Vegan Vows: A Yummy Cruelty-Free Wedding

Weddings inspire and delight. Starting with the wedding, a couple begins to build a beautiful life together. Planning a wedding can be stressful. Vegan couples are faced with the added challenge of both honoring their chosen lifestyle and pleasing guests. Wedding food can be as delicious and ethical as the event is beautiful.

Is it ok to serve meat at a vegan wedding?

Would you agree, that compromise is one of the keys to marriage? Probably the biggest decision for vegan couples is what to do about the food options. Should vegans serve meat out of deference to their wedding guests?

Last summer, Chelsea Clinton announced that although she was a vegan, she would serve meat along with vegan entrees at her wedding. At the wedding, a color-coded map indicating each guest’s dietary restrictions was provided. This ensured that no one was served something that he or she couldn’t (or wouldn’t) eat. Her choice to serve meat generated a serious amount of heat, not everyone agreed with her concession — “The idea that anyone would expect someone who was vegan to serve meat at their wedding seems absolutely crazy to me,” wrote one commenter on the Serious Eats blog.

One thing to consider if you hope to tie a cruelty-free knot and create a vegan wedding, is should you compromise your ideals as a couple? Whether you’re thinking of veganizing your wedding, or compromising to accommodate non-vegan guests, here are some ideas for creating a vegan wedding that will not disappoint:

Gourmet Vegan Wedding

Everyone loves great food.

Here is a list of vegan caterers throughout the U.S. from Rose Pedal Vegan Weddings.

Create your own vegan wedding food with these recipe choices.

The Wedding Cake

Vegan desserts generally please everyone. What ingredients go into a vegan wedding cake? Vegans do not eat honey, gelatin, or dairy. As Essell Hoenshell-Watson of Alternative Baker in New York says in a VegNews article, “The wedding cake is an extremely intimate reflection of the couple.”

Here is a list of vegan bakeries.

Here’s some inspiration to whip up a vegan cake…vegan chocolate, of course:

Celebrate your ethics, celebrate your love and celebrate your wedding day, with…Something borrowed, something blue…something vegan too!


Heidi H.
Past Member 5 years ago

Nice article, but I don't see why you need to serve meat at your wedding if you're vegan. Certainly the meat eating guests can go without meat for one meal.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Alexandra R.
Alexa R5 years ago

A vegan wedding cake .. hmmmm .. yummy ..

Sasha M.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for the article

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

Karen, I agree. Until celebs started throwing major parties and making weddings a media event, they were religious affairs held in a church or in a justice of the peace's "office" with a reception held where the "fare" was cake, ice cream and punch, maybe mints wth the names of the couple on them. None of us had full course meals, with or without meat.

I think it's becoming a slow news week in Care.2 again.........this is one of several year old "vegan" discussions being ressurrected out of the archives...........this one is 15 months old.

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez5 years ago

Let's go back to the cake and punch in the church basement reception! Way cheaper, that's how most of our parents got married, and folks should come for the ceremony, not the party anyway. Wish I had done that. Would have been ever so much easier!

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W5 years ago

considering how horrible vegan food ISN'T I don't see the need. If anything, it could be a great way of showing your friends and family just how spectacular food can be without animal products in it, or no difference at all. I kind of get the feeling that unless you'd made a big deal about it, not everyone would even realize or notice. Yes, some might notice that there's no steak on their plate, but I don't think it would exactly destroy a wedding

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

Surely if people are coming to your wedding, they know you well enough toanticipate the sort of food you're going to offer?
A friend of ours had decided on a hog roast for his 50th birthday. Ian and I offered to prepare alternative food for the vegetarians of whom there were several. What we should have done was to put up a big notice saying that this lovely inviting stuff was the vegetarian option because most of it got scoffed by people who thought it was an accompaniment.