At a wedding, one of the major events is sitting down with your friends and family and eating a delicious dinner together. Everyone gets to mingle and talk about what a good husband and wife the bride and groom will now be. The only thing that can be frustrating about these meals, is that family and friends who have food allergies can’t enjoy the wonderful meal you spent so much time planning and picking out. Many people in my family have a gluten allergy, my dad included, so whenever we go to weddings as a family he is stuck eating a barbecue sandwich minus the bread, southern style green beans (as long as there is no breading on any of it), and he can’t even think about eating desserts (the wedding cake is always out of the question). Very seldom do many people have gluten free desserts.

 

It is incredibly hard to have gluten free items on your menu, just because they are so uncommon, but here are a few tips and tricks to have an abundance of delicious gluten free options.

 

1. It’s safe to say gluten free substitutes aren’t always the most savory options. As much as my dad loves his rice flour bread, he always says nothing beats the taste of whole wheat. Instead of trying to find substitutes, opt for foods that don’t require any gluten in the first place. For example, have many options for meat. Instead of just having one option of grilled chicken, add shrimp and fish to the menu. This way, people can get full without having to eat four bread rolls.

 

Photo by Lake Elmo Inn Event Center

Photo by Lake Elmo Inn Event Center

 

2. Another gluten free food to focus on is vegetables. Every southern wedding I have been to has been low on the veggies when it came to dinner. Unless it was green beans or corn, the vegetables have always been lacking. Try and add variety, and definitely add a salad bar!

 

Photo by Jessica Torossian for BizBash

Photo by Jessica Torossian for BizBash

 

3. An easy way to avoid gluten free foods, is to pick a buffet style food that avoids gluten on its own. The most food my dad ever ate at a wedding was when the theme for dinner was Mexican food. Between corn chips, corn tortillas, and yellow rice, this type of food doesn’t require gluten to be delicious.

 

Photo by recipeshubs.com

Photo by recipeshubs.com

 

4. The last thing to look at when planning a wedding that needs gluten free options is desserts. Finding a good gluten free cake or cupcake is a hard task. For a wedding in Athens, Ga, there are actually many caterers that provide delicious, gluten free cakes. Gigi’s Cupcakes which is located right on Broad Street in Athens has many different options for a beautiful wedding cake and cupcakes. Your gluten free guests will be thrilled when they can actually eat a wedding cake at a wedding!

 

Photo by Gigi's Cupcakes

Photo by Gigi’s Cupcakes

 

Being gluten free is hard, but being gluten free at a wedding is harder. There are ample ways to make your wedding gluten free and delicious at the same time!

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