Every wedding takes work to plan, but putting together a vegan wedding might add a bit more stress–mainly because you want to keep your non-vegan guests happy. Here are seven mistakes to make sure you miss when planning your own vegan vows.
1. Listening to other people’s complaints. Chances are not everyone is going to be thrilled with the idea of going to a vegan wedding. But if it’s important to you, then you can’t make the mistake of caring about what other people will say about the food you served at your wedding, or that they didn’t care for it, says Miranda Tassi of Chancey Charm Charlotte. “This is your day and if it’s important to you that it remains all vegan, so be it!”
2. Not factoring in cost. Before you begin planning a vegan wedding, it’s important to know that vegan could cost more, says Jyl Deering of Chancey Charm Boston. “For this purpose, meet with your caterer or chef first to see what your options are. Since your menu requests might be more expensive, consider having a buffet or stations in place of a plated dinner.”
3. Choosing just any caterer. Hire a vegan caterer or a chef who has in-depth experience with vegan food, says Linda Soper-Kolton, chef at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. “Merely omitting animal ingredients doesn’t mean the food will be a creative example of how delicious it can be to eat vegan. There are too many fabulous ways to eat cruelty-free to settle for a meal comprised of ‘side dishes.’ Feel free to share your favorite vegan recipes as examples of the kinds of food and flavors you enjoy. And be sure to request a tasting before making any commitments.”
4. Keeping guests in the dark. Many couples don’t think about alerting their guests that they’re planning an all vegan wedding. “When you send your Save the Dates be creative and mention that your guests are attending a vegan wedding,” suggests the pros at Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering.
5. Not sharing the menu with guests. It’s extremely important to have individual menus listing all of the food items your guests will be indulging in, says Tassi. While chalkboard menus are cute, you want to be sure each of your guest’s physically sees a menu and knows what they will be eating. Plus, this is your chance to show non-believers that vegan food can be tasty; you’ll want to make sure they know what they are eating, so they can rave about it later.
6. Forgetting about the familiar. The idea of a vegan wedding may already be enough to make some non-vegans skeptical of the food you’ll be serving, so consider including some hors d’oeuvres or dishes that will feel familiar, says Soper-Kolton. Think vegan Swedish meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, an artisan cheese plate or a seasonal risotto. “Incorporate familiar herbs and spices to add recognizable flavors to foods. Knowing that you can eat some of your favorite familiar dishes without animal products is just as important as expanding culinary horizons.”
7. Thinking it’s all about the food. Your dress, cost/budget, flowers, tableware, favors, venue location–these are all crucial selections when hosting a vegan wedding, says Tassi. “Was your dress made with harm? (Silk would not be a good option). Are the groom’s shoes made of leather? Is your tableware eco-friendly? Will your favors be vegan as well? If you really want to reflect on your love of nature and the outdoors, finding an outdoor location or garden may be hard to come across depending on your geographical location. Are your flowers locally grown and organic?”