Planning a wedding is a big… no it’s a huge task!  Planning a vegan wedding, well that takes a little more time and research to find suitable and ethical suppliers.

Not To Die For’s ‘Vegan Weddings’ category aims to provide you with expert advice, helpful tips and links to top vegan and cruelty free wedding suppliers to help you create your perfect vegan wedding day.

We’re starting with tips for choosing your vegan wedding caterer with expert advice from John Bayley, Owner of Cashew Catering, who has been catering for vegan weddings for over 10 years.

  • Cashew understand the importance and sensitivity of such an occasion. From elaborate picnics for 12 to plated 5 course banquets for 200+ they can make your decadent vegan dreams a reality.

What’s the best way to start searching for your vegan wedding caterer?
I think for vegan caterers Google searches are a brilliant option. Search social media sites and ask in social media groups for recommendations.  Attend local vegan fairs and events, at wedding fairs I would expect to find less specific caterers, not to say you won’t find great caterers at wedding fairs but perhaps not vegan specific.

What are the key things to check with your caterer before hiring them?
Make sure that there aren’t any hidden costs, ask if they provide kitchen equipment, waiting staff, crockery, cutlery, linen, glassware etc. Most importantly ask if can you try the food before the day!

What information does your caterer need in order to provide a realistic quotation?
Your wedding date, number of guests, location, type of meal, facilities on site and the level of service required.

What information does your caterer need to know about your wedding venue?
Mainly what kitchen facilities are available to them and what will need to be organised. If there is not a fixed facility available then distance to guests can also be a factor for timings, staffing, parking and timings of access.

Should you organise a taste test?

What dietary requirements will your caterer need to know?
Make sure your caterer knows of all dietary specific requirements, some are life threatening after all!

What does your caterer need to know on the day?
Timings are crucial, ‘go to’ people, contact numbers, deliveries and any extra staff mouths to feed.

Cashew Catering are based in East Sussex, visit the website for further advice and information.

Are you planning or have had a vegan wedding? Let us know your top tips and experiences in the comments below or join the conversation over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Check out our Vegan Wedding Pinterest board for Big Day ideas and inspiration!