We're (Insert Dietary Restriction Here). What Should Be on Our Wedding Menu?

Etiquette, Food & Drink

It's hard enough to figure out a wedding menu when you have guests with dietary restrictions, but what if the ones who, for whatever reason, don't eat certain things are the bride and groom themselves? From allergies to paleo diets to devoted vegans to gluten-free eaters, we asked our experts how to figure out what you should serve on your wedding day.

A wedding reception is a celebration of the couple, but it's also a party planned for the people who have loved and supported them along the way. The two of you may be completely devoted to your raw diet, or you might have a gluten sensitivity that impacts what you can eat, but you shouldn't force it onto your guests — and it doesn't have to limit your options.

If you have a large number of friends who follow a similar diet, consider creating a menu that mixes in things you love (and can eat) with more general crowd pleasers. During cocktail hour, you might choose to have more vegetarian options than usual, or you may opt to offer a wider variety of grilled or roasted veggies alongside the potatoes at the carving station. If you're planning a plated dinner, ask your caterer to choose a popular option to offer guests who aren't on a restricted diet, then go the extra mile to create an absolutely delicious dish that meets your dietary needs — even if the two of you are the only ones who eat it.

See more: Ways to Cut Down Your Wedding Menu to 3 Crowd-Pleasing Dishes

Wedding cake can sometimes cause a problem because gluten-free versions don't always live up to expectations. Instead, let guests choose between indulgent chocolate mousse and panna cotta, or set up an ice cream station where everyone can pick and choose their own toppings.

The one exception? If you have an allergy to something like nuts or shellfish. Anything that could cause you to have a serious reaction should be eliminated (so no lobster tails or crab cakes, and skip the chicken skewers with peanut sauce). Of course you know what to avoid, but even the most careful of caterers can't give you a 100% guarantee against cross-contamination. It's better to be safe than sorry — no one wants to hunt down the bride's EpiPen mid-reception!

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