Allergy Free Weddings

Allergy Free Weddings

Besides celebrating the union of two special people, wedding guests most look forward to enjoying a special meal.  They know the food is going to be delicious and unlike anything they ever had before. This makes it crucial for the wedding couple to ensure that the food is hot and tasty, but also that it won’t trigger any potential allergies.

Gluten Free Weddings

Gluten free foods are becoming more popular as the diagnosis of gluten intolerance and Celiac disease rises. Consider having an entirely gluten free wedding, or at least offer a few gluten free foods or food stations.

Nut and Soy Allergies

Nut and soy allergies are common and unfortunately potentially life-threatening. This is particularly the case with peanuts. If anyone in your wedding party has a nut or soy allergy, avoid choosing wedding foods containing nuts. If that’s not possible, consider serving these foods separately and clearly label them so guests are aware that they contain nuts or soy.

Shellfish Allergies

Shellfish allergies are as common and dangerous as peanut allergies. If a person allergic to shellfish eats shrimp, lobster, crab, or any other crustacean, they will require emergency medical treatment. Most people allergic to shellfish won’t select the lobster at a wedding, but if you’re serving any foods with lobster or other shellfish in them (such as lobster rolls or chowder), make sure these foods are clearly marked.

Dairy Allergies

Dairy allergies aren’t necessarily life-threatening in most cases; however, they cause some severe discomfort in people who are lactose intolerant or don’t do well with dairy. Label foods with dairy clearly, or consider having your caterer use dairy-free substitutes where possible.

Want a Completely Allergy Free Wedding?

If you want a completely allergy-free wedding, avoid the main eight food allergens identified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Tree nuts, including walnuts, pecans, and almonds
  • Fish, including salmon, cod, and flounder
  • Shellfish, including lobster, crab, and shrimp
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Peanuts

There are many creative dishes that can be made without any of these allergens, so you can be certain that everyone can eat without having to worry about allergic reactions or unpleasant symptoms. However, if you wish to have a completely allergy-free wedding, it’s important to work with a caterer who understands food allergens and how to prepare allergy free foods without cross contamination.

Book with the Essex Room Today

At the Essex Room, we know catering — and that includes allergy friendly foods. We also accommodate small weddings of under 100 guests. For help with catering, wedding planning or to book your wedding or reception at the North Shore’s premier wedding venue, contact the Essex Room today.