Which decision a couple makes depends largely on their philosophy of weddings: Is it really all about you, or does the comfort of your guests come first?
The article concludes by quoting a guest so frustrated by the vegetarian-only options at a wedding he attended that he decided to sneak off and grab some meat to eat:
“I know it’s your day, but it’s not all about you,” he said. “Why have a wedding if you’re going to be like that? Just print a bumper sticker.”
Frankly, I am flabbergasted. I would like to see The Onion write a parody of this article entitled, "Should Non-Cannibalistic Couples Serve Human Flesh at Their Weddings?"
Serving only vegan or vegetarian food at a wedding does not make the wedding "all about you." On the contrary, it shows compassion for a greater range of sentient beings than the human guests at the wedding. Vegetarians should not have to violate their religious or ethical standards in order to purchase meat for the comfort of their guests. One would not expect an Orthodox Jewish couple to serve non-kosher food at their wedding, and the same standard ought to apply to a vegetarian couple.
Many people are, in fact, vegetarian for religious reasons. Hindus, Buddhists, and Seventh-Day Adventists, for example, typically adhere to vegetarian diets. For others, vegetarianism or veganism is an important part of a deeply-held set of core values including compassion, equal consideration of interests, and respect for all of the earth's creatures, not just the one species of great apes that we happen to belong to.
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This is not about self-righteousness or preachiness. It is not a "personal affront" to one's guests to serve them vegetarian food. It is nothing more than consistency, i.e., abiding by the same ethics on one's wedding day that one abides by every other day of one's life.
But if that disgruntled guest wants a bumper sticker, I believe this one is appropriate: "Humans are not the only species on Earth. We just act that way."