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  • Vegan Wedding Series | Part 3: The Food

    by Hannah on May 20, 2014

    VeganWedding3As wedding season approaches, I want to talk about one of the most important parts of a vegan wedding, or any wedding in fact: the food.

    You’ve probably already though about this, and maybe even decided on your menu. If so, great. Feel free to skip this instalment of the Vegan Wedding Series. If not, however, I hope this post might give you a few ideas on how to get started.

    For us, it was pretty clear from the start that we wanted an all-vegan menu and that we weren’t going to compromise on that. Many wedding guides will tell you that this isn’t the right time to ‘force’ your ethical ‘beliefs’ ‘down your family’s throat’ (what a fitting analogy). This statement seems to be really common, and I just can’t get over it. Without going into too much detail about why you would want to keep your menu all-vegan (I’m sure Vegan Housewives readers are aware of all of those reasons), I’m going to tell you one thing: This is a day that is supposed to make you and your partner happy. If you’re okay with compromising and having some non-vegan dishes, cool! If the thought makes you squeamish, you should in no way feel obliged to incorporate animal products. You shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable at your own wedding.

    If you do decide that you want an all-vegan menu and start getting odd looks from friends and family (this hasn’t happened to us too much, thankfully), you might want to spend a bit of time thinking about the types of dishes you could offer. Ideally, you want something that is absolutely delicious and will simultaneously make your guests feel at ease. Think about the people you’ll be sharing your day with. Where are they from? What do they like, what might they be a little apprehensive about? What type of food is usually served at celebrations in their circles? This should give you a good idea of what types of food you could incorporate. When you have that, you can start figuring out how to veganise the whole concept.

    For concrete menu ideas, we spent lots of time going through all of our cookbooks. We asked ourselves which dishes sounded appealing and whether they might be crowd pleasers. Since we’re going with a buffet, we also considered whether each dish would look presentable and whether it was something that could be easily self-served. Rather than going with a specific meal concept, we ended up just picking and choosing foods we liked, with the goal of achieving and all-round delicious meal. I won’t tell you exactly what we’ve chosen, as it’s still a secret, but we went for simple, familiar flavours and individual portions ;).

    If you’re still really stuck, I would recommend googling existing menu ideas. My experience is that most caterers nowadays are very willing to make vegan food and have a fair bit of knowledge on how to veganise almost any dish. Make sure you meet with the chef or wedding planner to discuss the menu and see what they can do!

    Have you ever planned or attended an all-vegan celebration? How did guests react to the menu?

    About Hannah

    Hannah is currently studying and working in Liverpool, UK where she'll (hopefully) by graduating with a degree in Drama & International Studies in 2014 and moving on to find her place in the "real world". She's also planning her wedding to her true love Jacob, to take place shortly after! In her free time, she likes cooking, baking, ballet dancing, working on her own blog, anything to do with horses, reading (mostly sic-fi and fantasy, although she sometimes enjoys more realistic stories) and playing the piano. She's particularly interested in vegan food & beauty, as well as planning a vegan wedding, so you can expect plenty of UK-related posts in those categories!

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    Kind Mom May 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    We had vegan tapas and brick oven pizza! It was amazing and all of the family members that made jokes about needing to grab McDonalds beforehand where stuffing their faces! We used a local place we knew had a portable brick oven to cater.

    Our other idea was to do vegan chilies with bread bowls and a toppings bar but since we went with a summer date the tapas felt right.


    Kortney Campbell May 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    oh man, that sounds go good!!!


    Cameron May 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I had a vegan wedding and everyone told me they loved the food!


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