(Closed) ALL Vegetarian Wedding

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
433 posts
Helper bee

What protien meat substitutes are you looking at.


Your menu choices that you listed don’t really have main stream ingredients.  I mention this because non-vegitarians like myself expect menu items like sweet potatoes and lentils, and bean sliders, and thats sort of the reason we are prejudiced against it.  I mean, I’ve had plenty of delicious non meat dishes (and I recently found the only sweet potato recipe I’ve ever enjoyed) but if you aren’t going to serve up meat entrees (which is TOTALLY fine, imo) do you think you might maybe consider having a few…. mainstream style choices? If you had vegetarian choices you knew your family would love to eat then it might even open up their understanding of your lifestyle or make them consider the possibility.


I’m interested to see what your menu ends up being!  I think that your wedding should be about you and your groom so I think you should totally go for an all vegetarian wedding 🙂


(Also when I click on this thread there are “related posts” that pop up that might help you too)

Post # 4
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think the things you have suggested sound really good!  I’ve recently started to cut way back on meat consumption though so I might not be the type of person you’re worried about. 

I agree with  @Bunny82:  though, just make sure you have some basic dishes that people are used to, like a pasta dish.  Also make sure you have some things that don’t have the “meat substitutes.”  I would imagine there would be a lot of people who would rather be low on protein than experiment with TVP or something like that for the first time. 

Post # 5
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

As I posted in another recent thread about vegetarian weddings, my husband is hindu and we had a hindu ceremony and reception that was alcohol and meat-free.  AND it was Indian and Sri Lankan food.  My friends and family are American, and who knows?  I am sure some of them don’t like “weird” foods.  But guess what?  I *love* curry, and so does my husband’s family.  So that is what we had….and I heard only good things about our food at the first reception!

So…do what you want.  It’s your wedding!  You’re the host, so you get to decide what’s served.  I have a special hate for broccoli. I mean, I really super hate it.  But I’ve been to many a dinner party/potluck/asian dinner with tons of broccoli.  And I can’t even eat anything that has touched broccoli, so I can’t just pick it out or eat around it.  But I get over it and eat when I get home (if I have to). 

The end.  😉

Post # 6
3292 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think your menu sounds delicious, and I’m not a vegetarian (although to be fair, everyone thinks I am because I rarely eat meat)… I went to a wedding this summer that was completely  vegetarian — no fish, even. It was delicious, and everyone certainly seemed satisfied. I was sitting with a bunch of meat-lovers, and I didn’t hear anyone even mention the lack of meat. 

Post # 7
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Also, “regular food” really varies depending on the people and culture.  To my husband’s family, vegetarian, extremely spicy, curried food is “regular”.  Pasta, or mashed potatos, or that type of food, is very strange for them.  So there is no “basic” or “normal” for a lot of people, so you may as well please yourself.

On that note, on our second reception, we had Mexican food (with meat), which my family loved, but his thought was a bit weird.  Again, you can’t please everyone and no one complained to us!

Post # 8
6317 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@stasiia:  Yeah it’s your wedding, but if I were having a wedding I would likely offer a vegeterian option so I think that vegetarians should offer a meat option. Common courtesy. No I don’t need to have meat every meal, but it’s the principle of the thing.

Post # 10
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Our lunch reception will be all vegetarian. We’re planning on serving a variety of appetizers: spanikopita, vegetable spring rolls, bruschetta, etc. There will also be a pasta bar, as well as cookies and pastries at each table.

Post # 11
466 posts
Helper bee

I think the fact that you will have fish will make it okay. The rest of your options sound deliecious too. I am a meat eater but if I attened your reception I would have no issues with what you have on your menu.


One thing i would have at least two seafood choices for example shrimp and also the  salmon or tuna. Reason being is that some people like myself might be allergic to shell fish but still enjoy eating  other kinds of fish 

Post # 12
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

It’s not vegetarian if there’s fish.

but apart for that, we’re having a gourmet vegan meal and its going to be delicious. I say go for it! 

Post # 13
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Atrium at the Curtis Center

My sister had a vegetarian wedding, no one complained at all, and all the food was delicious. except for my dad who demanded a steak since he was paying for it, everyone was very satisfied by the options. 

Post # 14
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think that sounds delicious and I would be totally happy at your reception! I was a vegetarian for 5 years, so I am a little biased… But really, I think your food sounds awesome and you should serve what is “you.” Serve some good starches – bread and butter, rice pilaf, something for picky eaters who don’t like veggies.

Post # 15
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Veg head for 9 years and planning on a similar sitch. Your food is great and you should have what makes you morally/ethically comfortable regardless of meat eaters. They’d never ask as Jewish couple to host non-Kosher food. Same deal. 

Post # 16
1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

A few years ago, my sister had a completely vegan reception. At first my family (especially my father) were nervous about the thought of “not eating any food,” because they view meat as the only credible source of food (gross!). After a five course meal of chilled summer soup, balsamic spinach salad with melon balls, grilled portabello mushroom with potatoes, black bean steak with veggies, and pasta, the guests were very happy! With an exception of how long it took to eat. lol

As long as you include hearty, protein-rish dishes that are familar to your guests, no one will leave disappointed! 

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