For example, lactose intolerance is very common, and it is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar that is found in milk and milk products. The symptoms range from mild to severe, depending on the amount of lactose consumed and how much an individual can tolerate.
Another common allergy is gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance can range in severity. from mild sensitivity to celiac disease. Celiac disease is the result of an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats. Some people may not have a gluten intolerance, but choose not to ingest gluten for other health reasons.
It’s also a good idea to avoid including frequent allergens like nuts, shellfish and eggs in your menu. So if you’re restricted in a number of ways and have to satisfy picky eaters and vegetarians, what’s a girl to do?
Talk to your caterer
If you already have a specific dish in mind, then you should talk with your caterer about the dietary issues that you have so they can be dealt with properly. When picking out a wedding cake, communicate with your baker about your specific needs. Believe it or not, you can have a wedding cake that is both gluten- and lactose-free! (And it’s still just as tasty.)
Give your guests a heads up
If you know you have many guests with allergies attending your big day, you can opt to include a description of the menu on the invitation or wedding website. On the cards, list each food, and the type of ingredient that may pose an issue to someone with a food allergy or intolerance. Then, friends with a lactose or gluten intolerance can simply opt to stay away from that particular dish. This way, they can prepare if you are including something they can’t eat.
Stock the bar
There is often gluten in many types of alcohol, so if you’re having an open bar, guests may choose to forego those drinks. However, to make it easy for everyone, you can stock the bar with plenty of gluten-free beer and cocktails.
Offer tasty allergy-free foods
To do your best to offer your guests food that works for everyone, choose a few versatile dishes that can be altered to fit various health needs.
A salad bar: Many receptions have salad or fresh fruit bars, where your guests can choose exactly what goes on their greens. This way, if they have a gluten intolerance, they can stay away from the croutons, and if they have an intolerance to lactose, they can opt to avoid the cheese and creamy dressings.
Do you have any delicious dishes in mind for guests with food allergies? Share your thoughts with us!