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Janiya
Super June 2020

Salad Or no Salad?

Janiya, on January 28, 2020 at 5:08 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 59
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Hi Brides! My wedding day is slowly approaching and I'm finalizing some last minute details for our major vendors. So far our menu includes cocktail hour; mini chicken and waffles and warm crab dip w/ tortilla chips. Dinner includes choice of salmon croquette or southern fried chicken (boneless) with garlic parm mashed potatoes, three cheese mac and cheese, asparagus, and dinner rolls. My question is ALL this food and plus the bar, do we really need a salad? I've been to weddings where if a salad was offered people only picked over it and some didn't even touch it. Are salads really necessary?

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    In my opinion yes. But I love vegetables and always enjoy the salad lol
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  • Lauren
    Rockstar February 2020
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    We were debating on this as well. We talked to our caterer, and they said a salad wasn't really necessary since a lot of people don't eat it. We're serving 3 types of vegetables (one being mac & cheese which a lot of people eat as a full meal) so people can eat that if they don't want meat.

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  • Janiya
    Super June 2020
    Janiya ·
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    Lol, I said the same thing! At the tasting, I was STUFFED, but the food was AMAZING!

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  • Ashley
    Dedicated September 2020
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    Sometimes you need something light in between all the apps/dinner. I think a salad should be included. Also a salad is usually safe for people who have dietary restrictions, and Vegetarians. What's the reason, you don't want to serve the salad? If it's a budget thing I would check with the caterer. Salads are usually inexpensive to make, so I wouldn't think you would be saving much money.

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  • Joanna
    Dedicated October 2020
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    We will for sure have a salad as we have a few vegetarians on our guest list, and we wanted to have a few more options to eat than just mashed potatoes and pasta. Although that is delicious lol but we like to have the option. If you don't feel like people will eat it, and if you don't have too many vegetarians coming, then go with your gut!

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    If you can afford it, I'd say yes. I think it's nice to have a lighter option too since your appetizers & entrees are heavier. So the salad would work well in that way.

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  • Janiya
    Super June 2020
    Janiya ·
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    That's what I'm thinking also! Everyone is going to be able to enjoy all three sides (mac and cheese, garlic parm mashed potatoes, and asparagus). There may even be room for some guests to have seconds our catering company told us.

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  • Janiya
    Super June 2020
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    That's what I was thinking too, but I didn't want guests to be so STUFFED that they don't want to get up and move lol. The salad is also priced a bit much with our caterer. The salad is $2.50 per person and with our 120 guest count, that's $310 in salad. I was just thinking is $300 of salad really worth it, lol?


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  • Janiya
    Super June 2020
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    Thanks Joanna! This helps alot! Everyone that we've invited to the wedding LOVES our menu so far!

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
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    Same! Also keep in mind at your tasting you’re eating everything all at once. At the wedding it’ll be much more spaced out. And like, at the tasting you tried EVERYTHING, but not everyone is going to have everything.
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  • Janiya
    Super June 2020
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    I was thinking the same thing. Something light until dinner is actually served.

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  • Janiya
    Super June 2020
    Janiya ·
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    GREAT insight! This makes me feel a little better about doing a salad still maybe

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  • Mrs. S
    Master November 2019
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    We had a huge buffet and almost everyone took some salad
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  • Janiya
    Super June 2020
    Janiya ·
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    Awesome! Thank you! I was thinking instead of pre setting them have it as an option on the buffet line.

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  • Brittany
    Dedicated January 2021
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    If it's a buffet, I don't think it hurts to include. If it's all plated and served, save your money. It sounds like you already have a ton of solid options.
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  • Suzie
    Rockstar October 2020
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    We’re doing a buffet, but our caterer said they can set up a salad on the tables for when guests enter the reception. This way they can have something small to eat after the cocktail hour while we have our intro, and then wait for dinner. I think it’s a good thing to have if you can. Not sure on your guests’ diet, but all of your options are either a meat or carb/gluten, except the asparagus.

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  • Denise
    Devoted May 2019
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    A plated salad gives your guests something to nibble on while they’re waiting for their table to be called to the buffet.
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  • Brittany
    Dedicated January 2021
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    I guess that's a know your crowd situation. I know if I was told there would be a buffet I'd want to save room for everything on that. So that's why I thought if going buffet, let people choose whether they want the salad or not. Plating in advance when the whole thing isn't plated could lead to tons of waste.
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  • MOB So Cal
    January 2019
    MOB So Cal ·
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    I think a salad is pretty standard and I'd expect it. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and rolls are all pretty heavy. I love asparagus, but I'd enjoy a salad as well. I would not eat all three of the starches (probably just one). Personally, I'd include a salad.

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  • Jo
    Expert November 2020
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    The food you are serving sounds amazing but with only asparagus as your vegetable I would 100% add a salad. It’s a nice change from the heavier food and salads usually aren’t too filling.
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