You’ve already chosen the venue, picked out the perfect sorority dress for your bridesmaids, planned the guest list, and finalized the music list for the DJ. A lot of your wedding planning checklist is done, but you still have to figure out the caterer and menu. As a vegan, food options have become a lot more available, affordable, and accessible in the last few years. But planning a vegan menu for your wedding, (which will be attended by non-vegans and vegans alike), can be difficult to do—you want to make sure that everything is delicious and everyone is happy.
Whether you’ve chosen a vegan lifestyle for health reasons, environmental reasons, or to better protect animals, having vegan menu options is important. If you’re having a hard time coming up with vegan menu options to serve at your wedding, check out the suggestions below—you’re sure to find something that will make everybody happy.
It’s not difficult to come up with a selection of drinks that are vegan. While some wines, beers, and ciders are clarified with animal protein, many are vegan-friendly, and you can serve them at your wedding without compromising your values. If you plan to serve soft drinks for those underage and those who don’t drink, keep in mind that some soft drinks do contain animal by-products as well, so you’ll need to look at the label. If you’re concerned about it or don’t have the time to check everything, you can’t go wrong with refreshing water—try infusing fruit and vegetables for a flavorful twist.
Ratatouille Kabobs – This appetizer is delicious. All you need is yellow squash, red bell pepper, eggplant, onion, salt, pepper, and some skewers, (plus some non-dairy butter if you want). It’s a delicious appetizer perfect for a spring or summer wedding, and it’s vegan.
Crostini with Bruschetta – For this appetizer, all that’s needed is some crispy, sliced French bread, olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, onion, basil, and salt and pepper. It’s vegan and delicious, making it the perfect appetizer to serve at your wedding.
Fruit Cups – Fresh and sweet, fruit cups make a great appetizer at a wedding. Different fruits and berries are always in season, so it’s easy to serve fruit cups no matter what time of year.
Pasta Primavera – This dish is filling, satisfying, and vegan. You can serve flavorful marinara on your favorite type of vegan pasta, topped with your favorite veggies (like zucchini, peas, carrots, etc.)—guests are sure to love it.
Vegetable Curry on Rice – If you’re interested in bringing a unique flavor to the table, try a vegetable curry served over seasoned rice. Many Indian and Thai curries are vegetarian and can easily be made vegan if they aren’t already. You can add some spice to the meal and fill guests up.
Vegetable Sushi – Who doesn’t love sushi? If you want to serve it at your wedding, try serving sushi filled with veggies instead of fish—avocado instead of tuna, carrots instead of crab, you get the idea. You can serve it with your favorite vegan-friendly sushi sauces, and nobody will even miss the fish.
If you want to go a nontraditional route and serve something other than a wedding cake or want to serve some sweets for your guests in addition to your vegan wedding cake, here are some vegan dessert ideas that are sure to satisfy:
Key Lime Bars – If you’re planning a summer wedding—especially a beach-themed summer wedding—then key lime bars are a must. This recipe is not only vegan but gluten-free and irresistible.
Tiramisu Brownies – Like the key lime bars, this recipe for tiramisu brownies is both vegan and gluten-free, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious. What better combo than a decadent tiramisu with a rich brownie bass? Guests will be in heaven.
Chocolate Salted Caramel Tarts – Chocolate salted caramel tarts are a very classy and delicious dessert to serve at any wedding. This vegan recipe shows you how to make them step by step, (in case you’re taking a DIY approach to your wedding). Don’t be surprised if guests ask you where you got them or how you made them because they’re sure to be a hit.
Thankfully there are a lot more vegan options out there today than there ever has been. All of the available options make it easier than ever to plan a vegan wedding menu that will make both you and your guests happy. What vegan dishes do you plan to serve at your wedding?