If you are a vegan, how will you organize a Vegan wedding without overwhelming your nonvegan guests? More and more brides and grooms are adopting the no meat-no dairy diet, and reception menus are reflecting this trend. What do you do if you want a vegan food theme but know that many of your tofu-fearing, carnivore guests will be unhappy there’s no chicken or beef on the menu?
Once considered a fringe movement, veganism is now mainstream and options are more available than ever before. Beyond food, couples can now opt for non-animal product versions of nearly anything you’d find at a wedding.
Here are some tips that will make a vegan couple’s life much easier:
One of the most important aspects of planning a vegan wedding is to get the food right. You want to wow your guests (many of whom will have preconceived ideas of what vegan food is like) and show them how incredible and the delicious vegan food is. You may even decide not to tell your guest beforehand that the food will be vegan to avoid anyone turning up with negative preconceptions of what they will be served. Before meeting with your caterers, make sure you do some research and have ideas of your own you can suggest for the menu, and do not settle for stuffed peppers!
2. Wedding Cake
Meet your cake maker to taste different flavours and take pictures with you of the design you would like. If you can’t find a totally vegan bakery, then go with a baker who offers a vegan option.
Most vegan couples know to watch out for and avoid clothing that contains silk, wool, leather etc. When trying on outfits, check the labels first so you don’t fall in love with something that contains animal products before you realise! Another idea is to buy a second-hand wedding dress or suit, which is better for the environment and would count as your ‘something old’!
4. Hair and makeup
Try to find hair and makeup artists who use cruelty-free and vegan products. If you can’t find anyone who uses exclusively vegan products, then ask if they would be happy to use only products that you supply. It’s also a great opportunity to show how easy it is to create a beautiful look that’s cruelty-free.
Not everyone gives wedding favours, but if you decide to treat your guests there are lots of vegan-friendly options, such as soy candles, handmade bath bombs, soaps, cake jars, chocolates and sweets.
It is very common nowadays for couples to ask for money as a wedding gift rather than having a traditional gift-list. Let them know that you want money on your wedding invitations. At least, they may not accidentally give you a nonvegan friendly gift.
If you opt for real flowers at your wedding, then try to make sure they’re Fairtrade. Rather than having cut flowers, a lovely idea for centerpieces is to have potted plants. At the end of the day, either you or your guests could take them home to enjoy. If you choose to buy artificial flowers, be careful to avoid ones that contain silk.
Choosing vegan-friendly jewelry to go with your dress is easy as long as you avoid real pearls. When looking for your wedding rings, try to go with a company that uses ethically sourced diamonds and fairly traded gold or silver.
Remember that many wines and beers aren’t suitable for vegans due to brewing processes. Brewmasters, winemakers, and distillers may include animal ingredients in their products directly, or they might use them in the processing and filtration. When making the product, dairy, honey, and other things are ingredients in the final recipe. Use barnivore.com to check for vegan-friendly drinks. Luckily there are a number of beers, wines, and champagnes that are vegan-friendly, so there’s plenty to choose from.
10. Your wedding! Enjoy and brush off anti-vegan commenters
Being vegan is about living life in the most compassionate, ethical way you can, so you will want your vegan wedding day to reflect that. Your wedding day is about you as a couple, and it’s the one day you’re allowed to have things just the way you want.
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