I received an email from a couple, and I share it because there is a huge issue/trend happening about food.
This is what I received: The bride is trying to figure out food allergies as we write this. She may or may not be allergic to: eggs, nuts, carrots, certain not-yet-identified oils. Meat and chicken are usually safe, as are egg-free pastas. If we don’t get this sorted out, she may need a separate meal from the guests. She also does not like fish, eggplant, or foods she considers slimy. We would like to have a nut-free wedding, since nuts are a likely source of her allergies and we will also have other guests who don’t eat nuts. We will also need a vegetarian main course for some guests.
Five years ago, I never had food requests like this. Now, to the above list, you can add those who are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher, glatt kosher, allergic to shellfish, and those who have other specific food requirements and needs. I hear it all the time, and we always discuss it at the finalization meeting with the caterer and venue. At one recent wedding, there were two guests who were vegetarians, one who needed a special diet with unseasoned chicken, one who had major food allergies and would have a place setting but NO food, one who was gluten free and lactose intolerant, another who was gluten free and a pescatarian, and another with a severe carrot allergy!
However, this is NOT a problem.
Please make sure that, in your wedding planning process, you let the caterer (and me) know what the needs are, and they will easily and happily be met. It is obviously so much easier if we know ahead of time!