(Closed) I'm a vegetarian… Should I serve meat at the reception?!

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My fiance is a vegetarian and I try to eat as little meat as I can, but I’d lean toward having meat options available at your reception.  I feel like there are some people who wouldn’t know what to eat if there wasn’t meat.  Of course, there are lots of filling delicious meals that don’t involve meat and it’s ultimately whatever you want to provide.  🙂

Post # 4
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I plan to. 

Post # 5
2604 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My SO and I are pescetarian and have wondered what to do about this too when we get married. Subscribing to this thread so I can see what other veggie Bees have to say 🙂

Post # 6
2623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t not serving meat is torture. I think serving a filling meal is all that is needed. Pasta, veggies, whatever

Post # 7
3631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Well, as a carnivore, while I would totally understand if at my veggie friends wedding there were no meat, I would seriously be greatful if there were. Also, I think it depends on why you are a vegitarian. If you are a “meat is murder” kinda person, I would also exspect there to be no meat more than if it is for healthy eating reasons. 

Post # 8
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If the bride and groom are morally against meat, then I wouldn’t expect it to be served at the wedding.  Otherwise, I would.  Either way, I don’t think you have to serve it.  And if you decide not to, I would still have at least a couple of vegetarian options for your guests to choose from.

Post # 9
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

FI’s sister had a vegetarian reception and nobody complained.  She had three plated options: 1) Butternut squash ravioli, 2) Vegan “corned beef” sandwich, which had stewed apples instead of beef (otherelse than texture, you could barely tell the difference in taste), and 3) some Thai noodle dish that has a peanut butter sauce.  The salad was Romaine lettuce with candied walnuts and a raspberry vinaigrette.

 If you give a good variety that is well thought out and doesn’t “scream” vegetarian (tofu this, tofu that..be careful, carnivores aren’t fooled), I don’t believe your guests will have a problem.  Talk with your caterers.  Even bring in some ideas or recipes!

Post # 10
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think that it would be a nice gesture to have a meat choice (or two). HOWEVER, you are not obligated to serve meat (especially if you’re veggie for strong personal moral convictions and don’t want to finance the eating of meat).

If you go the non-meat route, PLEASE have something that people will view as “filling”. Pasta is a good bet, and things stuffed with cheese. Risotto would work as well, or something with lots of potatoes. TRY to stay away from veggies that are typically unliked (or, if you include them, try to not make them the focus of the meal, or at least have another choice); for example, brussel sprouts/squashes/broccolli, etc.

ETA: And, FWIW, I am totally a carnivore! : D But I can live with meat not being served at a wedding if I have me some ooey-gooey-cheesy pasta.

Post # 11
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m not a vegetarian, and I wouldn’t be put out if I attended a wedding where the food was all vegetarian.  Especially if it’s something like a hearty pasta dish that could satiate just about anybody.  But if you’re not morally opposed to meat, and you can afford the cost of giving your guests a choice of entree, then I think it would be a nice gesture to give your guests the option of a chicken or seafood dish.

Post # 12
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a veggie, and Fiance doesn’t eat much meat (and doesn’t eat any meat at home), but we are having a veggie-friendly and a chicken option at our wedding. We opted to do so because my family is paying for the (really expensive) catering, and they wanted chicken, so meh. As long as I don’t have to eat it, I’m cool with it!

Post # 13
2121 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

if you dont eat meat then i wouldnt feel obliged to serve it!

id avoid anything with mushrooms or olives (lots of people dont like them) and if possible serve things with cheese. as a big meat eater, cheese is my second big love (of course choose the one without rennet!)

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

I’ll piggy back on what many have said if you are morally against it. However, if you aren’t then I don’t see in any harm in serving at least one protein dish and I’m sure you’re carnivore guests will be happy about it. However, if you do not want to serve any type of meat then offer options which are delicious and fulfilling such as a nice, hearty pasta dish (maybe ravioli0 or veggie lasagna). Other ideas could be an asian veggie noodle dish or how about some corn tamales (like the ones from The Cheesecake Factory) Fiance and I tried them today and they had no meat whatsoever but they were absolutely yummy!


Post # 15
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would serve meat, just because you don’t eat it doesn’t mean everyone at your wedding doesn’t. That may be just me, though!

Post # 16
5259 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it would be nice to give people the option, unless you are somehow morally opposed to meat consumption.  A local or sustainable farmer with fresh meat might be a good option.

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