So we have decided. We are going to forge ahead and have an all vegetarian wedding. Which is a load off of mine, I have to be honest that I struggled with it because outside Lash, my dad, my dad’s second wife, and myself there are no other vegetarians (that I know of) that will be coming to our wedding. Most of the people that we know are avid meat lovers so I really didn’t want to put people at odds over our reception. I get like that at times, I get wrapped up in making sure everyone else has a wonderful time that I forget the reasoning behind why everyone will be gathered there in the first place. Which is, to celebrate the love that Lash and I both share.
I figure that I have gone to plenty of places and a couple of weddings where I couldn’t really eat anything and I put my feelings aside because the event was not about me. After all, vegetarian doesn’t mean a reception that serves nothing but salad! Hell, I love myself salad (which is not a requirement, I know plenty of vegetarians that hate vegetables – it is quite funny) but I would go crazy if I was surrounded by a sea of leafy greens! So, I have resubmitted proposals to the caterers that we are looking at in Maryland changing our food options to all vegetarian to see what they come up.
I can’t wait to see the options, even though I wish we were allowed to bring in our own caterer because there is a place that we love (well, we love the Atlanta locale – we have to try the DC one) called Soul Vegetarian, which is an all vegan American, soul food restaurant. They are small with a few locations along the Southeast, they have one in both Atlanta and Charleston. The prices are reasonable, the food is delicious (well, I’ve only had the barbecued kale bone as a entree because it is so damn good) and they cater!
Let me move on before this blog becomes an advertisement for this place. Now, in my inner circle I have three people that are close to me that turn their nose up to anything vegetarian. Two of those people if I’m cooking, I always make exceptions for them and cook something with meat in it just for them to eat – so I’m assuming they would be expecting the same type of treatment for the wedding. Unfortunately, unless we get a really good deal – a lot of the meat options are just really pricey and being that we can’t exactly sample the food, I really just have an issue with shelling out money for food that I won’t be able to eat. Besides with vegetarian food, I feel that there are meat substitutes that would help people satisfy their need for something resembling meat, I just hope we can find a caterer that has that type of stuff on their menu.
Another concern of mine is preparation, I haven’t had meat for 10 years at this point and if I eat anything that has been cooked around meat, my stomach will get upset. I really want to avoid anything like that on my wedding day. The running in and out of the stall with a pouf dress does not sound like a good time at all, I’m already going to feel awkward wearing something so fancy – I don’t need to add anything else to that (lol)!
So, we are officially having a vegetarian wedding. We haven’t spilled it within our ranks (as of yet) but I’m sure we will be hearing plenty of opinions regarding our choice. So, question for you all, has anyone gone to a reception that catered to one specific type of food or cuisine (i.e. vegetarian, vegan, indian, etc?) Do you have an issue with going to a wedding that only caters to a certain type or do you feel that a wedding should include things that all members of the reception should be able to partake in?