Groom’s Post: Keeping everyone happy at a vegetarian wedding

Happy Thursday everyone! It sort of feels like Friday here (we’re starting to get our days mixed up) but apparently Thursday is the new Friday anyway – so happy Friday!! Here at Under the Vintage Veil we’re all massive veggies! So we thought we’d celebrate National Vegetarian Week with a little wedding menu advice post by John! Enjoy!

Wedding catering can be difficult at the best of times, but even more so when you and your fiancee are members of a “foodie minority.” Vegetarianism is (in my humble opinion) an awesome lifestyle choice. But it’s one that not everyone in your family or circle of friends will necessarily share. So do you provide a menu that reflects your own dietary beliefs, or do you try to cater to all guests?

In our case, we’re both vegetarians and have a meat-free household, with the majority of Sara’s extended family being vegetarian. But it could as easily be a Jewish couple wanting to keep Kosher, or a Muslim wedding where the newlyweds are keen to stay Halal, or a Hindu celebration where vegetarianism is usually the norm. So, do we stay true to ourselves and serve only vegetarian cuisine, or do we cater to everyone?

In our case the decision was made easier by the fact that many of our guests are also vegetarian. However for others, the decision to go veggie isn’t an easy one. Family pressures for a “full” menu can be overwhelming and the need to be thoughtful hosts can overtake the desire to have the wedding you want.

It’s a personal choice and one that can’t be made for you – however, the key to a successful veggie wedding is variety. As an ex-meat-eater, I can say with some authority that, if presented with a wide enough variety of veggie food, your average carnivore will find something that they enjoy. So, as a helpful guide, here are my suggestions for getting your veggie wedding catering to suit all tastes.

Vegetarian wedding menu ideas

 The barbecue is your friend. Even a staunch vegetable hater can be won over by veggie kebabs on the grill. Corn on the cob is a favourite across continents as well, and don’t forget that bread can be nicely toasted over an open flame. (Tip: red onion, mushroom, aubergine and sweet potato kebabs, marinated in olive oil, sweet chili sauce and balsamic vinegar, are a winner!)

 There’s a plethora of meat analogues on the market today. Speaking as someone who loved a good burger, even the store-brand veggie burgers and sausages are exceedingly good; you’d hesitate to tell the difference from standard BBQ meats. Shop around and see what you like, and then see if your caterer can supply them.

♥ Don’t ignore cuisines that may not be your own. Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian and Chinese cultures all have a multitude of stunning vegetarian dishes, so don’t be afraid to go down the fusion cuisine route.  I’m thinking vegetable curry (Durban style!), tempeh goreng, chakalaka, hummus, falafel... and go from there! For the more adventurous, try some veggie laverbread cakes (croeso i Gymru!)

♥ Closer to home, quiches and roast vegetables are hearty favourites. Many traditional British dishes can easily be made vegetarian as well – Irish stew, roasts with the trimmings, and filled Yorkshire puddings can all be done without meat. Don’t be afraid to look at veggie mince like Quorn or own-brand meat-free mince.

Vegetarian food comes in all shapes and sizes! Image (c) avlxyz on Flickr used under a Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0 licence.

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