If you’re reading this because you’re engaged, congratulations! If you’re reading because you are curious about vegan living, we applaud you as well.
Whether or not you’re vegan, considering these alternatives is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, offer healthier eating options and include some mindful choices on your special day.
The Ultimate Vegan Guide to Planning the Perfect Wedding
Food and Drink
Contrary to belief, vegan wedding cakes certainly do exist and they are definitely delicious.
Contact your local venues to discuss whether they offer anything suitable, or if they would be willing to create something for you. Alternatively, you can use HappyCow to find vegan bakeries near you.
The same resource can also be used to find caterers. Besides the health benefits, plant-based food is diverse, satisfying and delicious. For inspiration for a vegan wedding menu, take a look here.
Surprisingly, some alcohol is not vegan as it contains products derived from insects, animal tissue, and bones.
Here is a comprehensive list of vegan-friendly alcohol and you can also check barnivore. Consider discussing options with your bar supplier.
Clothes, Hair & Makeup
As cruelty-free becomes an increasingly popular choice in society, ethical stores and designers are more plentiful than ever. For wedding and bridesmaid dresses, chiffon, lace, linen, cotton, organza, satin, tulle and taffeta can all be made without animal products.
Many people are unaware that hair and makeup items can include products from insects, fish, and mammals. Thankfully, you don’t have to use these products on your wedding day (or at all!).
Here are over 100 makeup brands that are cruelty-free. You can discuss using vegan products with your makeup artist and hair stylist.
Unfortunately, animal products are still sneaking into many household items, unbeknownst to consumers. Candles are one culprit, but fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives available and easily found online (look for soy candles over beeswax or animal fat). A simple question is enough when selecting decorations, so you can have some peace of mind as you say “I do”.
Afterthoughts & Gifts
If you choose to hand out favors (gifts for guests), some creative ideas include succulents, tea leaves, soap, vegan chocolate or other treats. You could also hand out ‘thank you’ notes that are made with seed paper, which guests can plant to truly remember the day.
For wedding gifts, you could consider asking for donations to go to an animal charity or any other kind of foundation.
Whatever you decide, the day is yours and it will be a magical one.