Catering for Wedding Guests with Special Dietary Needs

When it comes to catering for wedding guests, it can be a minefield. With your best friend a vegan, your Mum following a paleo diet, your second cousin dairy free and your workmate gluten intolerant, how can you organise food which suits everyone?

We agree that it is tricky, but it’s not unachievable. Here’s how …

Consider These Dietary Requirements When Catering for Wedding Guests 

Long gone are the days of sausage rolls and finger sandwiches. A wedding reception nowadays has multiple catering options available. From buffet to canapes, set menus to food trucks, there’s something for everyone. It’s great to have these choices when catering for wedding guests because many will have specific dietary requirements. Here are a few you may need to consider:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Pregnancy
  • Vegan
  • Food Allergies
  • Religious Beliefs
  • Dairy Free
  • Carb Free
  • Paleo Diet
  • Diabetic
  • Low Fat Diet

To learn about any special dietary requirements your guests may have, ask them. By asking them on their wedding invitation to state any special needs, you can easily plan your wedding reception menu.

How to Cater for Everyone’s Dietary Needs at Your Wedding 

One of the things wedding guests remember, asides from your ceremony and dress, is your food. If they turn up and can’t eat the food, things just won’t be pretty! So, it makes sense to have a wide variety of food available at your reception. But how can you do this?

  • Buffet Reception – in a formal plated dinner, it is almost impossible to please everyone. Your best bet is to provide a buffet menu where guests can select their own food. Work with your wedding caterers to provide a range of food types to suit different dietary requirements. Don’t forget to ask them to label each dish with the name and the type of diet it is suitable for.
  • Food Trucks – quickly growing in popularity, a food truck is perfect for outdoor weddings. It can be as simple as guests ordering from a menu at the truck, to a buffet or even table service. Just like a buffet caterer, the food truck team can also provide a range of food types.
  • Increase Your Budget – sometimes it is unavoidable, and you’ll need to pay more for your catering that you had budgeted for. But having food which all your wedding guests can eat is well worth the cost!

For more help advice on catering for wedding guests with dietary requirements, your caterer should be your first port of call. Make sure you know the wedding catering options they provide before your meeting to ensure they are a good fit for your wedding.

Remember to check out our wedding directory for help when organising your wedding – it’s the easiest place to find everyone you’ll need in one place!


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