Planning a wedding can be a stressful enterprise. It can turn even the most placid and congenial women into over stressed bridezillas who rarely eat, almost never sleep and enjoy very little quality of life up until the big day. With so many logistical plates to spin, who can blame them? Fear of the unknown is a perfectly understandable emotion and with so many unknown variables in a wedding from the weather to the behavior of warring siblings who’ve over indulged in Prosecco at the reception. For vegetarians and vegans, however, the problem is compounded. This is an opportunity to not only demonstrate their love in front of their friends and family, but an opportunity to show them just how cost effective, versatile and downright delicious a diet that eschews meat can be.
When planning a wedding, it’s important to create opportunities to make things easier for yourself. That’s why places like The Wedding Gallery are so awesome. They provide virtually everything you could need for wedding planning under one roof. It can make working with an outside caterer much easier when you already have a clear idea of what you would like to serve your guests. In today’s enlightened world there are many catering companies who cater exclusively for vegan or vegetarian weddings. While they will come to the table with their own ideas, it will make everyone’s life easier if you and your fiance have some suggestions of your own.
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Thus, here are some delectable ideas for a wedding menu that everyone will be talking about long after your guests have gone home…
Nothing says class like greeting your guests with a glass of bubbly and some delicious canapes as they enter your wedding reception. This for some may be their first experience with vegan food or one of only a few limited experiences with vegetarian canapes. Bring that wow factor with some of the following;
- Baked jalapeno poppers
- Sticky peanut cauliflower “wings”
- Beetroot carpaccio
- Chilli coated plantain chips with lime ketchup
- Russet potato croquettes with tomato salsa
Their appetites piqued and their palates activated, your guests will likely be waiting with keen anticipation for their first proper course. As they chat with their table neighbours and enjoy some table wine they will gasp audibly when they see any of the following brought to the table…
- Sriracha tempeh or seitan sliders
- Mini tempeh meat loaves
- Beer battered avocado
- Grilled seitan kebabs
These will provide familiarity for omnivores while affording them a taste for plant based versatility.
Needless to say your main course is the take home message of your wedding catering and needs to bring the wow factor. Consider any of the following for a delicious conversation piece;
- Creamy Portobello mushroom stroganoff
- Vegan gnocchi with thyme vinaigrette and cashew cream
- Lemon butter pasta with fried artichokes
- Porcini mushroom ravioli
Not only will these wow your guests, they’re also far more cost effective than their meaty alternatives, making them perfect for wedding planning on a budget.
With the right foods your wedding will not only be talked about for years to come, it may even get some friends and family members to reconsider their eating habits.
*This is a contributed post