As more people become aware of animal cruelty practices that take place during production and manufacturing processes, a greater number of consumers are adopting a vegan lifestyle. To keep up with evolving consumer demands and expectations, restaurants and superstores are offering more vegan options. However, when planning large events, it can be tricky to come up with a creative vegan menu. That’s why we’ve put this post together, to guide you on how to prepare a wedding with vegan food for your friends and family!
Grab a snack as we explore the possible menu list for your special day.
Planning For Your Big Day
To get started with your vegan wedding reception, the first stage involves planning things out. If you are meticulous and love exercising your creativity, then this part is really fun! If you’re generally not keen on planning things out, then trust us this time around – it’s important to do so, and will save you time and hassle in the long run. If you have any vegan catering ideas in mind already, jot them down somewhere and compare notes with your partner. The next step is finding setups in your vicinity that can cater to your needs and help you host the vegan wedding reception of your dreams.
When it comes to deciding what to serve at your wedding, there are no fixed rules. Your vegan wedding food should reflect what you and your partner like, and what you expect your guests to enjoy. To guide you through this decision, we’ve laid out some popular choices to help you find some perspective. Here are a few courses and dishes that you can consider adding to your wedding menu.
Starters and Appetizers: Getting The Party Started
Vegan starters and appetizers are creative and nutrient-rich ways to provide a colorful start to your special event. The starters and appetizers should be kept light and easy to eat, so people can enjoy them easily while having a good chat with other guests. Here are a few options for hors d’oeuvres.
Canapes: Small, Light, and Perfect!
Canapes are a fun and easy appetizer option, and they can be customized to your preferences. The main toppings can be a chance to showcase your heritage and culture and so you can choose them accordingly. Some delicious options include vegan cheeses, seeds and nuts, dried fruits, marinated vegetables and crackers, and assorted dips and sauces.
If your inclination is towards something other than canapes, here’s a list of things that can serve as an inspiration for your choice
- Vegan bruschetta
- Cauliflower buffalo bites: Check out other recipes for vegan chicken wings as well.
- Lentil mushroom walnut balls
- Fritters: These can be customized to what you like. Sweetcorn fritters make for lovely starters when paired with dips.
Salads: Lettuce celebrate!
Salads are at an all-time high in terms of their popularity with vegans and non-vegans alike. This is why salads are a great way to treat all the guests at your wedding. The good thing about salads is that they are extremely versatile and can be changed to suit your particular taste. Salads for weddings are a great way to bring light to the general ambience of the season you are getting in and can match those. Think of light, tropical salads for a summer wedding and hearty, lovely salads for an autumn wedding.
The types of salads for wedding that you choose, should also be able to coexist and harmonize with the rest of your menu. For example, if you are going for a lot of courses, you might not want to serve fulfilling and hearty salads that will have your guests feeling full by the second course. Some popular salad choices include:
- Grilled faux-chicken Caesar salad
- Massaged Kale salad
- Heirloom tomato and vegan cheese salad with olive oil
Depending on whether you are going for a buffet-style vegan wedding menu or are just inclined to formal sit-in courses of food, your main dishes, and their quantities will vary. It’s a good idea to keep a variety of basic options like pasta, curries, baked tarts, etc. Here are a few things that you can serve as mains at your vegan wedding reception dinner or lunch:
- Mushroom ravioli
- Tofu steaks with cashew cream
- Vegetable quiches with vegan pastry
- Baked sweet potatoes with fillings like broccoli and cashew pesto and roasted chickpeas
- Butternut squash linguini with roasted brussels sprouts
Buffets – Going Big On Your Big Day
Going for a buffet gives you the option to include a large variety of dishes that you like. The rule of thumb is to keep items that pair well with each other. When hosting a buffet, it’s a good idea to keep the serving portions small and interesting, so that the guests can enjoy everything on the menu before they get full. Here are some things you can serve if you’re keeping it buffet-style:
- Plain rice (white or brown)
- Assorted Breads
- Assorted grilled vegetables
- Dips like hummus, pumpkin dip, vegan aioli, salsas, etc.
- Vegan meatballs
Traditionally, wedding cakes are cut at the end of the dinner and before the dance. You can choose to offer desserts with your dinner or lunch if you want. If you want to keep the spotlight on the wedding cake only, that’s your choice as well. Vegan desserts are a treat for people with a sweet tooth. There are many ways in which you can make vegan desserts. To serve as an inspiration, here are a few ideas for desserts:
- Peanut butter and caramel vegan ice cream (Head over this article on our blog to find out more about peanut butter and what peanut butter is vegan)
- Vanilla bean pavlova
- Blueberry Macaroons
- Key Lime pie with ginger coconut cream
- Peanut butter and chocolate brownies
- Pistachio and orange peel stuffed dates
- Coconut milk and mango panna cotta
Drinks: Toasting Your Big Day!
Drinks pave way for the perfect opportunity for your guests to let loose and dance a little, enjoying your wedding party to the full. Whether you choose to serve alcoholic or non-alcoholic options drinks at your wedding, there are plenty of vegan options to pick from. Hot malts at winter weddings and fruity punches at summer weddings go great with the ambience of the respective seasons. Vegan beers and vegan iced teas are a great way to keep the lively spirits of the wedding up. Some options for drinks are listed below:
- Lemon and saffron iced tea with maple syrup. (To check for details about the vegan-ness of maple syrup, head to this article on our website.
- Plum and pineapple cocktails (alcoholic or virgin)
- Hot rum with dried fruits for winters
Vegan Wedding Cake: There Will Be Tiers, On the Cake!
What’s a wedding reception without a wedding cake? Vegan wedding cakes are delicious and can be enjoyed by both your vegan and non-vegan guests alike. While cakes usually have eggs in them, vegan egg replacements are used to make vegan cakes and keep them vibrant and animal-friendly without compromising on the taste or quality. If a close friend or family member is baking your wedding cake, then they can easily substitute a vegan egg replacement into the mix.
If you want to leave the wedding cake in the hands of professionals, you will need to do some research about vegan specialty bakeries or find vegan cake options nearby. Here are some vegan wedding cakes that could work for your wedding:
- Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake
- Blueberry Coconut cake
- Raw Lemon and Fig cheesecake (with vegan cream cheese, of course)
- Vanilla cake with buttercream icing
Planning is Important – But Don’t Forget To Have Fun!
Planning out your wedding is quite time-consuming, to the point where it can become stressful. But don’t let yourself lose sight of what’s important! Weddings are supposed to be a fun day, and more importantly, the most magical day of your life. And vegan weddings are a miracle of their own!
As a devote vegan, you must already be familiar with just how versatile the vegan diet is. There are so many tasty, creative food options out there – you just need to find the right ones for your big day. We hope you found our list useful for narrowing the hunt down a bit. Just remember, your wedding is a celebration of not just your love but your values and all that you cherish too – including your commitment to a vegan lifestyle!