From the catering to the cake, from drinks to the dress, we catch up with a qualified raw chef and award-winning vegan blogger for her top tips for a vegan wedding…
If you thought creating the perfect vegan wedding was going to be stressful, Niki Webster, founder of RebelRecipes.com, is here to show you otherwise! Known for her delicious and easily accessible recipes, creating a sustainable way of incorporating vegan into your glorious big day couldn’t be easier…
Finding the right venue
Make sure that when you are booking your venue you are able to choose one that either allows outside catering or includes an on-site catering team that have a great selection of delicious vegan dishes. Be upfront and honest with them from the beginning about your plans. This allows you to work closely with the venue to ensure all areas are covered, and that they are happy to work alongside you in creating your perfect vegan wedding.
The catering at a wedding is super important – it’s pertinent to not only choose a menu that showcases the bridal party’s personality but one that is also enjoyable for all. You can either book a caterer or do it yourself depending on budget, time and ability.
There are a lot of different specialist vegan and vegetarian caters about but make sure to do your research; read other people’s reviews and speak to them directly to ensure they understand what you are looking for. As with any wedding caterer make sure to sample the dishes beforehand and tailor it to your specific tastes and needs.
Doing it yourself
A brilliant way to ensure you are getting exactly what you want from your catering is to do it yourself. Here are some of my top ideas on how to wow your guests:
Canapés are always a great way to entertain your guests during the reception or before the ceremony. Make sure to have a variety of different choices so there is something for everyone.
Or why not go for hearty crowd pleasers such as mezze platters or big and hearty salads where your guests can help themselves and get stuck in? Finish BIG with different vegan cheeses, chutneys and fruits to create a delicious board that has the wow factor!
The wedding cake
Just like with caterers, it’s becoming increasingly more accessible to find a great vegan wedding cake company, so you no longer need to compromise on taste or appearance.
For brilliant Vegan and Organic designs check out: theorganicweddingcakecompany.com/vegan-cake-flavours. You will not find a cake that is healthier or looks more beautiful than nkshrewsbury.co.uk/bespoke-vegan-celebration-cakes. And don’t forget about cupcakes too: mscupcake.co.uk/weddings/
Surprisingly to a lot of people, certain drinks, such as wines and champagne are not vegan-friendly. A handy trick I have learnt is to use Barnivore.com or the Vegan food & living guide to quickly check what brands are. If you are looking for delicious vegan-friendly champagne, prosecco and wine try: thomsonandscott.com.
The dress is one of the most important aspects of any bride’s day, and there are a growing number of dress-makers across the country creating beautiful gowns which are both vegan and cruelty free. Some gorgeous London boutique options include: minna.co.uk/shop/bridal-dresses and tammam.co.uk.
Hair & Make-up
It’s important to choose a make-up artist or make-up that is vegan and animal cruelty free. Em-J is a vegan and cruelty-free make-up artist with some fantastic tips and recommendations on her website: emj-makeup.com.
Having beautiful flower arrangements and bouquets matching your colour scheme can really bring your wedding together. Work with local suppliers or check for the Fair Flowers Fair Plants label to ensure your flowers are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
A really lovely and different choice is to suggest your guests donate to a charity close to you and your partner’s heart.
Communication is Key
It’s very important to inform your guests that you are putting on a vegan wedding to ensure that there are no surprises on the day, and that they can be prepared in advance.
Our thanks for these excellent tips Niki! Read more about the vegan lifestyle at rebelrecipes.com.