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Hi there! Obviously, I'm new... *waves* I've been lurking around for awhile now and I've finally given in to posting.<br><br><br><br>
Mostly, because I have questions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:"><br><br><br><br>
I'm working towards vegan (I don't eat milk, eggs or honey, but I don't think I'm perfect yet.) and fiance for the most part is, too. However, we both come from families of omnivores. Some of them are diabetic, making it harder to choose some vegan cuisine. They aren't very receptive to some vegan things like soy patties or hummus (WAAAAA!) it seems like.<br><br><br><br>
We're planning on marrying in May. For our wedding, instead of a sit down dinner, we are doing a light buffet. I'm looking for suggestions on what to serve that will work for us all, as picky as everyone might be.<br><br><br><br>
As for a wedding dress, I really want it to be vegan and I don't want to spend a lot on it. However, I'm also trying to go without sweatshop labor. Does anyone have any suggestions? No, I don't have a dress I can borrow, just to cut that off.<br><br><br><br>
Also, as I said before, I'm not perfect. I want the wedding to be as animal friendly as possible. Are there things I should look out for? You know, those things that are so common, and when you find out there are animal products your all like ARGGH! and WHY?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"><br><br><br><br>
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I'm not sure about the food, but here are some links for dresses and other wedding items that may be of help:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.getconscious.com/" target="_blank">http://www.getconscious.com/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.threadheadcreations.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=bridal" target="_blank">http://www.threadheadcreations.com/M...ry_Code=bridal</a><br><br><a href="http://www.rawganique.com/WSD1.htm" target="_blank">http://www.rawganique.com/WSD1.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.rawganique.com/organic-hemp-wedding-clothes.htm" target="_blank">http://www.rawganique.com/organic-he...ng-clothes.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ecoparti.com/wedding.html" target="_blank">http://www.ecoparti.com/wedding.html</a><br><br><a href="http://debraslist.com/list.php?topic=Wedding" target="_blank">http://debraslist.com/list.php?topic=Wedding</a><br><br><a href="http://www.greeneleganceweddings.com/apparel.htm" target="_blank">http://www.greeneleganceweddings.com/apparel.htm</a>
 

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for the food, with a buffet you could have fruit and veggie platters, also you could go to a bakery and get a bunch of different kinds of breads (just check the ingredients) salads with a bunch of different things to put in them.<br><br>
my sister is really animal friendly (not strictly vegetarian but pretty close) and that is what she served at her wedding, and my dad is a diabetic, so i guess it all worked out.
 

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Congrats on your upcoming wedding, and yay for planning on making it vegan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
As for the food, well you could do a lot of things. You could mingle some ethnic choices (hummus, tabouleh, falafel, channa massala, etc) with some more traditional choices (veggie chili - with or without some kind of fake meat or TVP in it, pastas with marinara sauce, etc). Keep in mind that vegan food is great for diabetics! (Well unless it is loaded with sugars <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">)<br><br><br><br>
I don't know if you have access to someone who will bake you a vegan cake, or if you are going to do it yourself, or whatnot. But ever since I picked up "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World" I've been pretty determined to have a wide assortment of vegan cupcakes at my wedding (assuming I ever get married). If you or someone in your family is creative and could decorate them, they would look great! They may be a little too labor intensive to make yourself though, depending on how many people you are having at the wedding.<br><br><br><br>
As for dresses, you could always find a pattern you like, buy your own material, and have someone make the dress for you. People who tend to do these things in their own homes tend to not charge a lot for the service, and it can be much cheaper to have a dress made than buy one pre-made (and then pay for adjustments). As an example of this, my sister was shopping for a wedding dress in Montreal and they wanted $200 <i>just for the adjustments</i> (at the store it was being sold in). A lot of seamstresses wouldn't charge much more than that (if even that much) to make a dress, provided you gave them all the materials.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm not sure about the food, but here are some links for dresses and other wedding items that may be of help:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.getconscious.com/" target="_blank">http://www.getconscious.com/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.threadheadcreations.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=bridal" target="_blank">http://www.threadheadcreations.com/M...ry_Code=bridal</a><br><br><a href="http://www.rawganique.com/WSD1.htm" target="_blank">http://www.rawganique.com/WSD1.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.rawganique.com/organic-hemp-wedding-clothes.htm" target="_blank">http://www.rawganique.com/organic-he...ng-clothes.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ecoparti.com/wedding.html" target="_blank">http://www.ecoparti.com/wedding.html</a><br><br><a href="http://debraslist.com/list.php?topic=Wedding" target="_blank">http://debraslist.com/list.php?topic=Wedding</a><br><br><a href="http://www.greeneleganceweddings.com/apparel.htm" target="_blank">http://www.greeneleganceweddings.com/apparel.htm</a></div>
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I would definately check out the rawganique site. They recently introduced a line of wedding apparel. Although several of the dresses have silk in them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> You might want to email them about that aspect.
 

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As for your diabetic family members eating vegan, I think you will find these articles rather helpful:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/26/health/webmd/main1837927.shtml?source=RSS&attr=HOME_1837927" target="_blank">Vegan Diet May Treat Diabetes</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.vrg.org/catalog/vegandiabetes.htm" target="_blank">Vegan Menu for People With Diabetes</a>
 

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You could do tapas or a Mediterreanean theme - we had a huge Med. spread at our New Year's party - over 20 items, and nobody even noticed it was vegan (except the vegans)!
 

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How exciting! I don't really have any advice for you, but have fun and good luck with everything! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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