If you’re planning a cruelty-free wedding you might be surprised to learn that’s it’s more “on trend” than you thought.
More and more couples are incorporating their every day lifestyle choices into their wedding celebrations. It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase how delicious vegan food can be to all your family and friends who might not realise.
Here’s some tips on holding a vegan wedding:
Find a vegan caterer or ask your venue to cater an exclusively vegan menu.
This is getting easier and easier these days as more people adopt the vegan lifestyle.
If your caterer or venue thinks vegan food is just salads link them to some recipe websites online. They may appreciate the opportunity to stretch their culinary wings and cook something different. Especially since after your wedding they will have a new portfolio of dishes to please another section of the market.
Ask your makeup artist to use only cruelty-free cosmetics
Ask your makeup artist before you book them what brands they use and if they can use exclusively cruelty-free products for your makeup look.
Be aware of false lashes which can also be made of animal fur. The synthetic ones are beautiful and you will also have a clean conscience.
Don’t wear leather or silk
An easy one. Google “vegan shoes” and you will find so many on the market, even super dressy ones.
Mention why you chose to have a vegan wedding in your speech.
You will have a captive audience so why notYou don’t need to turn your wedding speech into a political one but it’s the perfect opportunity to mention that all the delicious food people are enjoying is cruelty-free because you choose not to exploit and harm animals. Your wedding day is an expression of what matters to you and it’s also a great opportunity to show your guests that you can dine on gorgeous food without the cruelty.
Ask for donations to animal charities instead of gifts.
If you already have everything you need this is a lovely idea to give back a little. Research your local farmed animal sanctuaries. Often they can do with all the help you can give
Don’t participate in cruel tourism on your honeymoon
If you’re going to places with “animal tourism” on your honeymoon be aware that all may not be as it seems. Animals can be abused, drugged and exploited to make money in some of these “sanctuaries” and parks. Elephants can undergo cruel and arduous training to break their spirits and Great Cats can be drugged so they are calm during photo opportunities. Ask questions, do extensive research and make sure your holiday dollars are not going towards animal cruelty.
With all the vegan options for food, clothing and cosmetics available these days you don’t miss out on taste, quality or substance. Vegan weddings are on the rise and becoming more and more popular amongst those who wish to leave a smaller footprint on our planet.
(Image credit: Jen Regan Weddings)