Since I’m getting married later this year, I’ve decided that it would be fun to share my wedding journey with all of you! Kortney & Katie have already published some amazing posts about their own weddings here on the blog (that’s how I found Vegan Housewives in the first place!) and I’ll be giving you a monthly insight into how we’ve been planning our all-vegan wedding over the next few months!
When I first started planning, I found myself really struggling to find information on how to plan a vegan wedding. My fiancé and I are both vegan and were set on having a cruelty-free celebration, but we couldn’t find much information on how to put it together, especially not in the Liverpool area! I hope that this series might help some of you going through the same process!
When we first got engaged, I started researching wedding venues right away. We kept the engagement a secret for a little bit, so when we did tell people that we chose to spend our future together, planning was already going full steam ahead! We ended up sending out engagement announcement cards because our families are scattered all over the place and it was just too difficult to tell everyone individually, but I think announcing it in person would have been a lovely alternative, had that been at all feasible.
Once the word was out, we started looking around more earnestly. We set our budget and started putting together our guest list (Martha Stewart Weddings has a great toolkit for all of this) and began the ongoing process of what was important to us and what was unnecessary. This is something that’s still ongoing and probably won’t be finished until the big day. When you first decide to have a wedding, you have all these amazing ideas in your head (or on Pinterest, let’s be honest), but incorporating all of them is not always possible unless you’re on an unlimited budget. That’s okay though, because you’ve probably already picked your favourite elements, albeit unconsciously. In our case, we considered each of our ideas, played around with several different themes and ended up choosing something that is actually fairly undefined… but that’s for another post!
When you have your budget and a rough idea of what you want and how many people will be there, it’s a good time to get the ‘big’ things out of the way. For us this was the venue, the catering, the stationary, the photographer and the cake. The stationary was the easiest, as we’re customising and printing our own over on Wedding Chicks. The photographer was a bit more difficult, but my fiancé, Jake, spent ages googling wedding photographers and found a package that was exactly what we were looking for at a reasonable price. After meeting the photographer we knew it was the right choice! Choosing the venue took us a bit longer. After sending out endless amounts of emails and getting lots of unbelievably high quotes (£3500 for a marquee? No thanks) we stumbled across the perfect place! Fortunately, this included the catering, but this is again a topic I will go into in more detail in a later post. In our case, the most difficult thing to source was the cake. I can’t tell you how many replies I received saying “sorry, we can’t do vegan cake”, which I found nerve-wrecking. I was worried we’d have to settle for a second-rate cake and was even considering making the whole thing myself when I stumbled across a lovely baker at a local wedding fair. She was more than happy to make a vegan cake and her designs are absolutely beautiful. It all worked out to the best in the end!
Now that all these things were crossed off my to-do list, we began focusing on more detailed aspects of organization. Next month, I’ll be talking about our wedding theme!
Have you ever planned a vegan wedding? What did you do first?