By Holly Lefevre, Author of The Everything Vegan Wedding Book
Living a vegan lifestyle affects and influences your life on every level. And, now you are planning a wedding! That is a challenge all in itself but when you are planning a vegan wedding, there is a whole new set of decisions and considerations added to the mix. Of course, you know how to incorporate veganism into your daily life, but when you are hosting a major celebration, finding wedding professionals, fielding questions… and dodging the opinions of your friends and family (oh yeah – there will be opinions), what is a good vegan bride (or groom) to do?
Well, first of all make no apologies for your decisions. This is your wedding and it is about you and your fiancé. There is no better time than now to treat your guests to a beautiful celebration and introduce them to your vegan world. Besides, no one will miss a non-vegan thing when you treat your guests to a plant-based, cruelty free extravaganza.
Easy Vegan Planning
1. Don’t expect everyone to fully understand your choices and decisions. It may be easy for your BFF to embrace your veganism, but grandma may not quite understand what it all means…and that is OK – we are all different. Expect questions and maybe a few funny looks… but don’t take it personally. Do your best to educate and enlighten...and encourage them to accept your choices for the day, but remember it is a wedding not a debate.
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2. Embrace this opportunity to introduce your friends and families to the variety of tastes a plant-based menu offers. You may feel pressured to include some non-vegan fare on the menu, but you do not have to. Hire a good vegan caterer, and no one will miss the chicken or cheese or the whatever! Show those non-vegans how delicious and elegant vegan cuisine can be. Don’t forget the sweet stuff. Let them eat vegan cake, and donuts, and pastries, and well everything! Make sure that after your wedding no one will ever make fun of a vegan cake again.
3. Before you head out to scout a venue, do your research. Look for locales that promote or compliment a vegan lifestyle such as an organic herb garden, your favorite vegan restaurant, or a field of flowers. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue only to find that “fights” your beliefs. What happens if you walk into an amazing venue only to find antlers on the wall, leather couches in the lounge, or that the chef specializes in wild game? Turn around – quick! No matter how great the view or how lovely the garden or how right the price is, not every venue will fit with your vegan values.
4. When possible, work with like-minded people and businesses. Being able to rely on your wedding vendors, without having to explain your vegan values time and again will take stress off you. Supporting vegan business also encourages and supports the vegan community. In some areas finding an entirely vegan wedding team may not be possible. So, if that is the case, remember that just because a vendor is not vegan does not mean he cannot do an outstanding job and uphold your beliefs. A good professional will listen to and respect your decisions and wishes.
5. Encourage your friends and family to go vegan with you…at least for the wedding festivities. Request your showers and other parties be vegan (or as close to vegan as possible). Offer your assistance or ask a fellow vegan to oversee the details.
6. If planning a vegan wedding in your hometown is proving to be difficult, consider a destination wedding. Many, many cities have large vegan communities with a wealth of resources and vendors available to throw a fabulous vegan party.
A vegan wedding is like any other wedding, with a few special considerations. It may present some challenges at first, but with some careful thought and preparation you can make it fabulous. Rest assured you can hold fast to your beliefs and celebrate your love and vegan lifestyle while having the wedding you dream of and showing your friends and family a vegan good time.
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About the Author
Holly Lefevre loves all things weddings. After a career in fashion design, and many, many walks of the aisle as a bridesmaid, Holly made a walk down the aisle herself, and then turned to wedding planning as a career. As a wedding expert, she has served as editor for a local bridal magazine, spoke at wedding seminars, and appeared on national television. She has inspired couples to marry with style and grace and a pop of personality that is all their own. She is the author of 7 books, including The Everything Wedding Checklist Book and most recently The Everything Vegan Book. She shares her creative and wedding whims at 504main.com.