone has chosen chicken, but you know there might always be that one person who wants beef. I didn't know whether it was customary for me to provide a second option.

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  • Expert September 2021
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    Very true! Someone will probably prefer beef over chicken, but I think you're still more than okay to just do chicken if that's what most are requesting! It's nice that you're giving an option on your RSVP!

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  • Dj Tanner
    June 2021
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    Look… My fiancé and I have been to weddings where we didn’t even want to touch the food on the plate it was so bad lol! We would’ve been more than happy with a chicken dish!


    It’s ultimately your decision and I can only speak to you from a guest perspective and say that if someone I cared about was only serving chicken at their wedding, then chicken is what I will eat.
    You may have some people that would've preferred steak, but it’s also not their wedding day and they’re also not paying for it.
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  • Hanna
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    We only offered one meat for our entree options (chicken). The other options were salmon and vegetarian butternut squash ravioli. No complaints!

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  • Blair
    Super June 2021
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    I wanted to keep the menu simple, but tasty and of course affordable on my end.

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  • Blair
    Super June 2021
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    Luckily we didn't have to try to figure out a vegetarian option because everyone we invited eats meat. I wouldn't have known where to start to find a good vegetarian option.

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  • Hanna
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    That is lucky! One of the reasons we chose chicken over beef is because all chicken is cooked to the same temperature and with beef people have different preferences as to how rare or well done the meat is.

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  • Michelle
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    Serving one meat is fine. Personally I am not a fan of chicken in banquet settinngs because it is very difficult to cook thoroughly to a safe temperature so many end up undercooked which is how people get sick.

    Also are you letting guests know how it is prepared or just any chicken? Because some may not like a certain sauce, garnish, etc and if they have detailed knowledge prior, may choose an opposite option. Very few if any reply cards offer any info beyond "beef, chicken, veggie" and guests are left to wonder how it's prepared to make a choice, which is less than ideal hosting on its own. Also take allergies/restrictions into consideration.

    Most guests will be polite and eat what you serve without complaint. And hit up Arby's on the way home if they're still hungry. If they don't like something, they all know never to tell the bride and groom.

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  • Blair
    Super June 2021
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    It's just baked chicken which is listed

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    No sauce? Just herbs or plain?

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  • Expert September 2021
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    Agreed with the last part! But I do think the idea of tailoring your wedding dinner around sauces and garnishes that guests may not like is absurd - respectfully! If I'm invited to any event, even just dinner at a friends, I would never be picky about things like that - much less an event with lots and lots of people for the host to feed. BBQ is so so common at weddings and I genuinely hate BBQ - I would go without eating LOL - and I'm served BBQ at 90% of the weddings I go to. I eat the sides, and stop by Waffle House on the way home!

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  • Blair
    Super June 2021
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    Nothing special that I know of. It's what I told the caterer I wanted. I didn't mention any special garnishes

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    Expert November 2021
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    The only meat option we're offering for entree choices is filet mignon. The other options are fish and vegetarian. Guests will select their choices when they RSVP. I think it's fine to just have one meat choice

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    I completely agree. By garnishes, I was thinking of things like mushrooms and other things that are polarizing.

    I am with you on bbq. So many people suggest it to save money but very few actually enjoy eating it.

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  • Vicky
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    I'm a bit confused. You say that people are RSVPing with choice of chicken out of chicken and beef, so you want to offer just chicken? So you just want to offer chicken? But you've already offered beef. So if anybody RSVPs for beef you want to contact them and say "never mind, you have to have chicken"?

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  • Blair
    Super June 2021
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    No one has rsvped for beef yet so yes I want to take it off so I won't have 90 people wanting chicken and only 10 wanting beef. I don't want to wait until the last minute and have to call come and say "never mind, you have to have chicken". The original question was has anyone only served just one meat at their reception because I'm leaning towards only offering one.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
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    When I was originally planning my wedding there was a caterer who only allowed one entrée option so I definitely know that there are weddings that do that but I’ve never actually been to one that has done that before
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    Champion July 2019
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    I have never been to a wedding where only one type of meat was offered. I will say I am very picky about chicken because I don't like any type of meat with skin or bones so I normally pick beef over chicken. I would also be very confused as a guest to receive a reply card with chicken and beef as an option only to be told my choice wasn't popular enough so it is no longer being served. I wouldn't say anything to the bride and groom about their decision, but if it was a type of chicken I didn't like I wouldn't eat it and I would just eat the sides.

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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
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    Why are guests already RSVPing for entrees when your wedding isn't until June? As others have said, I've never been to a wedding with only 1 entree option. We had 3 (prime rib, chicken, and salmon) along with a vegetarian/vegan option. We had about 115 guests, and while a lot of them at the onset seemed to be going 1 way, we ended up with about an even third for each entree option. You know your guests better than we do. If you think they would all be fine with the chicken, then that should be fine.
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