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Ask the Experts – Should You Let Your Venue Know About Dietary Requirements in Advance?

Food is such a big part of any wedding so naturally you want to make sure your guests are well looked after! Today food intolerances are more prevalent than ever and chances are some of your wedding guests might have one of their own so we asked wedding venues, should you ask for dietary requirements in advance? Here’s what our experts had to say…

From the Experts:

Marita from Armada Hotel, Clare – View Profile

Absolutely – it is in everyone’s interests that the hotel are aware in advance of what your guests requirements are and makes life easy for everyone. We are now catering for a lot more coeliacs, vegans and vegetarians than ever before.

Kelly Ann from The Brehon Hotel, Kerry – View Profile

Yes, this is definitely a good idea to ask in advance, this gives the hotel a chance to follow up with the guest individually prior to the wedding day to reassure them that the hotel is aware and will accommodate their dietary needs.

Justin from The Gibson Hotel, Dublin – View Profile

We would think it might be best to ask on the invites to avoid any surprises on the day!

Niamh from Maryborough Hotel & Spa, Cork – View Profile

Yes – a hotel is always happy to cater for those with specific dietary requirements, the more information the chef has in advance the better prepared he or she is to best cater for your guests needs.

Mary from Diamond Coast Hotel, Sligo – View Profile

It is important to ask your guests about dietary requirements so you can inform your venue and give them the opportunity to offer these guests a suitable menu with no fuss – your guests will appreciate you thinking of them. The allergens in all the food choices should be listed on your menu also to avoid any error.

Virginia from Ballinacurra House, Cork – View Profile

Absolutely – your venue should help you with this. People with dietary requirements should feel included and not like a burden so it is important to get as much info from your guests as you can in advance.

Sue from Lord Bagenal Inn, Carlow – View Profile

I would suggest putting it on your invitations so that you know and can advise the venue of any requirements. Anyone who has serious dietary requirements will invariably contact the venue themselves to let them know. The Chef will usually be able to cater for all on the day but it’s always better to know in advance so that they’re prepared. Vegetarians are always catered for!

Nicola from Athlone Springs Hotel, Westmeath – View Profile

Definitely. As we are becoming more conscious of our diets now, we are discovering that we have food intolerances. With the new laws that have come into place recently, all menus must include a list of the 14 allergens and then also each allergen must be listed on each individual dish. The last thing you want as a bride and groom is for someone to become ill on the day of your wedding and the more prepared that your wedding venue is, the better for everyone.

Photo from Claire & Sean’s real wedding by Couple Photography

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