(Closed) How to have a "secret" vegetarian option

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lovelyduckie:  As a veggie myself.. I dread getting invitations that don’t ask for dietary requirements. This is mainly because I feel like I royal ass having to call up the bride and see if they can accommodate me.. it feels like they never intended on making any arrangements for non-meat eaters and that I’m being a pain for even asking. I would include at least a line that says dietary requirements. When I get an invite that doesn’t, I usually end up writing “I’m a vegetarian” on the RSVP card before returning it if I don’t know the bride well enough to feel comfortable calling her (I’m Italian and get invited to a lot of weddings where I don’t know the couple all that well).

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@lovelyduckie:  Just do the line of Dietary Restrictions. This will also help you with allergies that you aren’t aware of (I have tomato allergy, garlic allergy and another random allergy guests coming and didn’t know before!)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think your solution sounds perfect.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just write on the menu choice card vegetarian option available upon request.  Only true veggies will call you up to make the request.

I’m not a fan of the dietary restriction line because honestly, you’re not going to be able to accommodate every individual allergy, nor should you have to.  People with allergies and restrictions know how to take care of themselves and will figure out something to eat (or eat beforehand if it’s that big of an issue).  

Post # 8
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lovelyduckie:  Two of my BMs are Vegitarians and our main dishes are pasta carbonara (has bacon in it) and a veggie lasagna. We arent telling people its veggie lasagna tho. lol Most people will prob eat it and not even notice! 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m also a veggie. I think vegetarian option available upon request is perfect. Only people who really need that option will go out of their way to contact you for that, but I think you’re correct that if it’s just an additional option, some people may just think it sounds good and pick it.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Like your venue, my venue would have charged extra for us offering a vegetarian option.

We actually offered only one entree — a combination plate featuring a filet of beef and shellfish, and we made no mention of entree selections whatsoever on our response cards.  However, we did list our entire menu on our wedding website and included a line that said something such as, “If you are allergic to shellfish or are unable to eat beef, please contact us at ___________________.” No one contacted us to request any dietary adjustments.

I already knew about several seafood allergies and aversions among my guests, so I proactively assigned those guests “double beef” entrees. Likewise, I knew that my father, who is Catholic, could not eat meat on Friday (he still observes this year-round), so he received a double portion of the shellfish.

One of my guests jokingly asked if she and her husband could have the surf-and-turf of another friend and her husband. When I heard this, I then contacted this other friend to ask if she and her husband are vegetarians, and she said that they are but that she actually wanted the shellfish option.  We decided on a cheese ravioli entree for her husband. He was the only one who received this special dish.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Please include the special dietary needs comment. 

Personally, I added in a vegetarian option. My dad and my best friend are vegetarians. There’s also a seafood and chicken option. Fiance and I don’t eat pork and I don’t eat red meat. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@MrsWBS:  +1 – I think this is the best option. I am not a vegetarian, but if the vegetarian option were described I might choose it if it sounded good. Otherwise I’d just pick from the listed options. So if you want to limit the people who request the vegetarian meal to those who genuinely need it, don’t describe it! LOL.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What if you have an extra pasta dish of some kind? And then make sure it has no legumes/dairy/etc…?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@suburbian:  I’m totally off topic, but I was curious why legumes would be a problem for a vegetarian or vegan. I’ve been a vegetarian over 20 years and that’s usually one of my main protein options, as it is for many vegans and vegetarians. Is there some secret about legumes I don’t know?

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

@lovelyduckie:  Have you specifically asked the caterer if they charge extra for vegetarian requests? Many caterers will offer veggie meals when requested, at no extra charge. Some allow you to offer it as an option, others say you can’t specifically mention it on the reply cards, but if someone requests it, it will be provided. I recommend double-checking just in case.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

yup. we actually just have a dual entree that’s crabcakes/filet and i made a line that said “please make note of any food allergies or special diets here:_____________”

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