Feeding hundreds of people at a wedding can be extremely expensive. You have to make sure that you have enough food for your guests to eat for the meal, as well as snacks throughout the reception so that nobody gets hungry. To add another wrench into your plan, you will also have to contend with the fact that you might have to provide food for people who will only eat specific diets, such as gluten-free diets, paleo diets, vegetarian diets, and vegan diets. If you don't have enough food for these friends and family members to eat, you will be worrying all day about whether or not they are enjoying themselves or are hungry.
Here are some possible options for making sure that your friends have enough to eat.
1. Have Your Catering Option Be a Buffet
The easiest way to allow the most number of people to get food that they can eat is to have a buffet that has one entree that the majority of people are going to enjoy and one or two hearty side dishes that your vegetarian and vegan friends can enjoy. Your friends and family members might gripe that they do not have their own entree, but most people's wedding budgets do not allow for multiple entrees to be created.
2. Make Special Plates for These People
If you only have a few friends that have difficult diets to deal with, you can ask your caterer if they would be willing to make a few plates of food that these people could eat. The easiest way to go is to make all of the additional meals that you are willing to serve vegan because this will encompass practically every difficult diet.
3. Talk to Your Friends
If your caterer is not willing to do this, talk to your closest friend who is vegan and ask him or her to help you make vegan meals to serve to those people on your own. Your friend might even offer to do this as your wedding gift.
Finally, talk to your friends or family members that are requesting special food or meals. Let them know what your menu is going to be and ask if they would be each willing to bring a smaller side dish to help offset your costs.
For more information, talk to a caterer like those at Giuseppe's. They might have some ideas for meals that will satisfy everyone.