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23rd-Jun-2009 10:55 am
I'm planning this thing myself, mostly to save money, but also because I'm a DIY kinda gal. Out of all the things to plan for this wedding, I have to say I am most concerned about the food. I love food, and it's important to us that the food at our wedding be tasty (because we have both been to weddings where it was not-so-tasty... like Ragu pasta sauce, meat from a can, Safeway cupcakes untasty). Seeing as how I've never had to plan an event where I feed more than ten people, taking each of their dietary restrictions into consideration AND not breaking the bank, I obviously need some outside advice. I want something that everyone can enjoy... I don't want anyone to go hungry!

The groom and I are vegatarian, several of our friends are vegan, and my mother can't eat gluten. Naturally I need foods that are meatless, some that are animal-product-free, and then some sans gluten. Oy. Normally for a party I make some dip and punch and call it good. I'm a bit out of my league.

Basically, I'd like your help, past and present brides of Seattle! Who catered your wedding? Did you go with a typical catering company that did your table settings for you? Did you make them yourself? Did you barter with a friend that has table-setting-talent? Fancy seated dinner? Buffet-style? Appetizers? If you could do it all again, what would you do differently? How did you accommodate your friends' and family's dietary restrictions?

Any tips/advice you can give me will be much appreciated!
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23rd-Jun-2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
The catering company in town that's best known for doing amazing vegetarian food is Herban Feast. Even if they aren't in your ballpark, price-wise, taking a look at their menus might be useful... On the gluten-free front, one of my gf friends has observed that Thai and Mexican food is often "naturally" gluten-free and vegetarian, also a good chunk of Japanese and Indian. She also likes a lot of the gluten-free products at Trader Joe's.

Good luck!
23rd-Jun-2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I forgot half my answer -- what I did at my wedding (and would do again) was have a "dessert buffet" and have things start enough that guests could have grabbed a bite before hand. It was festive, and easier on the budget.
24th-Jun-2009 12:05 am (UTC)
You know I went into Herban Feast to talk to them about doing my wedding and I was not impressed at all. They did not seem like they knew what they were doing and definitely did not make me feel like they would do what I wanted, or even show up on time. I had said I do not want pasta as the main dish and they immediately followed that with well we have a great fettuccine dish. Great, but I JUST said I did not want pasta.....and for their menu they put mock meat in EVERYTHING, another thing I did not want. I wanted good food without the mock meat all of my family is very hesitant to eat that. I know they are popular, but based on my meeting with them I have no idea how they are still in business.
24th-Jun-2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh no I got my caterers confused! disregard that! Herban Feast was amazing and if they weren't so expensive we would have gone with them. The Upper Crust was awful one!!
24th-Jun-2009 03:56 am (UTC)
I used Trophy Cupcakes for the cupcakes (we had a small cake on top for cutting) and they were awesome. :)

My reception hall did the catering, and if any of my guests had restrictions I wasn't aware of it.

People with eating restrictions are used to having to deal with it. As long as you have a few gluten-free things, and a few vegan things, you'll probably be OK. I am sure your friends don't expect you to give them a feast of options.
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