With any luck your weding meal will look a LOT better than my homemade dinners ;-)) ↑ Image (c) Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
As many of you long time readers may know, i am a coeliac. This means being-a-nightmare-to-cater-for. Well i feel like i am a nightmare, but i probably am not really hehe!
Anyway, this week i wrote up two real weddings where the bride had mentioned gluten free, it made me smile and i thought i should write about catering for dietary requirements seeing as i know a little on the topic ;-) and i wanted to help with any worries or questions you may have.
You yourself may have a special diet or someone you love more than likely has. So there is a pretty high probability you will need to cater for someone that needs something extra.
As someone with dietary needs, i just want to say, we are not being a pain honest ;-) But in all seriousness if your guest can’t relax on the day because they are worried about the food, then they won’t be enjoying themselves to the max. And i know WWW readers want their wedding to be having a full on party vibe going on.
So what do you do? Well when arranging your invitations be sure to mention that with the RSVP they reply with any dietary requirements. Try not to stress if you have 101 different requests, at the end of the day it is your day. But to focus on serious requirements or health requests rather than the “bob doesn’t like brussel sprouts” comments.
Once you have found out if your guests need special catering, contact your venue or caterers straight away. With any luck, they will have heard of these requirements, especially if they are a reputable caterer. Vegetarian options are quite common now, but catering for Vegans, Coeliacs, Nut allergy sufferers et al can be a little trickier.
Keeping in contact with guests that are worried about the catering will ease their nerves or worries. Just knowing that the bride and groom care and are trying to cater for me makes me feel relaxed. If the caterers are having issues with the requests, then you can try and put them in direct contact with your guest to help to resolve them. Personally as long as i have something fairly edible but safe to eat, i will be happy.
Note other areas other than the wedding meal; canapes, drinks, wedding cake, favours and the evening buffet may also need additional options for your guests too. Food and drink make up a large part of the wedding day and you will want all of your guests to feel well fed :-) I am not sure financially if caterers or venues will charge more for dietry requirements, but be sure to ask before you book your caterer. Especially if you yourself have a gluten free diet or you know you have many guest with requirements.
The last wedding i went to was my sister in law’s, i had a special meal free from gluten and cross contamintation, and they even had the top teir of their wedding cake made gluten free. I felt so humbled and overwhelmed by the thoughfulness and it’s something i will never forget. Your guests will love you for it, trust me :-)
If you have ANY questions about this issue, please pop them in the comments box below and i will try my best to answer them for you.
Happy gluten free wedding planning XOXO Lou
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