(Closed) Forgot to add vegetarian option…huge mistake?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would contact your caterer and see if you can add a vegetarian option. Two hor d’oeuvres options and a salad is not enough.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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CarolinaJames :  Didn’t you just answer your own question?  You have 2 or 3 vegetarians and 4 different meats.  The only thing for them to eat is 2 apps and salad.  And ice cream.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Contact the caterer. They can usually add a pasta dish or two if the order is big enough with no trouble. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Many caterers offer a “silent” vegetarian option which is just part of the package and yet goes unadvertised on your menu (those people that want it would just need to ask for it) so you might want to ask your caterer!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Can you have a few plated meals for the vegetarians so you don’t have to provide enough on the buffet for a lot of people who might fancy it on the day? 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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CarolinaJames :  Not necessarily. If you only have a few vegetarians, you don’t need a whole station. Most caterers will prepare individual plates for those with dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc). So first step is talk to your caterer and find out if they can do a plated meal for the few vegetarians you have. If not, and the only food available is your stations, then yes you need to add a vegetarian station. Also, are you sure there aren’t any other dietary restrictions you’re missing? Did you ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions?

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

So did you nix the pasta station? I would absolutely have something for the vegetarians. Even if you can only pinpoint a few, there might be other people who would want it (or are recent vegetarians, or can’t eat the other things you have due to allergies or whatever).

eta – whoops saw you did nix it. Missed that part.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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Hemnes :  You’d be surprised how many non-vegetarians will take the vegeterian entree if given a choice.  I have sometimes. OP, I would contact the cateerer and ask to add another option.

As an aside, it doesn’t sound like the menu you have right now has enough food.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

My menu is the choice of 3 dinners, beef chicken or salmon. I asked what happens if someone is vegetarian or has allergies and cannot eat one of the chosen dinners, they told me they will make a special meal upon request of a guest for allergy or vegetarian friendly at no extra cost to me. Since I only have a few people it would affect so I told them individually that they can tell the server their dietary needs and they will make something specific for them like a grilled portabella mushroom or something.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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sunnierdaysahead2 :  I wouldn’t have it availble for the non veggies.  I asked on my invites and gave the caterer the list of names and which table the vegetarians would be at.  They were served their plate to take up to the buffet with their main dish on it as the rest of their table went up.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

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CarolinaJames :  We had a veg. option however only 1 person out of 17 wanted it because apparently the 16 were allergic to mushrooms. Luckily our venue was really nice and did pasta options for the other guests. I had to make sure the venue knew what pasta went to which person. It was such a pain in the butt.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Can you put the pasta station back in? Pasta generally is a hit with most people and kids so it’s not like the pasta is only for the three vegetarians and wasted on others. Your wedding is enough months away that it shouldn’t be a big deal to tweak the menu? good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee

As a lifelong vegetarian it really sucks when you go somewhere for a long event and can’t eat. It really ruins my time because vegetarians typically also need to eat more frequently so I just end up hangry. At the very least I would warn them so they can pack some emergency protein bars. Especially because it doesn’t seem like you have many sides they can pick at  

It shouldn’t be necessary to have a whole menu item. I would just add a check box that says “vegetarian” on the invite and ask the caterer if they can make a few plates of pasta with sauce. 

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