If you’re having a big family wedding with lots of guests to feed, chances are that you’ll have a few vegans, if not vegetarians or those who don’t eat pork or shellfish. Or you and your fiancé may be vegan yourselves. So offering plant-based options works for everyone (and even your carnivorous guests might want to tuck in).
Gone are the days of non-meat eaters having to make do with a solitary giant mushroom or a plate of vegetables with the meat taken out. There are so many delicious options – and hiring a caterer that specialises in vegan food will ensure that these guests are not an afterthought. Otherwise, you can always look to Pinterest which has lots of vegan wedding food inspiration, which you can then request from your caterers (or try whipping up yourself!).
From cute canapés to hearty main dishes and moreish desserts, below is our pick of the best plant-based wedding fare.
West African Black-Eyed Pea Fritters
West African Black Eyed Pea Fritters / Instagram: @upohar_llc
This mouthwatering crunchy snack is best served with hot sauce for a spicy kick.
Vegan Mac n’ Cheese Bites
Vegan Mac n Cheese Bites / Instagram: @lazyboykitchen
What’s better than a delicious plate of filling vegan mac n’ cheese? How about coating them in breadcrumbs and deep frying them?
Blistered Shishito Peppers
Blistered Shishito Peppers / Instagram: @chrisschard
Delicious sprinkled with chunky sea salt and lemon zest, drizzled with oil – these will be hoovered up like hot cakes.
Spicy Green Cashew Dip
Spicy Green Cashew Dip / Instagram: @goodcleanfoodclub
Made using blended cashews and lime juice instead of cream, this tasty, moreish snack is great to serve with kettle chips.
Vegan Rainbow Spring Rolls
Vegan Spring Rolls / Instagram: @biancazapatka
Easy to pick up and dip, everyone loves a vegetable spring roll – especially if it involves dairy-free rice paper and a soy, sesame and ginger dipping sauce.
Pea & Mint Dip
Pea and Mint Dip / Instagram: @seasonswildandfree
For those aren’t fans of too much spice, this makes for a tasty alternative (gorgeously green, it’ll look great on the ‘gram too!).
Non-Dairy Pesto Pasta
Non-Dairy Pesto Pasta / Instagram: @littleghoulvegan
Did you know in Italy, pasta is traditionally served as a starter? Whetting your appetite with some perfectly al-dente penne, topped with spiky green pesto (hold the parmesan!) is a surefire winner.
Vegan Dumplings / Instagram: @schoolnightvegan
This one is stuffed with shitake mushrooms with pickled mustard greens to bring that ‘umami’ (savoury) flavour.
White Bean Hummus Topped With Grilled Asparagus
White Bean Hummus and Asparagus / Instagram: @kokogreen06
Seasonal asparagus are ideal for spring weddings, griddled with a slight ‘meatiness’ they complement the mellow flavour of the hummus.
Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough Toast
Mushrooms soak up all manner of flavours and make a tasty snack when done right.
Vegan Main Dishes
Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Curry
Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Curry / Instagram @hawleycrescentculinary
Hungry guests will practically fall into this filling curry, with peanut butter to keep people energised till the early hours.
Cauliflower Steak with Parsley Sauce
Cauliflower Steak with Parsley Sauce / Instagram: @_veghead_
Cauliflower has a meatiness to it, which makes it a great steak substitute. Well-seasoned and crunchy on the outside, you can’t go wrong.
Sun-Dried Tomato Tarts with New Potatoes and Courgetti Spaghetti
Sun-Dried Tomato Tarts / Instagram: @numinums_cafe
This is a delicate summer wedding dish is brightly coloured, filling and oh-so-tasty.
Egg-Free Meringue and Peach Slices
Vegan Meringue and Peach Slices / Instagram: @vegan_guernsey_girl
There’s your standard fruit salad and then there’s this multi-coloured, peachy sugary delight!
Vegan Cupcakes / Instagram: @wildflower_wedding_favours
If you’re only catering for a few vegan guests, having these cute flags in the non-dairy cupcakes means there’s no confusion as to which ones are theirs.
Rhubarb, Poached Pear and Coconut
Rhubarb, Poached Pear and Coconut / Instagram: @the_cheshire_dining_experience
Poached pears always go down a treat, whether for vegans, veggies or otherwise. And the coconut sauce and rhubarb accompanies it perfectly.
Vegan Evening Buffet
Loaded Nachos with Avocado and Non-Dairy Cheese
Loaded Vegan Nachos / Instagram: @forksoverknives
Fans of Mexican food – whether vegan or not – will all be fighting over this tray of deliciousness, made up of spicy black beans, baked crumbled tofu and crushed walnuts, vegan cheese and avocado.
Vegan Pizza / Instagram: @purezza
When it comes to fuelling up from the evening buffet, pizza is that easy-to-grab snack that everyone loves. And with so many great plant-based versions, you can keep everyone happy!
Bowl food is another great vegan option (especially the risotto and sweet potato curry). Read about why it’s ‘the’ wedding food trend of the moment.