UKbride Member Request 28 Jan 2019

Catering for vegetarians

Hi, we’ve sent our evening invites out but didn’t ask our guests to let us know of any dietary requirements. Is there a general % of guests we should cater for as vegetarians? Or how did others work out how many vegetarians to cater for? Thanks x

Alex Perkins
Alex Perkins 28 Jan 2019

To be honest I would message them all. How many day guest are you having? I’m having 80 and I pretty much know already who’s vegetarian as they’re all close friends and family but if you’re not sure send out a message. You’d never want to have to serve a veggie meat on your wedding day! It would just be an added stress. I don’t think there is a general % as it completely depends on the person or social group! I have a very vegetarian family and a lot of friends who are vegan!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jan 2019

I would definitely ask people. I was a veggie bride and we had guests with vegetarian and vegan diets as well as people with dairy and gluten allergies so you'd need to know about them too! You don't want to have a guest ending up at hospital due to their allergy not being catered for or going hungry because they were too polite to say! We also had people who did eat certain meats for other reasons so you just can't guess!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jan 2019

I’m vegetarian so there will be an option at our wedding just for me as the only one haha however from past experience of going to weddings I always ended getting my own food from the restaurants in the hotels as the couples didn’t put anything out for vegetarians. I don’t even think we were asked about dietary requirements for the evening. So I think it would be nice if you did send out a general message just to cover it

Helen Jaggers
Helen Jaggers 29 Jan 2019

I didn’t ask but when ppl have RSVP’d I’ve sent an acknowledgment of their RSVP and asked dietary requirements- I thought this would add a personal touch to also acknowledge and thank them for their RSVP (done this all through email) x

Sadie Gill
Sadie Gill 29 Jan 2019

I've not asked evening guests their requirements. We're servicing a typical buffet with meat and veggie options. It's colimemtary. People can have as little or as much as they want x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jan 2019

I did a third non veg, a third veg and a third halal. Everyone seemed happy.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jan 2019

I was a veggie bride, had 2 further veggies, 2 vegans and 1 who has coeliac disease. You're best finding out at least for the sake of allergies!

Kayleigh E Alman
Kayleigh E Alman 29 Jan 2019

I would ask day guests but I don’t see the point in asking night, some might not even turn up and some will eat before they go etc x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jan 2019

Meat eaters will eat veggie stuff if you're doing a traditional buffet so I'd go 50/50. If you're doing bbq or bacon butties type of thing you will need to know about the veggies and vegans. But with allergies unless you're doing a really good mix with non wheat and diary free etc options, you might want to order something seperate for those people. Best to ask in advance than keep your fingers crossed on the day. Good luck x

Stephanie Wood
Stephanie Wood 29 Jan 2019

For day guests you would need to ask them if they have dietary requirements as your venue will need to know who the vegetarians are plus they may have other requirements. For evening guests I don’t think it matters if it is just for a buffet and not part of the sit down meal. Most evening guests will likely eat before anyway. We looked at the number of veggie day guests we had as they would still be there for the evening and then worked out a percentage of about 70% meat and 30% veggie. If you have found out your day guests’ requirements then I would go off that.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jan 2019

What about allergies??!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jan 2019

We ended up replying when they r.s.v.p to say any dietary requirements

Linda Donohue
Linda Donohue 29 Jan 2019

Chip butties all round. Problem solved.

Leanne Stronach
Leanne Stronach 29 Jan 2019

Hi. When I worked weddings or coperate events, it was usually 10% of the total number of guests you have to cater for special dietary requirements xx

Christine Gordon
Christine Gordon 29 Jan 2019

The way I’m doing it is I’m gonna have a buffet set up for 70-80% of the total number of guests, as far as vegetarian food goes, you’d probably be best asking the caterer/venue to see what vegetarian things they’d offer. The only thing I can think of is vegetable substitutions like instead of chicken samosas vegetable ones, vegetable spring rolls, salad sandwiches, of vegetarian sausage rolls 🙂 x

Beverley Farrand
Beverley Farrand 29 Jan 2019

We included it on the invite as we had people with known allergies.

Karolina Kozak
Karolina Kozak 29 Jan 2019

I wouldn’t bother asking, they normally tell you themselves anyway x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Jan 2019

We only based it on our day numbers, we had a few more vegetarians in the evening but as long as you cater for 70% with a small amount to cover dietary requirements you should be fine

Laurisa Kerr
Laurisa Kerr 30 Jan 2019

we are doing a Buffett including halal veggie and normal no pork as I know half my guests wont eat if there's pork around

Caroline Larner
Caroline Larner 30 Jan 2019

We asked on the RSVPs about dietary requirements but only had vegetarian food in the evening so that everyone could enjoy :-)

Hazel Chapman
Hazel Chapman 30 Jan 2019

We did ask in ours but I still checked when they RSVP’d xx

Jessica Pearce
Jessica Pearce 31 Jan 2019

A person with dietary requirements should think to let you know, however you could send them all a message to just remind everyone.

Danielle Edgerton
Danielle Edgerton 5 Feb 2019

I didn't ask mine as I was quite lucky with my evening choice. I'm having a hog roast but it is served with a lovely selection of rice dishes, pasta dishes, jacket potatoes, salads, and loads more. So there was no need for me to ask. It all depends on what you're having for evening food and what it comes with. Look at your choice and if there is a variety of food there meat and veggie then personally I wouldn't bother.


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