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Would You Impose Your Dietary Restrictions at Your Wedding?

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton, is getting married this weekend. There's been a lot of hype surrounding the event and yesterday more details about her big day surfaced.

She's planning a green wedding — complete with a vegan menu and gluten-free cake. Chelsea's a vegan and allergic to gluten, so it's no surprise that she's made these decisions. While the majority of the dishes are vegan, Clinton is offering one option for carnivores: grass-fed organic beef.

I love her menu selections: she's staying true to her diet and providing a compromise so that all of her guests will be pleased. I know not everyone would do the same. I've heard of weddings where no alcohol or vegetarian meals were served. Where do you stand on the matter?

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 5 years
While you're never going to please everyone, you can still plan what you want & serve items that are compatible with most diets.  Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources that the Clinton's have to pull it off in such a PC manner.  You really have to work with a caterer that knows what they are doing in order to provide tasty substitutes that will satisfy the majority.  I would definitely try to avoid major food allergens (corn, wheat, soy, certain types of fish, etc), if possible.
girlA girlA 7 years
Well said, LeiraElle!
LeiraElle LeiraElle 7 years
They're getting a free meal, so yes! I can't imagine complaining because a friend or relative chose to give me a free meal I didn't like at a celebration thats for THEM! My job is to say congratulations and make a fool of myself on the dance floor, not expect a myriad of meal options. Silly.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Wait.... I can eat more than lettuce? *blank stare* :P Just kidding. I completely agree. Some of the best food I've ever had in my life was vegetarian (even during my meat eating days). I recently found a place that serves the most amazing Seitan Philly sandwiches. And what's funny is I eat more variety and with more flavors and herbs than anyone I know. Being open minded on food is a good thing.
girlA girlA 7 years
I think there tends to be a stereotype that vegan/vegetarian food is strictly boring, tasteless and made of lettuce. I think it's great to show people that veg food is nothing like that and I don't see why omnivores can't go one meal without meat. If you need it that bad, bring a ham sandwich with you. The B&G are paying for it and they should serve whatever the hell they like.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Bacon makes anything delicious!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Or stuffed into a disgusting mushroom.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
See, I hate when a delicious piece of bacon is wrapped around a disgusting scallop.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
If I ever get married there will be a fish option, a meat option and a vegetarian option of some sort.... the passed around appetizers will all be low carb, dairy free & healthy though because I hate when I go to weddings and an innocent shrimp or scallops is wrapped in a disgusting piece of bacon!
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I will impose my dietary restriction - a severe shellfish allergy - at my wedding, only because it's so bad. I break out into huge, welt-like hives simply at skin contact with shellfish, even if it's contact with someone else's skin who has touched it, and have gone into anaphylactic shock from a kiss. What does everyone do at weddings? KISS THE BRIDE! So yeah, no shellfish. In general, I think it's polite to offer a little of everything, but if there's medical or ethic objections, then serve what you're comfortable with.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
agreed. plus, i've been to many a wedding where i was jealous of my vegetarian friends, cuz their meals looked waaaay better. i think it's easier to mass-produce veggie meals than it is meat. (harder to overcook)
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Amanda - "For me, it's all about flavor. If it's good, I don't care what's in it. " Exactly! I don't know why people get all up in arms about it. I've had bad omni food at weddings before, it's not about the meat or not, it's about the food quality. When people think in advance "Ew, they're going to have vegetarian food" or "Ew, the cake isn't made out of regular flour, it's made with something weird," they're setting themselves up for disappointment. I know negative people just like this.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I am a huge carnivore. I could eat a big steak every day of my life and be thrilled. However, I was at a wedding this past weekend where the meat was served extremely over done. I would have gladly eaten a vegan meal that tastes great than the hunk of coal that was served. For me, it's all about flavor. If it's good, I don't care what's in it. I would hope that most people would agree. As for the gluten free cake, why shouldn't the bride be able to eat her own cake? Especially when it's easy to order gluten free?
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I'm an ethical vegetarian and no matter how much kicking and screaming people may do, I will not be serving meat at my wedding. :P I think it would be very rude to comment on the food as well during the wedding. Omnis eat vegetarian food all the time (hence the name), I think some people just love to complain. One of my good friends online got married last year and had an all vegan reception. She said people are STILL talking about how awesome the food was. One of her uncles told her that he's been to dozens of weddings over the years, her meal was the best of all (I saw pictures, I was drooling). Another friend of mine is having a 5 course vegan meal next month, her menu sounds heavenly too. The food I serve will be awesome, but if people really hate it that much, they can drive through Taco Bell on the way home. The last wedding I attended I ate a roll and a few pieces of asparagus because those were my options, but I didn't complain (I literally became a vegetarian that day, the HC didn't know). It was a dry wedding too.
mswender mswender 7 years
Snarkypants- Totally understand your situation. I allergic to all fish, not just shellfish and for awhile I didn't eat red meat. Weddings can be tough, but it should be a celebration of the bride and the groom and the guests. If I was getting married I would have a fish option for my guests most likely. At a wedding I was in a few months ago, I sat next to probably the only vegetarians there, and their food looked and tasted way better!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I had a vegetarian option; but, I wouldn't make the entire reception vegetarian.
isahrangme isahrangme 7 years
i think it's very selfish that a guest would expect the bride and groom to cater to his/her dietary preferences. yes, vegetarians CAN eat meat, but that's the same as saying... everyone can eat everything. even rocks. really, vegetarians who have been meat-less for a long time have stomach issues if they eat meat. my sister was vegetarian for a year (for environmental reasons) but when she decided to eat meat again, she had to ease into it. and actually, some people are vegetarians because meat actually DOES affect their health negatively. whether it's due to cholesterol or an actual allergy. would you expect someone allergic to peanuts to eat peanuts just because that's what is being served? NO if the bride and groom have certain religious or cultural preferences, no one would say they are SELFISH for imposing that on their guests. non-jewish people attend jewish wedding ceremonies, non-indians attend indian weddings with an all-indian menu. would i expect the bride and groom to provide alternatives in case someone disliked indian food? no, i wouldn't. (although, if someone hates it so much that they request a different dish, that's fine too) and i am a girl who enjoys drinking. the taste of wines and beers, and also to get tipsy :] but i would never consider the bride and groom RUDE if they didn't serve alcohol, whether for religious or any other reason! if you need alcohol that badly, you have problems. if the bride and/or groom are people you care about, you should be able to have fun without alcohol... i mean, it's chelsea and her fiance's wedding! she can do what she wants, and clearly that's exactly what she's doing!
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
And in regards to the Clinton wedding. If I was allergic to gluten, then of course I would be having a gluten free cake. That would be horrible to not be able to enjoy your own wedding cake!
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
My bf parents are very against drinking. They wouldn't even go to his sister's reception because they were so against the open bar. I would not want to alienate family like that at my own wedding. If a guest feels like they can only enjoy my wedding if they're drunk then I don't want them there. I think its very rude to say such a thing.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I see and my apologies. Thanks for clarifying, ladies!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Kim it was more of a general question. People on this thread seem to have a problem with the B and G creating a menu tailored to their needs...but no problem with the opposite.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
kim, i don't think sarah is arguing with you, i think she's addressing the general discussion. i do not eat pork or beef, and have a shellfish allergy. so if i'm attending a reception that has say (using a recent invite as an example), prime rib and sea bass, i call ahead to make sure that there is no shellfish served with the sea bass. if there is, i either request to have a shellfish-free dish, or a vegetarian dish. there is no problem with doing that. i don't think any reception hall would have a problem with that. the problem i (along with others) have is guests criticizing a bride and groom for their menu choices.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Huh? No. My very first statement of my comment was that it is OK for the bride and groom to create a menu according to their dietary restrictions. Did you read what I said? My comment about the guests wasn't about having the entire menu changed, but about asking in advance for an alternate entree so you don't surprise the caterers/facility with your request when you're there. (Even though most facilities will be happy to whip up a vegetarian entree at the last minute. It will probably be trickier with catered events as opposed to events wherein the actual reception hall, country club, etc. where the reception is held actually provides the food.)
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