How to Handle Food Allergies at Your Wedding
Start by asking your guests about their allergies. This can be done on your wedding website, in your invitations, or in a separate email or letter. Be sure to give your guests plenty of time to respond, so they can let you know of any allergies well in advance of the wedding. Work with your caterer to create a safe menu. This may mean offering a variety of dishes that are free of common allergens, such as peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, gluten, and shellfish. It is also important to make sure that the food is prepared in a safe way, so that there is no risk of cross-contamination.
Label all of the food. This will help guests to easily identify which dishes are safe for them to eat. You can use clear labels or signage to indicate the allergens in each dish. Have a backup plan. In case of an allergic reaction, it is important to have a backup plan in place.
Communicate with your guests. Let your guests know that you are aware of their allergies and that you are taking steps to make sure that they have a safe and enjoyable meal. You can do this by sending out a reminder email or letter, or by speaking to them directly.
Here are some additional tips:
Be prepared to make some changes to your menu. If there are a lot of guests with allergies, you may need to make some changes to your menu to accommodate them. This could mean offering more dishes that are free of common allergens, or it could mean providing a separate menu for guests with allergies.
Be flexible. Things don’t always go according to plan, so be prepared to be flexible. If there is an unexpected allergy issue, be prepared to make changes to the food or to provide alternative accommodations for your guests.
Don’t forget about the staff. Make sure that your caterers and other staff members are aware of the food allergies and that they are taking steps to prevent cross-contamination. By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your guests with food allergies have a safe and enjoyable meal at your wedding.
Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN): https://www.foodallergy.org/
The National Restaurant Association: https://www.restaurant.org/
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: https://www.aaaai.org/
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