How To Manage Dietary Restrictions at Your Wedding

There are lots of vegan and gluten-free wedding cake recipes.

There are lots of delicious vegan and gluten-free wedding cake recipes. Photo: Shutterstock

When you’re planning your wedding, there’s enough to think about without worrying about a million dietary restrictions, right? Some of your friends may be vegetarian or vegan, some may be gluten-free, some may have serious food allergies—and it seems like catering your wedding is going to be at least as much of an agonizing feat as picking the perfect wedding and bridesmaid dresses!

But fear not: There is a way to help your friends enjoy the food and drinks offered at your wedding without stressing out about what to have the caterer prepare.

You can make your wedding more fun and interesting by inviting your guests to bring food. A potluck buffet can help build community among the friends and families of the wedding couple—and save you money, too!

There are lots of great gluten-free and vegan wedding cake recipes, and with the increasing popularity of special diets, perhaps your cake shop even has some in its repertoire already.

Have your caterer or a baker make your wedding cake because that definitely requires a professional touch. Ask your friends and family to bring their favorite dish. At the wedding, hand out cards where they can write down what they’ve made and mark anything that might be a problem for other guests such as meat, eggs, tree nuts, gluten, and so on.

As a side note, many vegan recipes are delicious even for omnivores and are also gluten-free.

If you have a guest with a potentially deadly allergy, as some people have to tree nuts or fish, be sure to mention that on your request for potluck dishes so your other guests don’t unintentionally make food that’s going to harm someone. You don’t want to have an ambulance crew as surprise guests at your wedding!

With a little planning, you can get all the food you need to feed your guests, save money, and celebrate community while accommodating special dietary needs.


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