Today's post is dedicated to our small, but important group of readers who are often neglected - vegan couples! The food is one of the most important aspects of the wedding, but what if you're vegan and your guests are not?
First of all, serving vegan food at your wedding is a great way to expose your guests to how delicious vegan food can be, it also introduces them to your lifestyle, after all, it is your day to make a statement! It is also a great way to reduce your wedding carbon footprint - something most vegans value.
A "green" wedding is a common theme. So many people are interested in the green movement, I am sure it will intrigue your guests. The best and fun part about green wedding are the DIY projects. A few vegan brides have chosen to use paper flowers instead of real flowers for their bouquet. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they can be made to match the style and color of your wedding. They will never wilt, so you can keep them long after the wedding is over.
As for the food, I am sure you have your favorite dishes in mind, but your guests might not be used to an all-vegan meal. So you could stick to familiar foods such as mushrooms, nuts and even couscous. If you are having trouble finding vegan pastry desserts, you can serve fresh fruits with cream - everyone loves berries and cream!
Many vegan brides are at a dilemma about including meat-options as part of the menu. Some brides don't mind catering to their guests preferences, but others are simply uncomfortable with having meat products at their own wedding. As I've said, it is your day, so don't feel selfish about it. You would not expect to see pork at a kosher wedding or beef at a Hindu wedding, simply because it is offensive and it goes beyond a personal choice. So no matter your reason of being vegan, personal or religious, your guests should respect your values. Plus, if you serve delicious vegan dishes, your guests would have no reason to complain.
Here's a great site for brides who need inspiration and help planning their vegan wedding. Rose Petals Vegan Weddings is a great website for everything you need to host a vegan wedding. They also have a list of vegan caterers which could be hard to find.
Don't give up on the idea of having an entirely vegan wedding. It might require a little more planning but it is possible! Just stay true to who you are and it will be a satisfying experience. Good luck!
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