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Fish

We are working on the menu. We have chicken, beef, ham and I am wondering do we need some kind of fish entree. Me and Bf are not big fish eaters. But a lot of are guests are?
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Re: Fish

  • Do you need to?  No, particularly since you already have three options.  However, if you know a lot of your guests like it, I would probably serve it and skip the ham (unless you're having a brunch wedding).  But that may be a "know your crowd" thing.  Pretty much every one I know is pretty meh on ham, particularly as a dinner food.  They like maybe a slice or two in a morning brunch or for Easter or Christmas dinner, but as a main protein for dinner any other time I know there would be a lot of wrinkled noses in my crowd at least. 
  • You don't necessarily need to have a fish entree - what you need is simply to make sure that there are enough options so that each of your guests will be able to find something they can eat. I'm with PP in that I would probably do fish instead of ham, personally. We did three entrees: chicken, beef, and a vegetarian one. We didn't do a fish one because I had multiple guests with seafood allergies and I wanted to be on the safe side.

    You also don't mention a vegetarian option - you should always either have one or make sure that your venue will supply one to any guest that requires one.
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  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado mod
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    I'm a huge fan of giving as many options as you can afford.     So while you don't "have" to, if you can afford to  I would.     

    If you have to get rid of one of your other options I would get rid of ham and replace it with a fish options.  There are a lot of people who do not eat land animals, but will eat fish.

    I would also make sure you have a vegetarian option.






    What differentiates an average host and a great host is anticipating unexpressed needs and wants of their guests.  Just because the want/need is not expressed, doesn't mean it wouldn't be appreciated. 
  • I purposefully skipped fish so the reception wouldn't smell fishy.  I was at a wedding recently that had a filet and a piece of flounder twinned on the plate.  The whole place ended up smelling like fish.  No bueno.
  • Maggie0829Maggie0829 Ravens & Bohs & Crabs & O's member
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    Do you have a veggie option?  If not, you need one.

    If you only can provide three options, drop the ham and replace with fish.

  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado mod
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    I purposefully skipped fish so the reception wouldn't smell fishy.  I was at a wedding recently that had a filet and a piece of flounder twinned on the plate.  The whole place ended up smelling like fish.  No bueno.
    Well that is a venue/caterer issue.    Good fish does not smell.   I've attended/worked many weddings with fish and not once has the whole place ended up with a fish smell.






    What differentiates an average host and a great host is anticipating unexpressed needs and wants of their guests.  Just because the want/need is not expressed, doesn't mean it wouldn't be appreciated. 
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  • lyndausvi said:
    I purposefully skipped fish so the reception wouldn't smell fishy.  I was at a wedding recently that had a filet and a piece of flounder twinned on the plate.  The whole place ended up smelling like fish.  No bueno.
    Well that is a venue/caterer issue.    Good fish does not smell.   I've attended/worked many weddings with fish and not once has the whole place ended up with a fish smell.
    I wasn't willing to take the risk that whatever happened in preparation or what was used would smell.  Not to mention, I cook fresh swordfish at my house often, and even though it's fresh and high quality, my kitchen tends to have a certain scent afterwards.  Certain kinds of fish seem to be worse than others.  
  • Ditto PPs - if you can only do 3 meat options, I'd ditch the ham in favor of fish. You also need a vegetarian option - if you can only have 3 options total, do chicken, beef and veg.

    I offered chicken, salmon and vegetarian mushroom strudel for my wedding and the breakdowns ended up as 102 chicken, 69 salmon and 21 vegetarian. We only had 3 actual vegetarians in attendance but it sounded so good that lots of meat-eaters chose it. Win/win - this was the cheapest option for us!

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  • Ditch the ham and pick a fish option.  I don't really love fish but I wouldn't remove that option from the menu that my guests will choose from.  Even my friends who HATE fish included this as an option at their wedding.  You don't have to eat it- but your guests might prefer it over chicken or beef.  

    And make sure you have a vegetarian option. Cover all your bases. Vegetarian/Pescetarian/Omnivore. 
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