At some point in the wedding planning process it’s pretty much guaranteed a bride will envision all things that can go wrong. One scenario people tend to overlook is food allergies. According to the Food Allergy Research and Education website, an estimated 32 million Americans have food allergies and that includes 5.6 million children. So the chance that someone attending your wedding has a food allergy isn’t far-fetched. So how do you go about planning your big day around food allergies? It’s actually not too difficult a problem to solve and in terms of wedding karma, it’ll definitely earn you some kindness credits!
The first thing you can do is briefly educate yourself on the various food allergies and sensitivities. You certainly don’t want anyone going hungry or not coming to your wedding at all simply because of menu restrictions. Most of the serious food allergy reactions are caused by 8 major allergens: milk, eggs, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and crustacean shellfish. Awareness is the first way you can avoid serious health scares at your wedding.
Include a space for food allergy information on your RSVPs. This is a great way to double check any food restrictions. Your guests will be appreciative, and you’ll have the information you need to make sure no one is left out and no one gets sick. This is especially important if someone has a severe allergy to something and even having it in the air can cause a reaction. The information will help you decide what to serve or put out on tables for snacks and favors.
Having a seating chart is another great way to handle food allergies. You can plan tables according to allergies. Plus, name cards can have indicators as well. This will also help caterers and servers when it comes to serving the food. A seat chart removes some of the probability of human error. Servers can double check the right food is going to the correct guest.