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New bride

I'm also planning to have a fully vegan wedding! I don't spend any of my money on animal products during my everyday life so don't see why my wedding would be any different.

I haven't planned on telling people explicitly as both me and my partner are vegan so figure it should be fairly obvious that there won't be any animal products on offer.

Bridezilla

There are a lot of misconceptions about what vegan food is. A good quality vegan caterer can absolutely provide sufficient for anybody. (Google "vegan bodybuilders", there's a whole YouTube channel!)

I am not vegan but one of my favourite restaurants is a vegan restaurant. This particular restaurant has an option called "the spouse option" which is for vegans who are bringing their non-vegan friends/family. It is a completely vegan recipe but purports to taste almost exactly like beef. I took my OH there last year; he is military and is used to 4 square meals a day with a lot of meat protein. He's one of these that is always making people say "oh my goodness he eats a lot!" I didn't tell him the whole menu was vegan and just recommended he pick that one (the menu was in a language that he does not speak, so he had to trust me!) and he could not tell that it wasn't beef until told at the end of the evening. 

The point of this was that exciting things can be done with vegan food, and as other posters have said, the fact that the risotto/pasta/pizza etc was vegan would hardly be noticed until afterwards.

Plus, as Ali says, your guests know you and would therefore expect that you have a wedding to reflect who you are. If you believe it is wrong to eat animals, you cannot be expected to compromise your morals on this or any other day. I do not share your view, but if invited to your wedding I would not expect you to betray your beliefs to please me. In the same way that when I go to the wedding of my very religious friend next year I expect to see a religious service, if I went to the wedding of a vegan friend I would expect to see a vegan dinner.

Anyway, I'm sorry that I can't help with suggestions, but I expect that a vegan caterer will have lots of ideas! Otherwise, you could always look at the menus of vegan restaurants for inspiration?

Bridezilla

I would of thought your guests would be expecting vegan food to be honest, like you say you would be paying for something which goes against your beliefs. If i was your guest i would have a big breakfast before coming to be honest but not because i have any opinions on vegan food but because i am a very fussy eater and i don't like most vegetables ( i know that's terrible ) but i wouldn't moan and i will try whatever there was but I'm used to that at most weddings there are things i don't like!

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http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/forum/your-planning-threads/my-november-wedding/435410.html

Wedding addict

Ali217 wrote (see post):

I'm also planning to have a fully vegan wedding! I don't spend any of my money on animal products during my everyday life so don't see why my wedding would be any different.

I haven't planned on telling people explicitly as both me and my partner are vegan so figure it should be fairly obvious that there won't be any animal products on offer.

Cool! Have you chosen a menu yet? Most people know I'm vegan and will suss it out anywa. I guess I just can't face telling people in case i get moaned at, because it will make me 😡 lol 

also people can all eat what they want and as much as they want at breakfast 😀

Im really excited for the day. I've got surprises booked and not telling them til the day 😁

Bridezilla

To the OP I wouldn't bother telling your guests. Most will be absolutely fantastic, curious to try something new. But there will be that 1% who expect you to pay for meat and dairy for them because they can't cope without flesh for one meal (perhaps they are vampires). I have held successful dinner parties, children's birthdays and various events with absolutely no complaints and a lot of compliments. Many said "I never thought I would like Vegan food."

I wouldn't turn up to a wedding expecting to be served vegan food even though I cannot eat meat or dairy or eggs. I would for all intents and purposes be selling my soul. I would keep quiet and eat lettuce and tomatoes or sip diet coke with good grace if that's all they had for me. In the case of it being a barbecue or hog roast I know the smell would make me feel ill so I would decline the invitation Would they know why? No way.

If you would attend the wedding of a Christian as an atheist and not expect to run around shouting "what a load of b***s**** Satan rocks" through the service then don't tell a Vegan they should spend their money to profit slaughter. Just politely decline the invitation and save them a lot of hassle.

 

THANK YOU

It's lovely to see there are so many people on here who are really open minded and like to try different foods and wouldn't expect a Vegan to compromise their beliefs. They are really keen to tuck in and see how they go. Absolutely heartening. Most of my guests have been like this but just a couple have been so nasty. I just wish they had politely declined rather than try and bully me into buying meat or letting them bring it. They couldn't respect my beliefs for one meal. But most meat-eaters are not like this and we thank you for being open minded.

Bridezilla

MrsJ2017 wrote (see post):

I used to be vegetarian. the food is really nice, as long as it doesnt involve quorn or tofu, so Is be happy to eat it and wouldnt leave to buy a kebab just for the sake of eating meat. I prefer a veggie curry to meat hands down.

meat shouldnt be in every meal anyway, so one evening of vegetablea wont kill anyone!

Saying that though, if everything was full of quorn or tofu and some of the other awful substitutes that vegan food often has I wouldnt eat it.

I agree about Quorn. Recently they brought out egg free quorn which makes it suitable for vegans but I can't stand the stuff. It's horrible. I didn't like it as a veggie so I sure as heck am not going to eat it as a vegan. Tofu is really variable. If it's cooked properly it's delicious but a lot of people get it home and don't have a clue what to do with it. It took me a while to do it justice.

Wedding addict

At my wedding we provided Roast Beef and the vegetarian option was a Risotto - more people asked for the Risotto and said it was delicious even the non vegetarians! You never can tell - I personally would enjoy the experience of the vegan food and think guests will go along with it, after all, it's your wedding, I wouldn't worry too much and stick to your guns! 

New bride

Blush2018 wrote (see post):
Ali217 wrote (see post):

I'm also planning to have a fully vegan wedding! I don't spend any of my money on animal products during my everyday life so don't see why my wedding would be any different.

I haven't planned on telling people explicitly as both me and my partner are vegan so figure it should be fairly obvious that there won't be any animal products on offer.

Cool! Have you chosen a menu yet? Most people know I'm vegan and will suss it out anywa. I guess I just can't face telling people in case i get moaned at, because it will make me 😡 lol 

also people can all eat what they want and as much as they want at breakfast 😀

Im really excited for the day. I've got surprises booked and not telling them til the day 😁

 

Not yet, we're only at the very beginning of planning. Although I've seen very good reviews of the vegan food whipped up by the catering company who provide for the venue we're eyeing up so I'm hoping for something good!

Bridezilla

To the OP. We are having a buffet meal. We chose;

potato salad, coleslaw and leafy grape salad with balsamic and maple dressing

focaccia bread with sundried tomatoes, apple and date bread, crusty carrot and courgette bread

mushroom thyme and garlic pate, cream cheese and nutmeg pate and red pepper Hommous

sausage rolls

samosas and pakoras with ratia and chilli dips

Chocolate fudge cake and carrot cake which is also our wedding cake and will be decorated

Our caterer tours the country catering for vegan and cruelty free fairs. I'm also going to get some kettle chips, just because I like kettle chips.

 

 

 

New bride

Hi! 

Well done on planning a vegan wedding! With growing numbers of vegans, cruelty-free weddings are just going to become more and more common.

Please have a look at my new website, www.vegan-weddings.co.uk It's a directory of vegan-friendly suppliers and I've got a page full of links to useful sites for tips and ideas.

I've also just written an article for Vegan Food and Living magazine with my top ten tips for planning a vegan wedding so be sure to look out for it!

Good luck,

Becky x

Wedding addict

Becky103 wrote (see post):

Hi! 

Well done on planning a vegan wedding! With growing numbers of vegans, cruelty-free weddings are just going to become more and more common.

Please have a look at my new website, www.vegan-weddings.co.uk It's a directory of vegan-friendly suppliers and I've got a page full of links to useful sites for tips and ideas.

I've also just written an article for Vegan Food and Living magazine with my top ten tips for planning a vegan wedding so be sure to look out for it!

Good luck,

Becky x

Wow, thank you so much!! 😍😍

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