Post # 1
So FH and I are planning on doing a Sunday brunch wedding reception. Both of us have been vegetarians for quite some time, and I’m struggling with deciding whether we should serve meat as part of our buffet. Both of us are vegetarian for partially moral reasons, partially we just aren’t big meat eaters. I would love to not serve any meat in the sense that I don’t want to kill any extra animals unnecessarily for a meal we are serving, but I also want people to enjoy themselves and their meals. FH thinks that since it’s “our” party, we should serve whatever we want, but I’m scared that people will be outright upset at the lack of bacon at a brunch buffet, haha.
One of the caterers we’re talking to proposed the following menu:
– Assorted Muffins & Danishes
– Cheese & Crackers, Veggies & Fruit w/ Dip
– Greens/apple/cranberry salad
– Yogurt bar w/ berries & granola
– pancakes w/ butter & syrup
– hash browns
– scrambled eggs two ways
– made to order waffles w/ strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, choc chips
– Pre carved ham, bacon and breakfast sausages
This menu looks awesome, and I feel like it’s already pretty big even without the meat options. Do you guys think we can cut those, or would that be too obvious and/or offend our guests? I feel like serving all vegetarian food at a dinner reception could be a bit more “obvious”, but maybe we can get away with it at brunch??
Post # 2
I’d still absolutly love that menu even if you cut the meat options. There is PLENTY on that menu without the meat options.
Also, I would never expect meat to be served at the wedding of a vegetarian friend, especially if both people getting married were vegetarian.
Post # 3
Ooh how about French toast? Or an omelette bar minute the meats. Poached eggs or soft boiled or hard boiled eggs. Mmmm. Looks good!
Post # 4
Also people can go one day without bacon! I say keep it veggie.
Post # 5
Sounds delicious! I wouldn’t miss the meat if you took it off.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
French toast would be an awesome addition. An omelette bar or quiche would be my preference over scrambled eggs but nothing wrong with them. I love your menu and wouldn’t miss meat at all. 😊
Post # 7
I love the vegetarian menu and think it’s fine without meat, but I’m partially biased because I was a vegetarian for 7 years. That said, there are a lot of meat lovers and many people think it’s common courtesy to offer meat options (the same way carnivores offer vegetarian options at their weddings).
Post # 8
I like the idea of an omelette station if possible. As someone who likes meat, I would be okay with omelettes even if there was no meat involved. I just can’t do all that sugar/carbs of the other items you’re serving.
Post # 9
Tons of options even if you eliminate the meat! It is much easier to have a veggie brunch as opposed to a veggie dinner. I think guests would be happy to skip their morning bacon and enjoy the other menu items!
Post # 10
It sounds lovely. Serving meat is never required.
“That said, there are a lot of meat lovers and many people think it’s common courtesy to offer meat options (the same way carnivores offer vegetarian options at their weddings).”
It’s not the same at all unless the couple is ethically opposed to vegetables, but offers it at their wedding as a concession to vegetarians. OP, get ready for people to say that they and their Fiance (who regularly eats 2 racks of ribs and a steak in one sitting and must have meat at every meal) would leave early to head to fast food drive-through.
Post # 11
I have a lot of vegetarian friends who when they hosted parties and stuff always had meat options just as a courtesy to the rest of us. I think it’s a bit different in your case as it’s a brunch, not a dinner or something, but there will probably be complaints about why there isn’t meat…
I like the French Toast suggestion, I think pancakes or crepes would do really well too.
Post # 12
I am an omnivore (and bacon fan) but would be perfectly fine if you eliminated the meats. I would skip the pancakes and add an omelette bar (because I cannot eat all the breads, so no muffins, danish, pancakes or waffles for me) as eliminating the meats makes it a sweet/carb heavy menu.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2017 - State Park
You’ve got a good variety without the meat, the eggs and yogurt plus the green salad are all good breaks from the carb heavy breakfast stuff. I think you’re more than fine to not include meat, but I’m doing a vegetarian wedding.
Bacon is having a moment – so you might disappoint a few guests to skip it, but I really can’t imagine anyone having an issue with your menu or going hungry.
Also I’m going to assume – as other bees won’t – that you’ll be accommodating dietary restrictions.
Post # 14
I think the menu sounds amazing without the meat. I’m a vegetarian and DH is not but I could see him being happy about the food served. People will survive one meal without bacon. The menu looks like there will be plenty of options to please guests!
Post # 15
For everyone suggesting omlettes or eggs, isn’t that considered a meat option that would get taken away?