I’m about to tell you something you might find shocking. But hold onto your hats, because our wedding is going to be a….MEAT FREE ZONE!
That’s right folks! I am a longtime vegetarian and Zach rarely eats meat nowadays. So we won’t be serving anything that used to breathe and have eyeballs at our wedding. I think a lot of our non-vegetarian friends and family members are surprised we’re doing this. But really, even if we were hiring a caterer, I wouldn’t want to pay for people to eat in a way I don’t believe in. Because we’re cooking all the food ourselves, of course we’re not going to serve meat. I don’t even know how to cook it!
I hope that people aren’t upset about not eating meat and I really hope they enjoy our food. If it forces them to try something new, then good! Maybe some will realize that it is possible to eat a satisfying and delicious meal without meat. Maybe some will freak out and slam burgers before they come. I don’t really care. At least we’ll be showing off our values (and our mad cooking skills, hopefully) on our wedding day!As a side note, I have been to several weddings at which vegetarian options were not even offered! Both times the couple knew that a few guests were veggie, but I don’t know if it slipped their minds or they just didn’t care. Last time my friend and I (the only two vegetarians) couldn’t even eat the salad or pasta salad because both had bacon in them! We ate only bread and potatoes and thus got extra drunk and rowdy with no food in our stomachs.
Vegetarian taco bar! (Photo source: machemag.com)
Maybe I have a slight vendetta, but after not being able to eat at weddings I’ve been invited to, I am super pumped to turn the tables on everyone and not serve any meat! I promise that the food will be delicious and that there will still be lots of protein (beans, guacamole) and cheese (we’re not vegan).
Is it crazy to have a totally-veggie reception? Do you think people will freak out or enjoy the food? Have you ever been invited to a wedding you couldn’t eat at?
A wedding in LA for 75 guests for under $20,000? Check out how this couple did it with an eco-friendly mindset too! Oh, and complete with karaoke! Check out the details from their fantastic planner, Arley at www.aalstudios.com:
The bride and groom’s venue, Smog Shoppe, was their biggest expense. Bride and groom spent a total cost of attire was $800 and their wedding party wore their own clothes.
The bride and and wedding planner made the centerpieces by potting small succulents and arranging them on borrowed platters and cupcake tiers. The whole operation cost about $150. The best part is that they doubled as favors, so nothing wasted! The bouquet and boutonniere were done by Sherene at Wisteria Lane, and the bride was able to plant the bouquet after the wedding, she was absolutely thrilled about that. They had no cut flowers in the entire thing.
Since it was a daytime Sunday wedding, they did two kinds of mimosas at the bar, as well as wine and beer that were bought wholesale the day before. The catering was done by Large Marge Sustainables. Her food is ridiculous delicious, and she uses organic and locally sourced ingredients. Both bride and groom are vegetarians, so it was a mostly meat-free menu, which also helped keep costs down.
The groom arranged various ipod playlists to run during the event, and then around 7 they had Ground Control Karaoke come on and the guests rocked the mic all night long. Total cost of entertainment? $300.
Liz Huston from Photomonium, who is incredible, was another bigger ticket item, but the bride and groom didn’t want to skimp on photography.
So while this is a budget-savvy wedding blog about ways that inspire brides and grooms to save money… this wedding, while still having some bigger ticket items, is such a fantastical example of how the bride and groom prioritized for and planned their wedding budget together. They made smart decisions with what they were willing to spend on and where they needed to be creative and save.