- 4 months ago
I was just wondering if a few of you could quickly give me some insight into this issue. I am planning on having a “small” (60-ish people) reception at a private house following my nuptuals, and as I am a food freak, naturally, I am already planning the menu. We are thinking about having a meat option catered, because none of us have the equipment to cook meat on such a large scale, but will be making the sides, cake, and nibbly bits ourselves (this may sound crazy to some of you, but my immediate family/friends are all devoted cooks—many of whom are veteran wedding/event cooks—plus, this is a rather casual affair and I’m cutting corners on just about every other aspect, so I don’t anticipate any undue stress. We’re hiring a dish crew, though, because we’re not total masochists). The problem is, I have a lot of friends and relatives who are on various diets, some who have allergies, and a few who are “avoiding” certain foods, and they all seem to conflict with each other. I have some nut-sensitive people, some vegans, some vegetarians, some gluten-freers, some sugar-freers, and a mother-in-law who can’t have anything with too much oxalic acid in it due to kidney stone risk, although this is not inflexible apparently…(?).
I want everyone to be fed and happy, but I would also VERY much like to avoid making an individual option for every single one of these people. THAT would drive me insane, and I refuse to be driven insane. So, as I’ve never actually done this before, I’d like to know how some of you have handled guests’ eating “restrictions” at your wedding.