4 Tips For Accomodating Your Wedding Guests’ Dietary Restrictions

It’s your big day, the wedding of your dreams. As your loved ones gather to celebrate this joyous occasion, they eagerly dig into this delicious feast laid out before them. You’ve spent months preparing for this. Days of stress. Nights of daydreaming. You’ve carefully chosen each flavour, each ingredient with one mind note: 

Create a culinary masterpiece that shuts mouths, opens eyes, and blows minds.

Then, amidst the joy and excitement, there’s a lingering worry at the back of your mind.

You see, you don’t want any of your wedding guests to go through a culinary catastrophe. Just imagine Aunt Sally having an unexpected allergic reaction that sends her into a whirlwind of sneezing, itching, and potential danger. Yikes!

Oh, and those vegetarian and vegan guests of yours? They deserve more than just a plateful of sad sides while everyone else is devouring dishes of exotic bliss. No carrot sticks alone can satisfy their hunger for something truly scrumptious.

And that’s why it’s necessary to recognise and accommodate your wedding guests’ dietary restrictions. Understanding those needs – be they allergies, lifestyle choices, or a firm conviction that vegetables are some of your guests’ best friends – is key to pulling off a wedding reception that is sure to have everyone singing your praises.

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Before knowing how to cater to your wedding guests’ dietary restrictions, let’s first understand what those are.

What are some popular dietary requirements?

Here, we’ve compiled a brief list of the most popular dietary restrictions that your wedding guests might have.

  • Food allergy: An immune response to specific foods, such as peanuts or shellfish, causing adverse reactions like hives or difficulty breathing.
  • Food intolerance or sensitivity: Difficulty digesting certain foods, leading to digestive issues like bloating, diarrhea, or headaches.
  • Coeliac disease: An autoimmune disorder where consuming gluten triggers damage to the small intestine, necessitating a strict gluten-free diet.
  • Pescatarian: A diet that includes fish and seafood but excludes other types of meat, like poultry or red meat.
  • Vegetarian: A diet that abstains from consuming meat, including poultry, fish, and seafood, but may include dairy and eggs.
  • Vegan: A plant-based diet excludes all animal products, including meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and honey.
  • Halal: A dietary practice followed by Muslims involving the consumption of food and beverages that are permissible under Islamic law.
  • Kosher: Dietary laws observed by Jewish people, specifying food preparation and consumption restrictions based on religious guidelines.

A significant aspect of hosting a wedding reception is being aware of and respecting your wedding guests’ dietary restrictions – However strange they may seem. 

Here are four tips for how to find out about the dietary needs of your guests, how to prepare food for them, and how to inform them of your menu’s ingredients.

#1 Inquire about your caterer’s experience in handling dietary restrictions

Most caterers have experience creating menus that suit wedding guests’ dietary restrictions. It is, however, of great importance to speak with several caterers, experience their cooking skills firsthand, and assess whether their previous jobs align with what you want for your reception dinner.

For instance, many of your wedding guests might not eat gluten due to their dietary limitations or sensitivity to gluten. Although you may definitely not want a gluten-free wedding cake, you can choose a baker skilled enough to create desserts using rice flour and other gluten-free ingredients. In this way, you can cater to those wedding guests without a different, gluten-free dessert.

 #2 Obtain details regarding allergies and food restrictions from your wedding guests

Before you send out your wedding invitations, consider adding a few design tweaks – like questions about their food preferences and dietary restrictions (if any). Your invitations have enough real estate to ask all sorts of questions. Here’s a simple list to help you get started:

  • Are you strictly adhering to any specific dietary requirements, such as halal or kosher?
  • Are there any other specific dietary considerations or restrictions we should be aware of, such as gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or any other relevant information?

Once you have the guest list and RSVPs for your wedding, notify your caterer.

You, your soon-to-be husband or wife and the caterer can work together to make sure everyone’s needs and expectations are met after you have an accurate count of how many wedding guests have special dietary restrictions.

That’s when you can let them know what you’ll be offering. Some couples provide a meal and ingredient list in their correspondence or post this information on their wedding website.

#3 Establish procedures to prevent cross-contamination

Alright, now that you’ve done your research, let’s make sure your reception food stays on its best behaviour to avoid any sneaky cross-contamination. After all, what’s the use of having a meticulously crafted nut-free dessert if it ends up hanging out right next to a tempting peanut butter mousse on the serving table?

Label the items that contain gluten, nuts, dairy, vegan, vegetarian, or kosher; and finally, before serving the main course, provide food suitable for wedding guests with dietary restrictions, especially those with potentially fatal allergies.

#4 Avoid overexertion during your wedding reception

If you follow the tips we’ve mentioned above, your wedding event will be a smashing success for you, your spouse-to-be, your guests, and your wedding caterer. You should invest all of your time preparing for the wedding, but when the big day comes, leave all of that behind, relax and enjoy yourself – because God knows you’ve earned it.

Many couples go out of their way to please everybody. But when it’s dinner time, that’s your cue to kick back and let the wedding catering team take charge while you embrace the joy of celebrating your union. 

Why consider Boardwalk Catering for handling your wedding event

If you’re looking for a premium catering company in Sydney, Boardwalk Catering offers a versatile selection of menu items that can accommodate all your wedding guests – (speaking of which, have you checked this insightful blog post on trending menu options for Sydney wedding catering in 2023?). Our wedding caterers are accustomed to accommodating guests with various dietary restrictions and preferences. Contact us now to find out more.