Posted on: 17 July 2015Share
If you are a vegetarian and are planning a catered wedding, you are in good company. A recent survey established that 5% (1 out of 20) of Americans consider themselves to be vegetarians. Fortunately, by implementing several ideas for the menu on your big day, you will be able to meet the expectations of your guests and still comply with your own dietary beliefs. There is no need to sacrifice your own stance on the consumption of animals or animal products on your special day.
Be Very Clear With The Caterer As To What Food Is Or Is Not Acceptable
It is important to remember that there are many different types of vegetarian diets in existence today. Although to you, not eating meat may automatically mean you are a vegetarian, others may lean toward allowing some fish into a vegetarian diet.
There is also the possibility of a vegetarian diet incorporating some aspects of a vegan diet, and therefore the use of eggs or dairy products may not be an option. You have probably already noticed that even within the confines of any particular type of vegetarian diet, people will often adapt their food preferences and therefore, cataloging each person is rarely easy.
If you, your fiancé or your guests avoid eggs or dairy products, you will need to discuss the situation with your caterer. Although cakes that are not made with eggs, milk and butter exist, they will often provide a special challenge to their creators.
Make Multiple Food Options Available To Your Guests
Obviously, the standard question about "chicken or beef" at your wedding will not be asked. One positive aspect of a vegetarian menu at your wedding is one you probably have already noticed at home. Specifically, meat is expensive and meals that are made meat-free tend to be more affordable.
As a result, you may want to consider more than two meal options. That way, your guests are more likely to find something they enjoy. Pasta dishes, eggplant, meatless burgers and anything made of mushrooms provides texture and taste to your guests. At the same time, the situation will also allow you to illustrate to concerned family members and friends that you do eat more than just a vegetable plate at every meal.
In conclusion, you already know that following a vegetarian diet is not always easy. Fortunately, by choosing the right caterer and effectively communicating your concerns, you can have the day you have always wanted and still feel good about the food you provide to your guests.