Tuscan Station at Wedding
What is your opinion of having a Tuscan station (pasta, pizza, olives, cheeses, etc.) at an upscale wedding in New York City? Does the food appeal to most people and is it elegant enough for a wedding? Also, would it fit in with a sushi station (or if not, could you suggest an appropriate station). Also, I feel this type of food is a little old fashioned for today.
I agree with you - sounds pedestrian - unless done in a unique/interesting way.
Actually sushi does too - I mean, how good is it going to be? California rolls? Spicy tuna maki? Unless the hosts drop real dollars on quality fish/chef.
If it's your wedding and it's what you want to have, then do what you want to do. Don't worry how it "looks", if it's going to make you happy to have it, then make yourself happy.
Having recently gone through a wedding and picking out food and menus and everything else involved in planning, the best advice we got was to take everyone else's opinions and ideas with a grain of salt, and do what we want. (We also paid for the wedding ourselves, so perhaps we had a bit more directorial control of everything, but it was the best advice we got.) You hopefully are doing this once in your life, and if I'm throwing a wedding for 100-150+ people you can be sure I'm going to serve the food that makes "me" happy.
As for us, we did an oyster bar, charcuterie (pates, cured and torchon) with pickles, a cheese and crudite along with breads and some fruit. We had everything available at 2 or 3 spots so that people could get everything in one shot. It worked well for our group and we were extremely happy with the outcome.
I feel that sometimes people try to make their wedding food too "elegant" and guests go home hungry. Key is to strike the right balance between tasty food and something you and your guests will enjoy. Is this for cocktail hour? What other station are you thinking of having (besides sushi)?
Good food is never "old fashioned." A wedding doesn't have to be elegant. Years ago I attended a wedding held in the bride's parents back yard. (Very large yard, to be sure). The wedding was mid-afternoon, and after the ceremony, picnic tables were set up and the guests feasted on corned beef sandwiches with all the trimmings. It was a fun, informal event.
If you like it, if it's what YOU want to serve and eat, then go for it. It's your special day, after all.
[And this is coming from someone who catered many, many weddings over the years. for too many couples who bent over backwards trying to please "them."]
In my opinion, its really about presentation when it comes to wedding stations. I had everything from a raw bar to a falafel station and everything in between. I don't think there is a problem with "fitting in" with your other stations.
Tomato soup and grilled cheese is as basic as it gets. But put that tomato soup in a shooter with a garnish and top the shooter with a crostini and melted artisinal cheese.... now you have a wedding app!
Not sure if you've made your decision yet, but... i went to a friend's recent wedding. The couple was Italian and Jewish, the wedding budget was definitely up there and the food was the best I have ever eaten at a wedding. The cocktail hour included both a Tuscan station AND a sushi station. Both worked well with the other offerings they had (including a raw bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and more). I think the Tuscan station was actually one of the most popular, as the high end crowd really enjoyed some finer meats, cheeses, marinated veggies and more. Good food is good food. The elegance was really in the presentation and successful layout of the cocktail hour. It had a nice flow with the stations well spaced. And the tables/stations were really beautiful in terms of the decor and the food presentation.