When we started the wedding planning, one of the first things I told Ed was that I wanted to have a vegetarian wedding. Luckily, he knows me well enough to know how important this is to me and he agreed to do it.
But I’ve come to find out (through jokes like, “Vegetarian wedding? Then I’ll be hiding hamburgers in my purse for your wedding!”) that not everyone else understands why this is important to me.
So here is why:
The main reason I’m vegetarian is because of animal welfare. Sure, the fact that it’s healthier and better for the environment is great, but the reason I went veg, and will stay veg, is the animals. When I think about what happens to those animals who are slaughtered, it makes my heart hurt.
Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. If I knew that my wedding was responsible for the painful deaths of hundreds of animals, it would make me feel AWFUL. Just the thought of us spending such a large amount of money on something so torturous makes me feel ill. I want it to be a joyous occasion for our guests and for ourselves. And I do not want my wedding to be the cause of horrific suffering. Plus, I think our wedding should reflect who we are, as a couple and as individuals, and vegetarianism is a big part of who I am.
It has absolutely NOTHING to do with me trying to force people to eat vegetarian. I’ve been asked why we can’t just have a vegetarian option available, but serve meat for those who want it. And this is why: Because seeing that many dead, abused animals at my own wedding would make me feel uncomfortable, guilty, sad. And I just don’t want feel like that at my own wedding.
(So don’t get all worked up about having to eat cheese enchiladas and black bean empanadas – oh the horror! – at our wedding.)