My fiance and I decided that we only want to have one food option- a meat plate. We figured there are many perks to having only one: we don't have to include a special line on the RSVP cards with the headache of keeping track of everyone's meal selection and there's a $3 per guest surcharge for additional options at our venue. We know that a few guests may have a preference to vegetarian meals, which we know the venue will accommodate. (We didn't want a buffet specifically because a lot of our family members are older and we would really not have them up and moving around handling the food. We believe this is a valid concern.)
This leads to my ultimate question: what do we say on the invites? I've seen invites that have no indication of what the food selection will be, which we all assume will then be a buffet. Then vegetarians or special meals (gluten free, etc) would at least have some other main dish items to choose from which would give them no reason to contact us in advanced. So, again, how do we indicate that there's only one meal choice and it'll be a meat? My fiance thinks it'll be tacky to write something on the RSVP, such as "If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know in advanced." He also thinks that the kitchen could whip up something on the fly for the few people that might need it. I think that would be inconsiderate to our guests and to the venue employees. Any suggestions?