How to Make Your Vegan Wedding Truly Unique
If you’ve started planning your wedding you know there are many decisions to be made, from the venue to the menu. For couples who choose a vegan lifestyle, there’s an added layer of complexity, but also an opportunity to make their special day truly unique. Although many omnivores believe plant based eating is vegansin, there’s so much more to it. The definition of veganism is “to seek an end to the use of animals by man for food, commodities, work, hunting, vivisection, and by all other uses involving exploitation of animal life by man”.
That means no animals, animal products, or items tested on animals will be present at the wedding. Here are some of the most basic ways vegan weddings differ from regular weddings:
The most obvious difference is the menu. Instead of traditional slaughtered animal-based dishes, a vegan wedding will feature plant-based options that are just as delicious and satisfying. This can include dishes like mushroom risotto, roasted vegetable tart, or tofu skewers. Spices are the flavor makers which means vegan food can be made for any cuisine.
Vegan weddings often incorporate a more eco-friendly and sustainable approach to the decor. This can mean using recycled materials for centerpieces, opting for plant-based and cruelty-free candles, and choosing linens made from sustainable fabrics. Most florists will stay to repurpose ceremony decor in the reception space. Many will also restyle and donate the leftover flowers the next day.
For vegan weddings, couples choose to wear outfits made from sustainable and cruelty-free materials, such as organic cotton. Shoes will be faux leather or cloth. This also extends to the wedding party, with bridesmaids and groomsmen wearing ethically made attire.
Instead of traditional wedding favors, many vegan weddings opt for something more eco-friendly and meaningful, such as potted plants or a donation to an animal sanctuary.
A vegan wedding may choose a venue that aligns with their values, such as a farm-to-table restaurant or an outdoor space that promotes sustainability and conservation.
While planning a vegan wedding may require a bit more creativity and research, it also presents an opportunity to celebrate your values and showcase your unique style. Whether you’re a longtime vegan or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based options into your wedding, a vegan wedding is a beautiful and compassionate choice.