Post # 1
My fiancee Manny and I are both vegan for ethical reasons. So naturally we are having a vegan only wedding. This is amazing for two reasons #1 Great food without contributing to animal suffering #2 our caterer is ridiculously cheap at $20/head which INCLUDES an entire dessert table.
I somewhat know our caterer at Rise Above Bakery & Catering so he is nice enough to allow me to put in my 2cents on the buffet.
We are getting married on September 22, 2013 so I want a summer/fall menu with mostly local/in-season vegetables. (Ontario).
95% of our guests are not veg. We don’t want to scare them into thinking we are lentil and quinoa eating hippy vegans. My fiancee and I are both lovers of all things comfort and diner food.
We are also doing a family style dinner since we know that some people will not be keen on trying to the vegan roast and may opt for a plate of pasta instead.
I’m hoping someone out there in the Weddingbee universe has had a veg wedding and can offer some menu suggestions. Alternatively anyone who has done “family style'”I would love to know what you served since 99% of food items can be made vegan.
Personally I am thinking that i’d like to keep in tradtiional and down home feeling….potato salad, “roast” beef, pasta, fresh artisan bread, casear salad, etc.
Would love your input!
Post # 3
I am not vegan and never been to a vegan wedding. However, regardless of how people may react, it is your wedding so you should do what you want, not what other people want. So stick to your guns when you get negative feedback. I think it would be fun to do something out of my personal comfort zone.
We originally wanted to do fam style, but that place ended up being reserved already. It really brings out the people’s inner social butterflies
Post # 4
I haven’t done this, and I don’t plan too but I do cook vegetarian at home so I’m pretty open to this style of food. I think those are good options you have. I think pasta will be a great thing because there are so many excellent pastas options that can be vegan. But I would make sure it’s more of a filling meal-type pasta (versus just pasta salad). So if people are scared of the “roast” they will at least be able to eat pasta as their meal.
For me, as long as it tastes good I would eat it! I’ve made vegan “meatloaf” (made out of lentils and beans) before and I loved it. But I know not everyone is so open to new things.
Post # 5
I was in a wedding and the food was vegetarian. I don’t remember anyone complaining but the food was very good. It was salad, stuffed portabella, veggie lasagna, cake etc. I think this would be harder to do as vegan mainly because vegan “meat” and “cheese” are gross to meat eaters. If you can manage to come up with a menu that does not include serving a lot of “fake” meat and cheese then I think you could pull it off. Good luck!
Post # 6
If I were to do a total vegan wedding for fall I would ask for….
- Squash soup – pumpkin or any other squash – along with spinach because I like how the orange and green looks!
- Salad – doesn’t have to have lettuce!
- Cabbage rolls – it doesn’t have to have rice in it either – a whole bunch of cooked veggies rolled up in a cabbage leaf
- Meatless meatloaf – with mashed potatoes and green and yellow beans with mushroom gravy, lots and lots of gravy…. yummy!
- I love the look of stuffed peppers. I would do some of every color – red, yellow, orange and green
- I also like the look of baked potatoes with all the “trimmings”!
- Tons of desserts! Mini-sized and bite sized ones.
I guess my menu sounds more like a sit down dinner? LOL
Post # 7
@happyface: I’m sure it could be adjusted to family style! We have super long tables of 12 so plenty of room 🙂 Everything you just said is making me ridiculously hungry by the way. Cabbage rolls sound awesome right about now.
Post # 8
@plzhalp: That’s what i’m thinking. I’m going to have one or two things that are meat replacements but that’s it. At home we actually eat SO much meat replacements but I think that would probably turn non-vegans off and seem too synesthetic.
Post # 9
@MASPA: Oh trust me! This has been an ongoing debate with my fiancees mom in particular. While my mom says “whatever makes them happy” she is quite gung-ho about how we should have meat…even though we’re vegan and even though we are paying lol.
For the haters who can’t sacrifice one meat dinner for us, I would love to include directions to the nearest mcdonalds in their wedding prorgams 😛
Honestly though I think that this wedding is an excellent place to prove everyone wrong. Vegan food as i’m sure you know can be quite delicious if done correctly. I’ve been veg since I was 14 (10 years) and consider myself a “foodie”. I wouldn’t have come this far if the food sucked! 🙂
Thanks for your words of encouragement by the way!
Post # 10
We are doing a fishatarian wedding. So no red meat, chicken, or turkey. People will eat what they eat and they will be fine with it. As long as there is pasta people should be fine. Do you have any people who are gluten free? That might be a little problem, but I am sure you can figure something out.
Vegan food is very yummy when done properly. I have a whole cookbook that is amazing and all vegan food. So dang good.
Post # 11
@Day_In_The_Life: I think I only have GF girl coming. The restaurant (Rise Above) always has at least one GF option so I think they’ll whip up something amazing for her. My fiancee and I are ALWAYS the ones who don’t get adequate food at weddings so I want to ensure that everyone gets something yummy regardless of their dietary restrictions! I swear to god if I eat another salad or plain pasta dish at a wedding i’m going to flip out.
Also since i’m ranting…if one more person says “I gave you a veg dish at my wedding you should give me a meat dish at your wedding” I’m actually going to uninvite them and potentially punch them in the face, That includes my sister….hahaha
Post # 12
@bretonvirgniia: “I gave you a veg dish at my wedding you should give me a meat dish at your wedding”
Really? There is a HUGE difference in the two… I would love to talk about the difference of “killing” a carrot and “killing” a cow factory style! ugh some people!
(I love your McDonald’s direction idea!! LOL)
Post # 14
@inky_1: OMG. That sounds delish!
Post # 15
Anything butternut squash… I love love love squash this time of year.
Fire-roasted tomato soup or leek soup…or potato soup…or carrot and fennel soup…ALL the soup!
Some sort of vegan potstickers (with edamame on the side please? and miso soup? lol)
Mushroom risotto (vegan style)
Post # 16
My fav vegan items are:
Burnt Sage Carrot ‘butter’ with pumpkin ravioli
Wild Mushroom Risotto