If you are vegetarian (or vegan), then it’s totally understandable that you may want to serve vegetarian food at your wedding reception. However, if you happen to be someone who wants to use this as an opportunity to introduce non-meat dishes exclusively to your guests, there are a few things that we recommend you keep in mind during the preparation process.
Speak with a few different caterers before making a final selection
Being that there are far more wedding receptions where meat is served than not, you want to make sure that the vegetarian dishes you offer are appealing to your guests. One way you can do this is to interview several different caterers. As you’re doing so, it’s important to not only check out their portfolio and references but that you have actual sample tastings too.
It can be a bit of a challenge to only serve vegetarian-only meals, especially if they consist of mostly vegetables, especially since not everyone likes the same kind. That’s why it’s important to offer a bit of a variety. Perhaps one dish can be eggplant parmesan, another can be vegetarian stir-fry as well as a Southern-style macaroni and cheese and collard greens. These dishes cover a wide range of different tastes so that hopefully everyone is happy with what they get.
Consider faux meat
There are a lot of meat substitutes. Tofu, Morning Star, homemade mock meats, Tempeh and Portobello mushroom caps are all alternatives that have a similar texture to meat and when seasoned well, can be just as enjoyable to eat. Again, if you’re considering these meals, make sure you meet with your caterers beforehand for a taste testing to make sure they are up to your standards.
Have a fruit plate
There aren’t many people who don’t like fruit, or at least a few certain types, so don’t forget to have a fruit platter available to your guests. Just make sure that they’re in season so that they’ll be fresh and sweet. Some in-season spring fruits are apricots, pineapples and mango; summer fruits are cantaloupe, cherries and melons; autumn fruits are grapes, passion fruit and pears; winter fruits are kiwis, mandarin oranges and red bananas, to name a few.
Mention it in your RSVP card
Although it’s your wedding and so you certainly have the right to serve whatever you want, as a courtesy, it can be a good idea to prepare your guests for the vegetarian menu you’ll be serving. All you need to say is something along the lines of, “Please RSVP for our vegetarian reception by such-and-such date”. This will avoid any surprises on your wedding day itself.
Having a vegetarian reception is something that can be flavorful and appeasing for you and your guests. It’s all about choosing the right menu and the best caterer to do it. Happy (veggie) eating!