Planning your Vegan Wedding Menu
One of the most important things we tell our clients who are planning their wedding dinner menu is that their catering should reflect their individual tastes and preferences. If you are a vegan couple, you may be a bit worried about creating the perfect wedding food menu -- one that appeals to everyone. It’s a common misconception amongst non-vegans and carnivores that vegan food is just “rabbit food” or that it won’t fill you up! Vegan wedding food can be delicious, beautiful, and make for a unique wedding experience.
Finding a balance between creating a wedding menu that both vegans and non-vegans will enjoy doesn’t need to be intimidating. Fortunately, there is a way to stay true to your beliefs and make sure your guests feel happy and satisfied.
At Deborah Miller Catering, we have experience creating full wedding menus that are tailored to the bride and groom’s unique tastes while appeasing the masses. Take a look at our best vegan wedding menu ideas to create a vegan wedding menu options that your guest will love.
Vegan Wedding Ideas & Planning
We know that you really want to knock the socks off your non-vegan guests. When designing your vegan wedding menu, here are some of our best tips to follow:
1. When planning your vegan wedding, you might skip telling your guests in advance that your wedding menu will be plant-based. A lot of guests may have pre-conceived notions about what vegan food tastes like, which can keep them from truly savoring the menu!
2. Bring a non-vegan friend or family member to your vegan wedding menu tasting to ensure it will appeal to all.
3. Trust the experts! When designing your menu, ask your caterer to help you plan your vegan wedding food. These experts are deeply rooted in the food industry and can make vegan wedding catering recommendations to create a delicious, plant-based menu.
Vegan Wedding Catering: Ideas for Vegan Appetizers
Planning vegan wedding food and appetizers for your guests to munch on during cocktail hour doesn’t need to be difficult. There are a ton of vegan finger food and small plate options to choose from. Here are some of our favorite vegan wedding ideas for appetizers!
Crackers and cheese are a traditional wedding appetizer option. If you still want to keep the cheese and crackers, but make it vegan, you can opt for nut-based cheeses served on seeded crackers. We bet your guests won’t even notice the difference!
Crudites and seasonal vegetables are the perfect munchy to snack on during cocktail hour if you are planning a vegan wedding menu. Serve together with some vegan-friendly homemade hummus.
One of our favorite vegan wedding ideas for appetizers is stuffed mushrooms and stuffed tomatoes. Instead of the cheese-laden stuffed mushrooms, fill your mushroom caps with pesto, mixed veggies, tomatoes and maybe even some tofu! Stuffed tomatoes can be filled with vegan goat cheese and pesto with a balsamic glaze drizzled on top. Once heated, these vegan stuffed mushrooms and tomatoes will just melt in your mouth.
Finally, another favorite vegan-friendly wedding appetizer is a fresh spring roll. Lots of spring rolls are fried and battered, served alongside heavy soy sauce and sweet chili sauce. For a lighter, vegan option, spring rolls can be stuffed with various vegetables like carrots, romaine, and yellow peppers. Yum!
Planning Vegan Wedding Food
Many non-vegans will be quick to judge when they hear that you are planning a vegan wedding menu. But, with nutrient-rich, vegetable-focused options, we’re sure you’ll leave them all in awe!
Start by serving up a seasonal salad. Fall and winter weddings can choose a heartier option with apples and cranberries, while spring and summer weddings can serve up something light and refreshing like grapes, arugula, red onion, and avocado!
You’ll have options when it comes to serving vegan wedding food for the main course. We love polenta dishes with roasted brussel sprouts, red onion, and cauliflower, and pasta dishes with lots of vegetables. Other favorite pasta dishes include vegan gnocchi with a wild mushroom sauce, eggplant cannelloni and creamy vegan butternut squash linguine. With options this filling, and satisfying, everyone will be blown away!
Vegan wedding food options can be vegetable focused, too. One of our favorite vegan wedding catering options is ratatouie with squash, zucchini, and tomatoes. It’s also seasonally on point for summer weddings! Other vegan-centric dinner options include cauliflower piccata, risotto with roasted vegetables, and creamy portobello stroganoff.
Meat lovers won’t complain when they get an amazing, hearty seitan dinner like seitan steak in beurre blanc sauce.
Looking for vegan side dishes? Serve your pasta dishes with veggies like lemon tarragon asparagus or broccolini. Vegetable-centric dishes can be served with a choice of starch like roasted potatoes, rice pilaf, or quinoa with toasted almonds, cranberries, orange zest and mint.
Vegan Wedding Cake & Desserts
No wedding is complete without a gorgeous wedding cake! With new vegan substitutions, there are plenty of vegan, dairy-free and egg-free vegan wedding cakes to choose from, so you can get the cake you’ve always dreamt of! From salted caramel and chocolate vegan wedding cake to a triple layer German chocolate vegan wedding cake to a simple vanilla vegan wedding cake with buttercream icing, the most difficult part will be choosing what to serve at your wedding! We recommend taste-testing them all to find the one you love.
Along with the perfect vegan wedding cake, be sure to set out vegan desserts for guests to munch on in between dancing and mingling. Create the perfect dessert table filled with vegan goods like shots of chocolate covered espresso beans, chocolate covered strawberries, and shots of chocolate-covered pretzel bites. The team at Deborah Miller Catering can help you design the perfect vegan wedding cake and wedding dessert menu for a sweet treat at the end of the night!
Contact Deborah Miller Catering to Start Planning your Vegan Wedding Catering
We hope these vegan wedding ideas have helped spark some creativity as your planning your vegan wedding menu! At Deborah Miller Catering, we believe that every wedding menu should reflect the unique preferences and tastes of the bride and groom! We encourage you to show your guests how tasty vegan food can be with a full-fledged vegan wedding menu.
Looking for vegan wedding catering in NYC? Deborah Miller Catering is here to help. We’ve helped vegan couples plan the perfect vegan wedding menu that is delicious and appeals to both vegans and non-vegans alike. Get in touch with us today to start planning your vegan wedding menu today.