Post # 1
I am planning on having a completely vegetarian wedding. Most people know that I am vegetarian but I haven’t exactly advertised that the wedding will be vegetarian, except to my family of course. Fiance is completely supportive and wants a veg wedding even though he is technically an omnivore, but doesn’t eat any meat in our house. I was originally thinking of doing 2 separate dishes and having guests choose their entree selection, but I don’t want them to see the options and think WHERES THE BEEF? and dread coming to our wedding!
We want it to seem “accidentally” vegetarian, as in no weird meat substitutes (I don’t eat them anyway) and we will serve one plate with 2 different dishes to each guest. Here is our menu as currently planned–we haven’t done tastings but this is what I’ve discussed with the caterer:
Appetizers: boursin stuffed mushrooms, tomato bruschetta, vegetarian egg rolls, cheese and fruit display, artichoke and roasted red pepper dip with pita chips.
Salad: mixed greens with spiced toasted pecans, blue cheese crumbles, and poached pears
Entree: roasted butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli with sage brown butter sauce and toasted pine nuts; AND roasted vegetable stack (portobellos, onions, zucchini, etc.) over creamy garlic polenta and melted mozzarella
The entree would be small portions of each dish on the same plate. What do you guys think– both vegetarians and meat eaters? My Fiance and parents are OK with this plan but I don’t know if they really like it or are just trying to make me happy– I want my guests to enjoy the food! Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Post # 3
Sounds delicious! I had difficulty choosing between a burger and butternut squash ravioli at a restaurant the other night, and I went for the ravioli – it was sooo amazing! I think guests will be satisfied.
Post # 4
@MissJK: It sounds delicious, but terrible for anyone who is lactose intolerant. It’s just something that you might want to check with your guests.
Post # 5
I’d be more than happy with that! Although I am vegetarian! I’m sure there will be people out there who will complain that you are not having any meat, but as long as the food is tasty I really don’t see why they should have a problem.
Post # 6
@housebee: Thanks! I agree, I was planning on at least asking about dietary restrictions on the RSVP card. I don’t normally eat much cheese either so I might consider taking cheese out of one of the entree dishes. Or at least tell the caterer to go lighter on the cheese 🙂
Post # 7
I eat meat, and I thought it looked great until the entrees – pasta and other high starch products doesn’t go well with me, neither does lots of cheese. However, I realise that I’m a special case. As long as you don’t have people that are gluten or lactose intolerant/strict with their diets – I think it should be fine.
Post # 8
@MissJK: I would definitely check with your guests first before you change anything. As an omnivore that definitely prefers meats to veg, this is a menu that I would really enjoy eating. Plus, there are quite a few people, like me, that have dairy allergies, but will suffer through them anyways for cheese. However, for someone like my Maid/Matron of Honor, who is genuinely lactose intolerant, it would make them very sick.
Post # 10
I’m an omnivore and I would be satisfied at your wedding. It sounds yummy.
Post # 11
@MissJK: Too much cheese. I would barely be able to eat anything at your wedding. I a) don’t really like cheese.. to the point where I feel like throwing up if it’s anything except parmesan or mozzarella or something very bland b) dairly makes me sick when I eat a meal sized amount of it. So yeah, I’d be missing the meat (but I guess I could live without it), and the cheese would really ensure that I wouldn’t be able to eat much.
Hopefully you don’t have any lactose intolerant guests.
Post # 12
I think that sounds AMAZING! And I don’t think anyone will complain about the lack of meat!
Post # 13
I am a vegetarian (marrying a vegan, and having a 95% vegan wedding) and I agree that it’s far too cheesy, though everything sounds DELICIOUS on its own.
Could you maybe have something with a little more nondairy protein (beans/nuts) instead of or in addition to the second entree? People who eat lots of meat-centric meals are used to a sustaining amount of protein and I’m sure they’d appreciate it.
Post # 14
That ravioli sounds AMAZING. I’d be all over that.
It’s a good idea to ask about dietary restrictions. My sister can’t eat large amounts of dairy or gluten, so it’s something to watch out for.
Post # 15
I wouldn’t complain about the lack of meat, but you may want to fine tune some of the cheeses, as both blue cheese and goat cheese can invoke some pretty strong emotions in people. Perhaps more middle-of-the-road cheeses, such as a portobello-and-smoked-mozzarella ravioli (will be amazing with the sage butter sauce) and a different salad (the combination of poached pear and blue cheese is a winner, so it would be really hard to swap just the cheese there).
It’s good variety and a lot of nice flavors and colors. I would just be worried that some people will turn their noses up at the strong flavored cheeses, and with a goat ravioli and a bleu salad, that might make some people only eat the appetizer and pick around at the rest.
Post # 16
Im not sure the entree sounds like enough food. I know the guys in my family would be disappointed by no meat.