Choosing a wedding menu is one of the most important decisions to make for your wedding day. There is now such a wonderful variety of vegan food, with some delicious recipes ideas; thankfully long gone are the days when you could only select menu options from a set menu for your wedding. So choose a caterer who is happy to work with you to bring your ideas to the table.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to include just some vegan dishes in your wedding menu, or go the whole hog (metaphorically speaking of course) and make the menu completely vegan, here are some fabulous vegan wedding catering ideas for you to consider.
Welcome your guests as they walk into the wedding reception with a chilled glass of champagne. Top champagne producers including Moët & Chandon, Verve Clicquot, Taittinger and Lanson produce vegan-friendly champagne so get the celebrations buzzing with a glass of fizz or two for everyone!
The perfect accompaniment to your vegan champagne is a beautifully presented array of delicious canapés. Incorporate a range of colours, flavours and textures that will tantalise all the senses. You could have bitesize blinis with vegan caviar, or roasted potato cups filled with a variety of delicious fillings like basil and sun-dried tomato or avocado. Or perhaps vegan mac & cheese bites, golden flaky vegan sausage rolls, mini vegan beef tacos or mini crispy vegetable fritters to delight your guests.
A fantastic starter incorporates beautiful colour, intense flavour and texture. Choose just one or perhaps have sharing platters for your guests to help themselves. The wedding menu start is an opportunity to add some diversity and celebrate with a range of classic flavours that’ll please everyone even if they’re not vegan, such as vegan smoked salmon or soft vegetable pâtés or you could a range of flavours from around the world with options like Asian spring rolls or vegan jalapeño poppers.
For the main course, many traditional wedding catering recipes can be adapted for the vegan wedding catering menu. There are some fabulous meat substitutes, and there’s tofu, tempeh and jackfruit which can soak up all the wonderful flavours and spices. These can be used to create elegant en croûtes which are always popular along with other dishes like tarts and risottos.
Tofu and vegetables like cauliflower are so versatile and can be used to create charred or roasted ‘steaks’ served with a cream, pepper or spicy sauce. Classic flavours with these types of dishes have a universal appeal which go well with roasted vegetables and side dishes.
Desserts can either range from rich and decadent to light and refreshing: a dark, rich and intense chocolate ganache tart and truffles or a velvety chocolate avocado mousse; soft and light vegan sponge cakes with an array of delicious berries or a caramelised apple tarte tatin served with vegan ice-cream; or a fruit platter and sorbets. You could have individual desserts or a platter with a variety of beautifully arranged miniature desserts.
How about a vegan cheese board? There is now a beautiful variety of vegan cheeses, many made using traditional artisan cheesemaking techniques using plant-based milks such as vegan cheddar and soft cheeses. Or what about vegan blue cheese and creamy vegan camembert made from cashew nuts? Serve these delicious vegan cheeses with a variety of vegan seeded or quinoa crackers and fruits to delight your guests.