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Vegan Wedding Cake & Food Ideas

Planning vegan wedding reception food can be difficult. If you’re looking for tasty ideas that your guests will enjoy while holding true to your convictions and diet, this is the place to find vegan wedding cake and menu ideas.

So, how can you have an ethical, vegan wedding? A great way to have a vegan wedding is to have a standing reception with hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit-down meal. You can also provide a vegan wedding cake that looks and tastes just as amazing as a traditional wedding cake.

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Continue reading for more vegan wedding cake and food ideas that will keep your wedding reception ethical and delicious.

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6 Delicious Vegan Wedding Menu Ideas

Salad. From kale to a mixed lettuce blend, you can offer a hearty salad filled with various vegetables, seeds, and dried fruit. You could even offer a “build your own salad” station where guests can create their own vegan salad. For salad dressing, you could offer various vegan options including poppyseed dressing, thousand island, coleslaw dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, chipotle lime dressing, sweet dill dressing, and more.

Soup. There are a lot of vegetable-based soups that would make perfect vegan options for your wedding. From purple sweet potatoes and cauliflower to vegan black bean soup, there are a lot of delicious options. Not only can your vegan soup taste amazing, but it can also look amazing with colorful vegetables and beautiful plating.

Kabobs. You can’t go wrong with a traditional veggie kabob. Whether grilled or baked, you can use all kinds of vegetables including miniature potatoes, bell peppers, onion, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and more. Add a marinade and seasoning for flavor and your vegan kabobs with not only look amazing but taste delicious as well.

Zucchini Noodles. Put a spin on traditional pasta by offering zucchini noodles instead. You could provide various types of sauces for guests to choose from and “build” their own dish. Vegan sauces could include creamy garlic, avocado pesto, vegan alfredo, thai peanut sauce, and more.

Rice. There are so many things you could do with rice for diverse vegan options. From making risotto to simple rice and vegetable dishes. If you like Chinese food, you could make different Chinese options with rice and vegetables. Other vegan rice options include fried rice, Spanish rice and beans, rice pilaf, or rice stir-fry.

Cake. As one of the staples of the wedding reception, you can’t forget the cake! A vegan wedding cake can be delicious and will look just as elegant and beautiful. Substituting milk and butter for coconut milk and butter will make for the perfect vegan wedding cake alternative!

Vegan Wedding Food Substitutes

Having a vegan wedding reception doesn’t have to be complicated. You only need to know how to substitute your traditional wedding food for vegan alternatives.

For example, here are a few ideas for your menu substitutes.

Appetizers. Instead of meat and cheese slices, you could provide nut-based “cheese” with vegan crackers for guests to enjoy.

Entree. Instead of serving steak as the main course, you could serve portabella mushroom “steak” filled with rice and vegetables.

Sides. Most sides tend to be vegan, such as vegetables, rice, soup, baked potatoes, etc. so there are already a lot of options for sides.

Dessert. You can find so many ideas for vegan desserts such as vegan wedding cakes, pies, cookies, and more! Many non-vegan recipes can be converted to vegan by using different milk and butter options.

Vegan Wedding Cake Options

Of all the wedding reception food, you’re probably most worried about making sure the cake turns out just right while still being vegan. The good news is there are a lot of tried and tested vegan wedding cake recipes out there that taste amazing!

When looking for a cake baker, ask them upfront if they have ever made a vegan wedding cake. If they have, they should provide all their vegan cake flavors at a cake tasting for you to try ahead of time.

Here are some popular vegan wedding cake flavors that you might enjoy.

  1. Traditional Vanilla Cake

  2. Lemon Curd Cake

  3. Strawberry Lemon Cake with Blackberry Filling

  4. Chocolate Truffle

  5. Vanilla Cake with Chai Spice Icing

  6. Cranberry Vanilla Cake

  7. Lemon Blueberry Cake

Vegan Wedding Ideas (other than the food)

Living a vegan lifestyle goes beyond just the food that you eat. It includes the clothes you wear, the products you use, etc. Here are some other ways that you can incorporate vegan wedding ideas into your special day.

Give back. In lieu of gifts and cards, ask your guests to donate to an animal-related charity such as PETA or an animal sanctuary.

Watch what you wear. Stay away from animal-based clothing such as wool and silk. There are various cruelty-free wedding apparel options that you could choose from instead. Additionally, you’ll want to check out the different makeup products you use and make sure that you’re choosing eco-friendly and cruelty-free brands.

Vegan-friendly honeymoon spots. When planning your honeymoon, be sure to check out the various resorts that boast vegan restaurants and wildlife refuges.

If you have any other vegan wedding ideas, be sure to share them in the comments!

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Hi, I’m Kristin. While I haven’t found my Prince Charming yet, I’ve been dreaming of getting married for a long long time. I started this site as a place to record all the things I’ve found and researched in preparation for my own wedding someday. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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