So I’m having a cupcake tower with a small cake on top for my fiancé and I to cut, however my baker isn’t vegan/vegetarian friendly and wondering what I should do for my veggie/vegan guests? Should I purchase something separate? The baker is through my venue so I didn’t have to pay anything additional.
I think it really depends on how many people follow such a strict diet. Vegetarians usually will eat cake so it is more the vegans you would have to be concerned about. For our wedding, my husband's cousin was the only vegan at our wedding. She is also allergic to nuts so finding a dessert to accommodate her food restrictions would have been next to impossible so we didn't. We did however provide a special meal for her.
I personally would organise an alternate dessert for the vegans. Naturally not every single dietary request can be catered to but I think if you can make arrangements for such guests it will be very much appreciated.
I know trader joe's has vegan cupcakes that are good. I think they come in a 4 pack for like $6. You could have them off to the side and let your coordinator or a staff member know that if anyone asks, they're for vegan guests. There aren't usually any issues with vegetarians eating cake unless it's an obscure flavor like bacon topped caramel (which I've seen by the way). We're doing this for my wedding because we have 2 vegans and a cousin with a severe dairy allergy, so vegan cupcakes are great for her. We usually do this for birthday parties as well.
I can't speak for all vegans, but for my fiance and I, we never really expect there to be vegan options at our friends' weddings (unless they've specifically asked our dietary restrictions ahead of time or we're really close), so I don't think you need to go out of your way and spend a bunch of money on a separate vegan baker.
That being said, if you know you have vegan friends attending, I can guarantee you they would be immensely grateful if you did a little something for them. As Angela said, there are great and cheap options that show you care (Trader Joes and Sprinkles both have really good vegan cupcakes). And you can always opt for vegan cookies if those are easier to find since I'm not sure where you're located. Honestly, anything someone does to help us feel more included no matter how small always feels so nice.
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I have celiacs and a dairy allergy, my friend just asked if I was okay with brining my own food. Which I was. And saved them a plate cost 😂 Wouldn't hurt to ask if they can bring their own treat.