Food allergy labels for your wedding catering: a free wedding printable in TWO styles

July 30 | bijouxandbits  
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Wedding buffet dietary card printable from @offbeatbride
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Chances are if you're offering food at your wedding, you're already thinking about potential allergy and dietary issues. We all either have our own dietary needs and/or know someone who eats vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, or otherwise. Often these guests have a backup plan where they know they'll just have to eat beforehand or pack a snack.

How much of a load off would it be for your special diet guests to see these helpful, free, printable food allergy labels on the table? No need to guess at what's in the recipe or eat that protein bar in their bag instead. We've crafted up these DIY labels that can be easily used with Avery 5302 tent cards.

We have two styles to choose from — a rustic wood background and a colorful watercolor background:

Wedding buffet dietary card printable from @offbeatbride

Wedding buffet dietary card printable from @offbeatbride

You can download the templates here:

 

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Are you having special catering done for guests with special diets? Leave your tips in the comments!

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  1. We are doing an Indian served buffet for ours, so far I am only aware of a couple of veggies and a nut allergy, do you think it is worth doing these? I was just going to tell the nut allergy person what they can have (I'm contacting them to see if this is ok) and hope the veggies get that the veggie curry and all the sides are suitable for them. Would people with intolerances tell us, or just keep schtum and smuggle in a snack? There will be staff from the restaurant serving so they can ask…

    • You could rely on that idea that people with dietary requirements would tell you because it makes sense for them to do so, but people, (all people – no disrespect meant to anyone with dietary requirements) are capable of being weird…. I used to work as a chef and it never failed to amaze me how many people would turn up at an event not having given their dietary requirement info up front and then get annoyed when they weren't catered for. Therefore I prefer to always ask, for any event, it saves a world of trouble and no one ever minds, it a nice thing to do! If you haven't done your invites yet ask on there, the last couple of wedding invites I received asked for this info with the RSVP.

      I like to label too (another reason I love a buffet) because if you rely on just telling people in advance what dishes they can have a) they tend to forget, loose the list you gave them etc etc and b) they can’t always work out what the dish is they are supposed to have just by looking at it, especially with cuisines they have not tried before. I had to do this in two languages for my wedding (we had meat eaters who wouldn’t cope without there being meat, vegetarian, vegan, wheat free, dairy free and diabetic suitable requirements, from both countries!) and a lot of work it was too but come the day not one person came and asked me anything about food and everyone was happy with full plates. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that no one is allowed to ask me about food but I’m just trying to say be wary of setting up situations in which only you know the answer or that rely on you telling someone something, this should be a day that can run entirely without input from you!

      Finally, I don't want to stress you but definitely check with your nut allergy person exactly what they need, some people would need the entire kitchen to but nut free, not just a nut free option to be safe (ie not just their option prepared and guaranteed free of contamination of actual nuts used in other dishes but also other ingredients containing nut derivatives, ie cooking oils). In my experience people with this level of need usually prefer to eat before coming or bring their own food for understandable reasons, but of course your guest will be able to advise you best on their particular situation. It’s better to be completely clear up front if you can’t accommodate someone’s level of need at your chosen venue, it doesn’t make you a bad person it makes you a responsible one.

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      • Yes, I am already slightly concerned about killing my cousins Fiance mere weeks before their wedding :S. I have however been to social occasions at both restaurants and family homes where I am 99% sure I have seen him eat. I am going to send my cousin a message about the severity of it. The restaurant has already told me he won't be able to have the mild curry but the other things are fine and I checked that they use vegetable oil.

        I intend to make a "wedding bible" for those in the loop, DOC, BMs, Bar Staff, Photographer, Restaurant staff, parents etc, and I think I will put possible allergens in there as well as timings, contact numbers etc. Rather than labels I might do a big chalk board

        • Sounds like you are really on top of things! Don't freak too much about the nut thing, hope my comment didn't add to that, the person it affects will be totally used to handling this and it's ultimately their responsibility. Just get a clear picture of what's needed and be super clear about wether or not that can be achieved so the person can make an informed choice. Have a wonderful wedding!

  2. What about asking guests on a save the date /rsvp card about any allergies? I have food allergies, as does my favorite uncle, so I'm always super cautious about it.

    • As a person with an uncommon food allergy (garlic and onions), I go into many situations planning to be unable to eat most of the food, and I never expect folks to change their menu for me.

      That said, it would be AWESOME if I knew "eat this, not this" and I'd be happy to RSVP that information. Even if that meant only eating green beans and wedding cake. 🙂

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  3. So at my wedding I'm the gluten free person, I have Celiac. I am actually going to have a mostly gluten free wedding (only the beer will not be gf), but I don't plan on telling anyone unless they ask me or a bridesmaid. I'm afraid that people won't want to eat the desserts if they know they are gluten free because it will be a turn off to people who don't have a specific need because they will be expecting them to taste different.

    I can totally get behind this at someone else's wedding though, because as a guest it would be totally awesome to know what is in the food and if I can safely eat it lol.

    • Gluten-Free here too also going totally GF except beer at my celebration. I have a few family members who are also GF for various reasons including my mom so I did tell everyone but so far we've served gluten free things to everyone already so they're pretty cool with how stuff tastes. Some of my friends have even converted to GF products I've served them on account of them being that damn good (my organic blue corn tortilla chips are a common one)! I do sympathize with the "ewww it's going to taste different" thinking though. If a person tries one thing that tastes off they think it all does (admittedly it all used to but stuff is improving).

      On that note I agree with and totally would appreciate seeing cards like those when I go to events. I don't like liquid fire coming from my butt and I don't think other people with sensitivities like their symptoms either. I always have something I can eat on hand but getting told after the fact that XYZ item was safe (this has happened before) is really annoying.

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