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3 Quick Tips For Accommodating Food Allergies and Food Intolerances At Your Next Wedding Or Event

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Food allergies and intolerances are rough…not just for the people that have them, but also for the people trying to help accommodate them. And nothing highlights that first sentence more than an event, wedding, or dinner party. As a wedding and event planner, this is a topic that comes up quite often when I meet with my various clients because they want their guests to enjoy the event. I also understand what it is like to attend an event and not be able to eat a single thing as I struggle with food intolerances myself. Since there are so many different dietary restrictions, it can feel overwhelming as a host when it comes to accommodating these various needs. BUT accommodating is easier than it seems, and I'm going to show you how. Today I'm sharing a few quick tips on how to navigate accommodating food allergies/intolerances when it comes to the next event you are hosting!

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Before we begin, I want to point out a few things:

  • Unless you have close family members with known food allergies/intolerances, you are not expected to accommodate everyone’s needs. Your guests don’t expect you to either.

  • Lifestyle diets are not a requirement to accommodate simply because these are, in most cases, a choice (ex. Paleo, Keto, etc.)

  • Don’t be offended if your guest brings their own food during your event (The alternative was not coming at all)


3 Quick Tips For All Your Events:

#1. If you are providing a meal, include some basic vegetable dishes or bland options that can be jazzed up with a sauce. It is usually ingredients in the dish that are the sneaky offenders.


- If you are hosting a bridal shower brunch and plan to serve quiche, consider also serving no-ingredients added scrambled eggs.