How To Plan for Dietary Requirements at Your Wedding

Here at Social Pantry, there isn’t an allergy or diet we haven’t come across since we began catering for weddings more than nine years ago. We’ve put together a few of our expert tips picked up along the way to help you know what to consider when planning for every palate on your big day.

Plan your wedding menu

Confirm with your wedding caterers that they are able to offer an alternative to the general wedding menu for all types of dietary requirements, including allergies and religious beliefs. Any experienced wedding caterers will have a number of free-from wedding menu ideas on hand to make sure no guest will go hungry and will be able to offer options to cover all requirements including a dairy free menu and vegetarian wedding meal alternatives. Explore all of the options they’re able to offer so you can decide on the best route to go down for your event catering. You can find wedding food inspiration on our blog, too. 

Top Tip: Read our Wedding Planning 101 Guide for more!

Contact your guests for dietary requirements

Once you have confirmed that your wedding caterers are able to offer an option for all types of dietary requirements that might be thrown your way, you will then need to make sure you have a clear list of every guest’s restrictions and requirements, including allergies. Companies catering for events will be able to ensure they have the best options available and may need to alter the menu in the case of allergies. The more time your wedding caterers have to plan, the more time they have to source the most delicious options to please everyone. The simplest way to ensure you cater for all types of dietary requirements is to ask for confirmation in the RSVP. Either digital or traditional, make sure it’s clear that they are required to let you know if they do have any specific dietary requests when confirming their attendance including if they require a dairy-free menu or vegan wedding meal options.

A guide to dietary requirements

Vegetarian / Vegan

With more and more people opting for a plant-based diet the vegetarian wedding menu is no longer just an afterthought. Event catering is increasingly becoming orientated around vegetarian and vegan wedding menus as options are now just as plentiful as any traditional meat choices and are a simpler way to ensure all types of dietary requirements are catered for. Realistic meat textured alternatives such as jackfruit and seitan are great options and may even have the meat-eaters fooled!

Vegan Wedding Menu Ideas

With more and more people opting for a plant-based diet the meat-free option on the menu is no longer just an afterthought. Event catering is increasingly becoming orientated around vegetarian and vegan menu’s as options are now just as plentiful as any traditional meat choices and are a simpler way to ensure all types of dietary requirements are catered for. Wedding caterers are more creative than ever before when it comes to offering their clients the most satisfying and delicious plant-based dishes and it is certainly something to consider when choosing the dining options for your big day.

Communication is key when it comes to deciding on your wedding caterer. Here at Social Pantry, we pride ourselves on offering the most delicious, healthy, and diverse wedding catering options and would love to chat over your requirements and ideas for your perfect day.

Why not check out some of our vegan recipes below?

Vegan Carrot Pesto

Vegan Beetroot Salad

Vegan French Toast

 

Gluten-Free

Gluten- free is often one of the types of dietary requirements that are overlooked when catering for events. This can leave guests with a less enjoyable meal, rather than directly accommodating for their needs. 

Gluten food products include:

 

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Pastries & Cakes
  • Pies
  • Some soups and salad dressings

Nowadays however there are plenty of gluten-free options and alternatives, meaning gluten-free and celiac guests can be taken care of. 

Allergies

It’s vital to notify your wedding caterers of any allergies amongst your wedding guests as it could affect the way they prepare some of the dishes. In terms of types of dietary requirements, allergies are arguably one of the most important to consider. Allergies can be tricky when catering for events but it is essential to be aware of anybody in attendance that has one. It is worth mentioning in the invite or RSVP that any allergies should be mentioned at this point. 

Dairy-Free menu

A dairy-free menu at your wedding reception, similar to a vegetarian wedding menu, is now easier to cater thanks to all of the brilliant alternatives available. Wedding caterers are more creative than ever before when it comes to offering their clients the most satisfying and delicious dairy – free dishes and it is certainly something to consider when choosing the dining options for your big day. 

Dairy products include:

  • Milk 
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt 
  • Cream
  • Butter 
  • Ice cream

 

You may need to consider a dairy free menu for some guests, and you can find plenty of tips and inspiration online. 

Free-from wedding menu ideas

It isn’t just the food you need to ensure is suitable for everyone. It’s also worth considering the guests in attendance that don’t drink alcohol. In this case it’s a nice touch to be able to offer an alcohol-free refreshment as well as the usual juices. It will make sure everyone feels involved when it comes to the toasts and will eliminate those tricky ‘aren’t you drinking’ conversations, the pregnant guests will definitely thank you for it!

Communication is key when it comes to deciding on your wedding caterers. Here at Social Pantry we pride ourselves on offering the most delicious, healthy and diverse wedding catering options and would love to chat over your requirements and ideas for your perfect day. You can find out more about our wedding catering services here, ring 020 88 171949 or get in touch today

Feel free to get in touch here to find out more: enquiries@socialpantry.co.uk

 

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