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Lindsey
Just Said Yes August 2022

Reception Menu Thoughts

Lindsey, on January 16, 2022 at 6:52 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 3 25
I’m planning my wedding and finally found a caterer I love. We planned out the menu as follows: Happy Hour - spinach artichoke dip with bread and fresh fruit platter with dip. Dinner - citrus herb baked bone-in chicken thighs, bbq pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, salad, and rolls.


I was pretty jazzed about the menu until a few people I asked said they didn’t like chicken thighs. I thought it was a better option than chicken breasts because those can dry out easily if cooked and then left in a warming tray (at least that’s my understanding).
If you went to a wedding where bone-in thigh was an option, would you not even eat it? I don’t want to have most guests pass over the chicken and run out of bbq pork or just not enjoy the chicken at all.
I am set on having a chicken option for guests who don’t eat pork. I also want a chicken entree that’s cohesive with the rest of our meal (example: I don’t think teriyaki chicken skewers would flow with the rest of the meal, ya know?)
Am I over thinking it? Do people really care that much? I haven’t been to many weddings where the food was extraordinary and I don’t want to give myself an ulcer over one meal in a persons life. Any thoughts or advice you could give would be so helpful!

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Latest activity by Vicki, on January 19, 2022 at 7:11 AM
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    Master January 2019
    Cassidy ·
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    I do not like dark meat or meat on the bone. So, I would 100% pass on the chicken as would my mom. I’m pretty sure the rest of my family would eat it though.
    I would check with some of your guests though since they’ll be the ones eating it.
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    Rockstar July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    I don't like meat with bones or dark meat so I would definitely pass. It also sounds like it could be rather messy to eat, but I also think bbq sounds messy.
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  • Cyndy
    Master May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    I would pass over it as well. I’m not a fan of the darker meats and don’t want to deal with the bone. I would just talk to your caterer and see what options they have. There are so many chicken options that you shouldn’t have a problem finding something.
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    Becky ·
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    I prefer dark meat chicken, but meat on the bone at a wedding is difficult. H doesn't like dark meat chicken, so he would pass on the chicken. I agree with PPs, maybe talk to your caterer about alternate chicken options? Since you're having pulled pork sliders, maybe they can do a pulled chicken slider? (Honestly, I find the citrus-herb baked chicken to lack cohesiveness with the rest of your menu anyway - but that's just me)

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  • CountryBride
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    CountryBride ·
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    I hate chicken on the bone or dark meat I would be pleased with a chicken breast
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  • Hanna
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    Hanna ·
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    I would definitely pass (I love chicken breast but I'm not a fan of dark meat, especially on the bone). I also can't eat pork so if I attended your wedding I would eat the sides only. Since you mentioned you will be having guests who don't eat pork, I'd consider having the chicken breast option instead of the dark meat, since white meat is more universally liked

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  • Jm Sunshine
    Jm Sunshine ·
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    I would pass as well. I do not like the taste/texture of dark meat nor anything still attached to a bone. I agree with pp that chicken sliders might be a good option.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    I’m shocked how many people really don’t like dark meat or meat on the bone! Wow. The stuff you learn in these forums. 🤩


    I LOVE chicken thighs but perhaps with so many people who don’t, chicken breast would be a safer bet.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    If the caterer knows what they are doing, a chicken breast will not dry out. More often than not in banquet settings, you actually have undercooked chicken, which is a huge safety hazard, rather than dry chicken. Just because someone has been in business for years doesn’t make them an expert if they can’t cook properly.


    Many people don’t like dark meat or meat on the bone. It’s one thing when you have KFC at the family reunion picnic, but not at a wedding.
    The rest of the menu sounds awesome and I don’t even eat pork. This is an excellent example of why couples *must* be super descriptive with the menu on your rsvp card. If you just list chicken or pork with no details then guests are not to blame for being confused when given their plates.
    Is this plated or buffet? With plated, you list options as detailed as you possibly can and then you collect those replies to give to the caterer with the final headcount so they can make the proper amount. With buffet, they automatically make enough of each item so everyone on the headcount can go through the buffet line twice and account for larger appetites. You also don’t need to list the menu options for a buffet on the reply card. If you follow that method for plated, you should not run out of anything.
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  • Lindsey
    Just Said Yes August 2022
    Lindsey ·
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    Right? I didn’t even think it was a big deal until a couple people I mentioned it to said they didn’t like thighs! I’m going to talk with my caterer tomorrow and see what other options there are.
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  • Candace
    Super March 2022
    Candace ·
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    I would love a chicken thigh, especially if baked chicken. I agree with you that chicken breast at banquet settings tend to dry out, even when soaking in the sauce. But I think we're in the minority lol.
    We're having BBQ brisket, sausage, and smoked turkey. I would have went with the smoked chicken, but the caterer said that alot of people pass on the chicken at weddings because of the bone. Since the turkey is sliced, I went with that so there's a poultry option.
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    Super August 2023
    Lunajay ·
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    Welp sounds like those people will be have the pulled pork sliders and no chicken. I don't personally understand picky eater (I'm not one which is why I don't understand but to each is their own).

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  • Lindsey
    Just Said Yes August 2022
    Lindsey ·
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    For any future brides reading this and going through the same thing, I saw all these responses of people saying they hate dark meat and figured I’d just ask my guests what they prefer. I asked 14 people. 2 people said they wouldn’t eat thighs, 2 said they prefer white meat to dark meat, but wouldn’t have a problem eating thighs. The other 10 said they like/love/prefer thighs. So I’m going to stick with the thighs. I probably should have just asked them in the first place haha
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  • Candace
    Super March 2022
    Candace ·
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    And there you have it! Haha love a guest poll. You know, I went through this thought process when choosing my wedding cake flavors. I finally just realized that I'm gonna go with what I love to eat!
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  • Lindsey
    Just Said Yes August 2022
    Lindsey ·
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    Exactly! I stressed so hard about it the last couple weeks and it doesn’t seem like most people will even care! Haha
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  • mrswinteriscoming
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    mrswinteriscoming ·
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    If only I could tell you how many times my mum and I have gone head to head as to whether to make chicken schnitzels with thighs or breasts - the great chicken debate!!!

    I personally prefer chicken breasts but will happily eat thigh, though for me the kicker is that it would have the bone in it. If its a wedding that is even remotely formal, I wouldn't want to be fussing around with bones while nicely dressed.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Probably! 😆 When we started talking to guests and getting back the RSVPs we had to change our salad option. The 1st we chose sounded fabulous with candied pecans, goat cheese, etc but due to the lactose intolerance, nut allergies and others we switched to a simple garden salad with dressing on the side!
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  • Cece
    Rockstar October 2023
    Cece ·
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    I would definitely pass up the chicken thighs. I don’t prefer dark meat and absolutely refuse to eat any sort of meat on the bone! 😖
    If you think serving the chicken thighs is going to result in a lot of wasted product and/or money, I would just ask your caterer what other chicken options they have. There are a billion tasty chicken possibilities!
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    Beginner January 2022
    Amanda ·
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    I was thinking the same thing. I love chicken thighs.

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  • Mcskipper
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    Mcskipper ·
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    Is it possible to do both thighs and breasts ?


    I’m team no thighs 🤣 but my husband loooves them
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