Wedding cakes, tiaras and… carrots? Well, kind of – if you are a vegan. And, yes, it’s entirely possible!
For all of you vegan love birds, we’ve put together a list of pointers to consider when celebrating your wedding day – and stay true to your vegan commitment.
Here we go:
Mind the dress and shoes
Even though most wedding dresses are indeed vegan, you should watch out for silk; silk tends to make its way into some wedding dress fabrics so be sure to ask about the type of sewing and fabric you are getting. Good news is that silk-free dresses are made from fabrics like chiffon, sateen, taffeta and lace, and are widely available.
The same rules apply to choosing your bridesmaid dresses!
As for shoes, finding the perfect bridal pair won’t differ from buying any other pair of vegan shoes. Avoid leather, silk and suede and look for an “all man-made materials” label.
Watch the groom’s suit
Guess what? No, choosing a vegan wedding dress won’t be the hardest part of your vegan wedding – choosing the suit, that’s what’s going to be a real challenge! Fabrics to watch out for are wool, silk and cashmere and these are most commonly used materials; to find a vegan suit, choose cotton, linen, polyester, or rayon-based fabrics that are not blended with wool.
Usually, the best places to buy a suit are retailers or department stores; if you have the funds, work with a tailor or a designer to craft the perfect suit to fit your needs.
Food, food, food
No, you won’t have to serve the guests lettuce and carrots to chew on, come on! In fact, finding a vegan-friendly caterer who can prepare delicious servings may perhaps be the most exciting part of planning a vegan wedding. No need to fear, really. With all the amazing wedding catering in Melbourne, the food is going to be the least of your worries. Be sure to discuss the vegan menu options with the catering agencies prior to opting for one and ask for a taste menu. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for specific vegan dishes that you love, it is your wedding after all!
Cake is always that final touch everyone goes WOAH for, so make sure they do the same when they see your vegan delight.
Contrary to the popular belief, a vegan cake can be just as yummy and fancy-looking as any ordinary cake. Many cake shops (some bakeries, too) have experience accommodating vegans, so look around and explore your options. However, before you dive into the cake shop browse, check in with your chosen catering service and see if they may have the option for cakes as well. This will take much drama off your plate and save you an immense amount of time. Still, if they don’t – you know what to do! Ooh and – don’t forget to ask for a taste before choosing the cake, okay? You don’t want to end up with a blend of mush.
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While non-vegan brides don’t really have to worry much about this one, as a vegan bride you need to have four eyes open if you don’t want to end up with something animal-tested on your skin!
If you are doing the makeup yourself, you are good to go, then – you already know all of the vegan products to use. However, if you are hiring a professional makeup artist, either hire one who has a history in working with vegan-approved products or be upfront about the type of products you want. Ask them if they are willing to work with the vegan makeup that you provide. It’s all about good organization.
Mind the jewelry
Go with the jewelry you’d normally wear; avoid original pearls at every cost and wear synthetic ones (if pearls are your heart’s desire).
We hope our advice helped! Have a wonderful wedding, you gorgeous vegan bride!