A fun and memorable wedding celebration is one where your guests feel comfortable to let their hair down and have a wonderful time. This means being prepared to cater to guests who have allergies or specific nutritional requirements. Read on for our round-up of the best advice from professional wedding caterers on handling guests’ dietary restrictions and food allergies.
Tip #1. Ask in Advance:
Asking guests to provide you with details of any food allergies, intolerances or dietary restrictions with their RSVP will give you enough warning in advance when it comes to what you will need to cater for. Make sure that you ask your guests to provide you with details of any severe allergies – most people will let you know. Contact any guests that provide you with details in advance to run over the food menu with them and ensure that everything is suitable.
Tip #2. Hire a Good Caterer:
Professional caterers are used to dealing with guests who have food allergies and will be willing to make modifications to dishes where needed to ensure that they are safe for certain people to eat. When scouting out potential wedding caterers, find out if they are able to customize menus for guests with food intolerances. The good news is that for most good caterers, this should not be an issue – some may even already be taking preventative measures, for example by using alternatives or avoiding nut products.
Tip #3. Label Everything:
If you are planning a buffet-style feast for your wedding reception, then labeling everything is a great way to ensure that your guests know what they are choosing to eat and are aware of any potential allergens in the ingredients. Label the different foods in accordance with whether it is gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, or vegan, for example. Don’t forget to label drinks, too – people with sulfite allergies can use the StiQit to remove allergy-causing sulfites. Place them at the bar for easy access.
Tip #4. Provide Alternative Meals if Needed:
By the time you put together your food menu, you will likely have a good idea of how many guests are suffering with food allergies, and which ones. Use this information to decide whether it will be appropriate to provide alternative meals – for example, if there are only one or two people who have an allergy to gluten, it may be more appropriate to have gluten-free meals made up for them specially. On the other hand, peanut or shellfish allergies can simply be addressed when creating the whole menu.
Tip #5. Provide a Menu in Advance:
If you know that some of your guests have food intolerances, then you may want to consider sending them a copy of your menu in advance, which will allow them to notify you of any red flags to be discussed with your caterer. A good way to do this is to set up a wedding website, where you can upload your menu and provide guests with the link to view it.
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