Let Them Eat, What? How to Plan a Well-Rounded Wedding Menu

Let Them Eat, What? How to Plan a Well-Rounded Wedding Menu

Want to be mindful and respectful of people’s food allergies and dietary restrictions? Here’s how.

The days of serving up bland chicken or fish are pretty much done, when it comes to wedding fare. Modern guests want flavorful options that are sure to please their far-more sophisticated palettes. That said, couples today also have to take into consideration the prevalence of food allergies and other restrictions, factors that generally require caterers to supply more options to suit a variety of diets. So, here’s a pro tip: when it comes to deciding what your wedding guests are going to eat, consider options sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, as well as those with necessary dietary restrictions!

Don’t Leave Guests Hungry

Most wedding guest lists now include at least a handful of vegetarians, as well as guests that may suffer from moderate to severe food allergies, and those who live by religious dietary restrictions. In order to accommodate each of these guests, and more importantly to make them feel welcome at your wedding reception, it’s important to talk to your caterer about options that will suit each of their unique needs.

Rather than resorting to tofu or cheese-based vegetarian dishes, both of which contain common allergens, ask your caterer about dishes that really highlight seasonal produce and hearty ingredients. Think portabella burgers instead of tofu patties, or grilled vegetable fajitas instead of cheese enchiladas.

To accommodate guests that might not tolerate gluten or lactose, make sure at least some of the dishes being served are both gluten and lactose-free. The same goes for religious restrictions.

The simplest way to accommodate guests is by leaving a spot to note food allergies or restrictions on their RSVP cards. This way you can begin planning any necessary menu adjustments – or additions – as soon as RSVP cards come in.

Make Sure Little Ones Have Plenty to Eat, and Food They’ll Like

When it comes to pleasing young guests, simple food is often best. So even if you are opting for a four-course gourmet feat for the rest of your guests, make sure your caterer is prepared to serve up some kid-friendly favorites. This might mean chicken tenders and French fries, or hotdogs and macaroni and cheese. The key here is to please their limited palettes, rather than trying to wow them with fancy food.

The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is hangry, young guests. So be prepared to serve them food that will keep their energy up, and their emotions happy!

Searching for Your Dream Wedding Venue?

Texas Old Town offers four separate venue spaces, each with great views of the Texas Hill Country. Call Texas Old Town today for more information about our wedding venue at 512.396.1800!