23 October 2018
Is your best friend a vegetarian, second cousin a vegan and brother-in-law gluten-free? Perhaps your mum is insisting on following a paleo diet, while your great Aunty is all about dairy and carb-free food.
When it comes to planning your wedding catering, trying to plan a menu that suits all of your guest’s dietary requirements can seem like an impossible task.
However, contrary to what you might think, planning your wedding catering around people’s tricky eating habits doesn’t have to be complicated; especially if you opt for a more casual dining experience.
Here are our top tips for keeping everyone’s taste buds satisfied at your wedding.
Wedding Catering Considerations
On a day-to-day basis, you might not really pay much attention to the type of food that people do and don’t eat. However, these are the types of requirements you’ll need to look out for:
Pregnancy: Pregnant women can eat most foods, but are generally advised to avoid things like raw fish and egg. If you know that one of your guests is pregnant, just let your caterer know, and they will be able to tell you if your chosen meals are appropriate or not and make any adjustments to your pregnant guest’s meal as required.
Vegan: Your vegan friends will know what food they can and can’t eat at your wedding, but make sure your caterer prepares an option specifically for them with no eggs, dairy, meat, butter and the likes.
Vegetarian: While a vegetarian might be able to eat your standard wedding food, minus the meat, the last thing you want is for your vegetarian guests to be served up a plate with a side of vegetables. Caterers are able to easily supply vegetarian options; all you need to do is ask.
Gluten-Free: A lot of people have gluten allergies, which can be tricky, as even hidden ingredients in sauces and small traces of gluten can set off a reaction. Prestige Catering is able to provide food gluten-free menu items. It could also be worth having a dessert alternative to wedding cake, unless you happen to have a gluten-free wedding cake, like fruit, so everyone can enjoy something sweet at the end of the night.
Religious Beliefs: Some of your guests might have religious beliefs behind their dietary requirements, like Kosher food for Jewish, Halal for Muslim or Hinduism, where strong believers might not eat beef or other forms of meat. If any of your guests follow these religious practices, talk to your caterer about any requirements they can and can’t meet.
Nut Allergies: Nut allergies can be quite dangerous, so always let your caterer know if any of your guests are allergic to any type of nuts, as well as any other food allergies.
Buffet Wedding Catering
Not only is buffet catering a great alternative to a sit-down meal, it’s also fantastic because you can include a range of menu items that cater to all sorts of dietary requirements. You can have your standard meat dishes, as well as plenty of salads, sides, and even vegetarian/vegan offerings, without having to single anybody out.
Food Stall Catering
Much like buffet catering, having food stall catering at your wedding is a social way to get your guests out of their seats and mingling, while also providing an array of different dishes that meet all sorts of diets.
When catering for people with dietary requirements, always make sure food is clearly labelled if it’s served as a buffet. If you’re having a traditional sit-down meal, you will need to let your caterer know where each person with a specific requirement is sitting, so they’re served the appropriate meal.