A new website dedicated to vegan weddings offers couples help choosing everything from music to caterers to jewelry for their big event.
The website is called Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings and launched on Valentine’s Day this year.
Rose Pedals offers photographs and testimonials from vegan couples who are married or engaged and a section on vendors to find what you need to plan your own event.
In the animal rights community we spend a lot of time defining ourselves by negatives: a list of things we don’t eat, a list of things we don’t wear, a list of companies we don’t support, or a list of places we won’t visit. It’s a welcome change to encounter people and organizations that make veganism about things we do and things we like instead of things from which we abstain and things we abhor.
Last summer Chelsea Clinton made headlines when she married Marc Mezvinsky and the menu for the wedding included many vegan and vegetarian dishes. Chelsea Clinton is vegan and so the the media inaccurately dubbed the whole affair “a vegan wedding” despite the fact that dairy, eggs, and meat were also served.
It was an ethical compromise on Clinton’s part that was more than a little disheartening to me and many other vegans who would have liked to see her plan her wedding her own way instead of kowtowing to omnivores in attendance.
Big benefit to young vegans
However in the wake of last summer’s festivities the vegan wedding has become a matter of some interest. Many vegans — especially young ones — say that negotiating conflicts with family over their diet is among the most difficult part of transitioning to a plant-based diet. A wedding can be the biggest family event in a person’s life and can bring those conflicts to the surface.
A site like Rose Pedals offers a double service in giving testimony from couples who have been through the process themselves and can offer guidance and reassurance to vegan couples as well as helping with the logistical problems of how to even find vendors for vegan wedding services.
Unsurprisingly Rose Pedals also explicitly supports same-sex marriage and non-traditional couples.
If you’re vegan and engaged Rose Pedals is the place for you. Make sure that the day you dedicate yourself to loving your partner isn’t a day where you compromise on loving animals. Rose Pedals shows that a vegan wedding can be a beautiful and amazing experience.
Photo: Jason Hutchens