Weddings are a magical moment for couples to celebrate their life together with everyone they love, and couples are beginning to incorporate the things that matter most to them into their ceremonies. As a result, lifestyle choices like veganism and sustainability have become one of the top-growing wedding trends of 2020.
Vegans abstain from products derived from or tested on animals, so items like wool and animal-tested cosmetics are out. This can make finding vegan-friendly vendors difficult, so Zola created the ultimate vegan wedding planning guide to help couples have their dream plant-based wedding.
Planning a Plant-Based Wedding
1. Choose a vegan-friendly caterer
Delicious food is high on your guests’ expectations, especially when they may be tentative on vegan food. This means choosing the right caterer is essential. You can rest easy knowing that many caterers have specialized vegan menus, as well as options for any other dietary needs.
Vegan choices can include plant-based alternatives to traditional favorites, or nutritious meals of flavorful, seasonal produce. Whatever your preference, our trained professionals at Alan Weiss are prepared to make your event a success with great plant-based ingredients.
2. Find a vegan baker
Wedding sweet treats are tradition and highly anticipated. Luckily, there are plenty of vegan choices that don’t use butter, milk, and eggs in baking, and most local bakers will already have vegan options in their shop. So you can have your choice of cake, macaroons, or donuts. Whatever your confectionery needs, vegan baking is easier than ever.
3. Arrange creative food stations
Interactive food stations offer variety for the guests and are the perfect way to show just how diverse vegan food can be. A vegan charcuterie board or olive oil bar is trendy and fun, and dessert tables are always a hit and show that vegans can enjoy sweets, too. Whatever your choice, everyone is guaranteed to find something they like.
4. Prepare a vegan bar
Many people don’t realize that alcohol isn’t always vegan. Beers and wine can use animal-derived ingredients for flavor and production. Liquor is typically vegan, so you can serve your favorite cocktails as a themed-drink. If you prefer craft beer, no worries! There is no shortage of vegan breweries and wineries to support. Just be sure to double-check with your bartender on what’s being served.
5. Choose fresh flowers
Faux flowers seem like an easy DIY project, but the time and storage involved add up quickly, and it’s almost never worth it. Fake flowers are often made of silk, and producing, shipping, and disposing of them carries a huge carbon footprint. Save yourself the time and guilt—hire a local florist and try to use locally-sourced flowers.
6. Display colorful fruit and veggie centerpieces
Fruits and vegetables are an ideal way to add color and fun to your decor. Plus, they taste great and really lean into your plant-based theme. Clean-up is especially easy since leftovers can be taken as favors, donated, or composted.
7. Accept donations instead of gifts
Invite guests to skip the registry and donate to your favorite charity instead. It reinforces your commitment to ending animal cruelty, and you have less to sort and clean after your honeymoon. If you have a full registry, consider donating in your guests’ honor instead of ordering favors that will most likely end up in the trash anyway.
8. Style a cruelty-free look
The cosmetics industry as a whole still heavily uses animal parts and testing in production, but there are more vegan options than ever. You have a good chance of finding a vegan beautician in your city, but if you’re hiring a non-vegan make-up artist, request they use vegan products or supply your own. Look out for common ingredients like beeswax, shellac (secretion from beetles), and carmine (made of crushed bugs).
Similarly, many gowns and tuxedos use fabrics like silk and wool. Avoid leather when accessory shopping, and try to find ethically-sourced garments and jewelry to make sure no animals or people were harmed for your big day.
Your ceremony is your celebration of love and lifestyle, so make sure it’s an authentic reflection of you. Start the rest of your life without guilt, and have a happy vegan wedding!
Catering by Alan Weiss
If you are ready to hire caterers for your next party or event, then look no further. Our trained professionals are ready and willing to do whatever to make your next event a success. For more information and to view our menu, visit us online or give us a call at 443-394-8338 or 800-459-0009. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.