When it comes to a vegan wedding dinner, there are three popular options; buffet, family style service or a plated meal. We like family style and buffets the best, and we think our guests do too.
Signage is always appreciated at buffet dinners. If you’re trying to keep the vegan part a surprise, then it’s best not to have menu, and just have the staff answer food questions.
For family style meals, the menu is often tucked into the table setting as part of the display.
When I plan a vegan menu like the one above, I try to have lots of greens and vegetables, and a choice of tempe, beans and /or tofu.
For this family style wedding below, we served cashew creme lasagna, macaroni and cheeze, roasted vegetables and a hearty green salad with baguettes and olive tapenade. (It was a Halloween wedding, the staff dressed appropriately and with adorable Dia de Los Muertos makeup.)
Here’s a pretty little buffet in the garden.
Buffets are the most compact when it comes to preparation. For family style and plated meals, a full kitchen is preferred for staging the food.
In the picture below, we’re getting ready for a vegan wedding at the shoppe around the holidays. It was an intimate group of 50 guests and they loved the 4 course plated meal. The guests were only a tad hesitant about the vegan offerings, but settled in with the delicious offerings starting with a wild mushroom soup. They also drank about 2 bottles of wine each. It was a good party!
When you’re buying the booze, here’s a great rule of thumb that works for me. Either 2 beers or 1/2 bottle of wine per person. Think about who drinks what, make a list and purchase accordingly. Try to avoid sodas by serving a nice elixir and served chilled filtered water. NO PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES EVER.
(Always better to have too much, than not enough.)