"Can a vegetarian meal ruin a wedding?" A friend asked me this question a few months ago after she attended a strictly vegetarian wedding. Her words: "It was like eating in a school cafeteria, where you had to scrape gummy, over-done pasta out of an aluminum pan." It suddenly occurred to me that the poor bride will forever be known as "the girl with the horrible vegetarian wedding."
It's unfortunate that a bad meal can indeed become the focal point of what is to be remembered, but perhaps what's more unfortunate is the fact that, for this particular event anyway, it will forever be remembered as a horrible dinner because it was vegetarian, and not because of a faulty chef. It's no wonder vegetarian weddings catch such flack.
Elizabeth of One Barefoot Bride says, "We will likely serve some fish at the reception, depending on what's in season and sustainably caught (yeah, there's a whole 'nother bucket of issues with fish!). I've read various comments that you 'have to' serve meat at a wedding, but I think our guests know us well enough to know that this affair will not be your standard country club or banquet room affair, and they can flex enough to have one meat-free meal. That said, I don't know if anyone will really notice the absence of meat, because our caterer does such lovely things with food."
If you are a vegetarian bride and groom, don't let the naysayers thwart your catering decisions. It's your wedding and it's a celebration of not only your love for each other, but your morals and values as well. So if you don't believe in eating meat, don't serve it! But as illustrated in the first paragraph, find a caterer who has experience in vegetarian cuisine and your efforts will be rewarded with many happy guests.
Posted originally by Julie at Cincy Event Planning, the photos below are from a real wedding which had vegetarian fare catered by Maggiano's. Julie says, " The food was divine & trust me, no one went hungry!" Looks yummy to me!
photo credits: TM Photography