I am so happy my family never treated my vegetarianism as a stage! People who didn’t know me, yeah, sometimes, but my mom even went pescetarian and started cooking all-vegetarian family dinners when I announced that I was going vegetarian at age 8!
I agree with lilyfaith on the ravioli, with an interesting sauce or maybe some kind of risotto, chock full of veggies? You should find out if your guests like mushrooms–they’re my favorite food and SO many things can be done with them. My favorite restaurant, Horizons Philadelphia, makes amazing entrees with mushrooms cooked like, five ways. You should definitely check out their menus for inspiration! I am a bit more hesitant, however, on the tofu, seitan, or tempeh dishes. People who have never worked with these foods before have a tendency to f them up. If you caterer has cooked extensively with them, that’s awesome, but if not, you might not want to risk it. Still, make sure to include SOME kind of protein: I know I get all headache-y and dizzy if I go for a long period of time during the day without eating any! You don’t want a guest passing out at your reception :/
I do this every time someone brings up vegetarian meals at receptions: take a look at the menus at some of my favorite vegetarian restaurants, all their food is sure to be crowd-pleasing (for vegetarians and omnivores alike). It really depends on the palettes of your guests as to what the best thing to serve is, so maybe just take a glance and see if anything sounds right?
Ubuntu : Michelin-ranked “vegetable-based” restaurant in Napa, CA
Millennium: San Francisco vegan gourmet restaurant that has consistently won “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” VegNews survey for the past like, ten years
Horizons : mentioned above, my favorite restaurant, in Philadelphia; first vegetarian restaurant to ever serve a meal at the James Beard House in NYC
Candle 79 : NYC’s premiere vegan restaurant (two locations in Manhattan); they’ll be doing MY wedding catering
Blossom : Another AWESOME vegan restaurant in NYC; they have three locations in Manhattan now so they must be doing something very, very right.