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Wedding Guest Food Allergy Guide

Wedding Guest Food Allergy Guide

Individuals are more aware than ever of food allergies and sensitivities. Gluten and dairy free diets are more common, and its likely that there are a handful of guests on your list who you need to consider when planning your menu. You want to make sure all your guests can enjoy the food and desserts you have to offer, and ensure no one’s evening is ruined by a food-related reaction or hungry stomach! The most common diets that you may need to make accommodations for are:

  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut allergies

How To Collect Wedding Guest Allergy Information:

The easiest way to collect this information is by requesting it through your RSVP process. Adding a simple question to your RSVP card or online RSVP process is a simple solution to gather the information you need. Here are a few ways this can be worded:

  • Do you have any allergy restrictions that we should know about?
  • Does anyone in your party have allergy restrictions that we should be aware of?
  • Please list any food allergies or sensitives for your party here.

If you don’t want to actually collect these details through the RSVP process, you may simply ask guests to reach out via phone or email to address any concerns.

As the wedding date approaches, provide a document to your caterer with the names and food allergies of guests so that they can ensure precautions for serious allergies are taken, and all guests’ needs are addressed. The caterer will like give you a deadline to provide this information, usually about 2 weeks before the wedding date. If serving a buffet style meal, you may consider creating food allergy labels for your guests. For plated meals, an indicator of an allergy may be added to the place cards.

How are you taking care of your guests with food allergies on your big day? Let us know in the comments!

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