Planning a vegan wedding

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Planning a vegan wedding is so exciting! There are so many options nowadays to ensure guests (vegan and non-vegan alike) feel welcomed and are familiar with the food choices all around them. If a couple feels limited, we have created a list in order to keep the elements of the wedding planning fun and stress-free.

Considerations For Vegan Weddings

Food and Location

Buffet for vegan wedding

The first planning item that comes to mind would naturally be, “What are we going to eat?” It is important to let venues know ahead of time that a specialized menu is needed. Couples getting married who are looking to incorporate vegan alternatives should keep this in mind when seeking out their location. Some locations may require the use of their own catering services or allow you to use an outside catering company. This will work fine as long as you work with your venue to perfect the specialized vegan options. Providing ideas and recipes are a way to get the creative juices flowing!

 Catering

There are many caterers that offer vegan options and have the experience to handle specialized weddings. We love working with Eco Caters in Southern California! Nick Brune, Executive Chef at Eco Caters, says, “I love the chance to let vegetables shine, we’re lucky to live in an area where our farmers grow incredible produce. The trick to creating a delicious vegetarian or vegan wedding feast is to start with the freshest organic ingredients from the best local suppliers. This way we avoid taste-sapping airfreight and retain big, bright flavors that pack a punch. All our ingredients need next is a little Southern soul and you’ve got dishes that are extremely flavorful and hearty.”

Cakes + Desserts

Vegan cake

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More and more bakeries are able to cater to vegan couples with the understanding that it is simply a matter of egg replacement and non-dairy milk for most recipes. Couples should seek out a bakery that can create vegan cupcakes, cake, or various desserts! Sweet Cheeks Bakery in Southern California has designed some beautiful vegan wedding cakes in the past. “Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. offers quite a fun range of both Vegan cakes and Vegan fillings & frostings for cupcakes, desserts, and even cakes! We have supplied fully tiered Vegan Wedding Cakes for a number of weddings to great satisfaction by the happy couple. Yay! Decoration on this type of frosting is limited to a beautifully textured style,” chimes in owner Elaine Ardizzone.

Hair and Makeup

Hair & makeup using cruelty-free products

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Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup artists are becoming a popular trend. When seeking out makeup artists and hair stylists, it is important to communicate your expectations for the products and their manufacturers. Another item to consider are eyelash extensions to ensure that they are animal and cruelty-free products. Makeup by Arbonne and Kat Von D Beauty are both great lines which uphold the reputation of being vegan-friendly and against animal testing.

Favors

There are so many favor ideas that would be great for a vegan wedding! Practical gifts such as wine stoppers, personalized frames, or glasses are always fun to include. A trending favor idea for vegan weddings is for guests to receive a thank you card at their setting with a note that a donation was made to an animal organization such as the Humane Society, PETA or SPCA. This is something that is thoughtful, practical, and provides a donation that will go a long way!

Use real flowers

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Decor & Details

Most decorations and rentals will fall in line with vegan standards. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when making choices on those final details. Candles should be animal-product free and any lounge furniture being brought in needs to be checked to ensure leather material is not being used. The use of real flowers is advised to avoid the possibilities of silk; which you should also look out for when selecting your tablecloths.

 Planning

An important aspect of the wedding planning is hiring a coordinator! Planning a vegan wedding is very possible and pretty simple with the right resources. When hiring a coordinator look for one who has experience with meeting the needs of vegan weddings. You will save so much time! If you are in the San Diego area we would love to help you out. An experienced coordinator, like At Your Side Planning, can help you streamline the process and make the planning fun. We wish you the best in your (vegan) wedding planning!

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Bio: Diana Romero is the owner of At Your Side Planning, a full-service wedding planning company in San Diego, California. At Your Side Planning has been coordinating weddings and events since 2004 and providing impeccable service to all their clients. Diana herself is plant-based and very familiar with vegan standards. She is always ecstatic to plan these weddings. Thank you for reading this blog and congratulations!

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Hours and hours of planning, designing and dreaming. The amount of time that it took to reach the actual wedding day seemed unreal. I mean, who doesn’t dream of this day their entire lives? When the day is over, and the party has ended, will you be happy with the twenty minutes your photographer had with just you and your honey? Did that photographer get every dream photograph you’ve had tucked away in your mind and heart? Did they get it in just twenty minutes?

Twenty minutes, forty minutes, or anything under an hour, can fly by. Typically you’re squeezing your bride and groom portraits in right there in the middle of the wedding day. This is how we all (photographers) have to do it! We spend a lot of time creating and rearranging timelines to get the right light aligning with the right time. And when it comes down to it, that time is hardly enough to get the actual emotions you’re feeling to surface.

Why Engage Your Wedding Photographer On Day After

Document the feels

1. Don’t Miss the Feels

With a “Day After” shoot, you get to put your dream dress back on (yay for wearing it more than once!), hair and makeup can be a little more laid back, and you can finally soak in that you’re married. I have my couples think back to when they had first met, or went on their first date together. As we shoot a day or two after the wedding, a lot of beautiful emotions can come to mind. The thick and thin that they’ve been through, the REAL moments of life that they’ve faced together. After the wedding day itself they can actually focus on one another, and have someone document all of those feelings.

Don't keep your guests waiting

2. No One is Waiting

Holla! Have you noticed how wedding guests get a little cranky when there are two hours between ceremony and reception? Why are they so cranky? Maybe they’re hungry… Typically they’ve been waiting because of family formals, wedding party shots, and bride and groom portraits seem to take forever to them. It’s funny because on the photographer’s end of the deal we quickly turn into the wedding coordinator, sunglass holder, drill sergeant, and even the family counselor. Emotions are real in this moment, grandma is feeling tired and we have to move quickly. When it comes down to it, no one is having a good time and we’re all feeling it. After that, I bet you’re feeling really in love and want to take some bride and groom photos together…

Show off your destination

3. Show off that destination

Together you can climb the mountain outside your venue, walk the sand along your beach or dance around the forest. Climbing, crawling, water skiing, or flying. As photographers we crave the shot, and I’d do just about anything to get it. Don’t fear asking your photographer to do something crazy. The worst they can say is no, right? This is the place you’ve dreamed of being in. After all, this is the very place you decide to commit your lives to one another. Why wouldn’t you want to have your photographer tag along for a few hours to create epic memories in this place? Climb the mountains, walk the desert or stroll the epic city. These shots are the ones you’ll be printing and placing in your home. These are the shots people tend to drool over as well, but most importantly these are the shots of your favorite place with your favorite person. How much better does it get?

After all is said and done, asking your photographer for a day after shoot may be the best question you ask them. Especially for you destination brides. Photographers love destinations, most love exploring and they love documenting love. Pulling them all together brings a joy to the couple and the photographer and it all lasts a lifetime. Book that day after shoot, you won’t regret it.

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Bio: Raised by an artist mother, Rachel Wakefield considers herself the “photo maker of the free spirited.” She loves to tell the love stories of the people she works with, especially on location shoots. For information, check out her website.

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