Bridal Club Magazine
Wedding Reception Menus - What If My Guests Have Special Dietary Needs?
There is no denying that one of the most enjoyable parts of the
wedding is the reception. All your loved ones are together
celebrating the first meal of your new lift together as man and
wife. However for some, being forced to eat foods they may be
allergic to or other - it may see them opting out of coming
altogether to save causing a fuss. So before you begin planning
your menu, consider the ages, dietary needs, food likes and
dislikes of your guests. You can get a general idea of a guest's
food preferences by asking them to indicate on the wedding response
card what they like.
When talking to your caterer, it pays to discuss your meal
options and be familiar with ingredients in the food. You could
have guests with peanut or wheat allergies - some reactions being
worse than others. Tell the chef if you need many special foods, or
just one or two items. Remember that you can't please everyone, but
you need to make sure there are plenty of things available that
everyone can enjoy. Whether you are having a buffet luncheon or a
sit down dinner, here are some points to consider while working on
Vegetarians vs. Vegans
There are two types of Vegetarians: those who will eat some
animal products, and those that will not. A sure way to please
everyone is to offer fruit and vegetable platters as part of the
meal. Vegans do not eat any animal products - this includes eggs,
dairy products and products that contain animal fat or
Dips made without dairy products and light hors devours such as
cucumber sandwiches are a light and tasty treat. Vegetable soup or
bouillon and lush salads are also good ideas.
Diabetic people usually have very strict diets, and must watch
their sugar intake. While it is possible to have a sugar free
wedding cake, another alternative for your Diabetic guests is a
choice of sugar free desserts such as gelatine or fresh fruit and
The Elderly and Children
Older people have vastly different tastes from children. While
your kid brother would probably love a reception table full of
pizza and nachos, your grandparents might not. Some elderly people
may be Diabetic, on salt restricted diets, or have a tough time
chewing hard foods. Some kids may be too little to eat foods such
as grapes (a choking hazard). So how do you find a happy medium? If
you are offering a sit down dinner, you can give your guests a
choice between meals that are "kid friendly" or "adult friendly."
Your caterer probably makes meals specific to each age group, such
as spaghetti for kids and a meat dish for adults.
Inquire about salt free meals, soft foods, and recommendations
for children's fare. If your caterer can't provide what you want,
consider bringing in treats from another source as a backup plan.
If you are hosting a buffet or heavy hors devours, you can pick and
choose as many items as you want (and that fits your budget). So
feel free to have those nachos, if you want them!
Many people are severely allergic to hidden food products these
days. Anaphylactic shock can be one extreme reaction while others
can cause unpleasant digestion complaints. Those who do suffer from
anaphylaxis will most certainly have adrenaline on hand in case an
These tips should help you, but they should not make you worry
about making everyone happy! It is impossible to know the likes and
dislikes of every person present, and even if you did, wasting time
and energy trying to please everyone will only end up pleasing no
one. Think about the types of foods that you enjoy, and have them
available. By offering a variety of choices and doing some advance
research, you will have a lovely reception!