Natalie Portman's 'Weird' Wedding Food Is a Lesson to Other Brides

benjamin millipied natalie portmanBy now, you've probably heard that everyone's favorite Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Natalie Portman, finally became Mrs. Benjamin Millipied in a small, private Jewish ceremony this past weekend. The Big Sur "I do"s sound like they were an absolute dream come true for the couple, complete with lovely traditions, like the nuptials taking place under a rustic chuppah, the smashing of the glass ("Mazel tov!"), and a 20-minute hora dance. At the same time, the bride and groom chose to skip certain traditional wedding foods ...

Whereas many couples feed their guests a main course of chicken, fish, or beef, Natalie and Ben kept their wedding meal strictly vegan. They also decided to pass on a wedding cake altogether -- serving French macarons instead!

Curiously, macarons are usually made with egg whites, so perhaps they know a baker who has a vegan trick up her sleeve? Or maybe the macarons were an exception to the vegan rule ... Either way, though, I say good for Natalie! It sounds like the food -- and in turn, vibe of the wedding -- very much reflected the couple's cultures and lifestyle. As it should.

That's one thing I've been trying very hard to be sure my fiance and I have woven throughout our own special day, and it isn't easy when you're also trying to think about what kind of food your guests are going to enjoy. We initially talked about having various "action stations," perhaps one or two reflective of our hometowns (Chicago and New Jersey), but in the end, we decided to opt for something more accessible and classic -- prime rib, fish, or pasta. It'll be lovely, but I'm not sure how much it speaks to who we are. Then again, I guess we can express that in other ways throughout the party.

Lucky for Natalie and Ben, I'm sure those in attendance were more than happy to eschew meat for the night, but not sure a vegan wedding would fly with all families. The absence of the cake alone might have some old-school guests looking like Munch's "The Scream." But you know, really, too damn bad. On your wedding day, you should feel free to make whatever statement you like with the food, drinks, and dessert you're serving. Whether that's let them eat cake ... or let them eat vegan macarons!

Did/will the food at your wedding reflect your culture, tastes, and lifestyle?


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Elyss... Elyssa414

A the food at our wedding was organic and vegetarian or vegan, and we had a (delicious!) vegan coconut raspberry wedding cake! :)

lizzig lizzig

we got married at the courthouse & my family threw us an imprompto recepetion when we went to visit them a few months later.  nothing fancy, family & friend gathering at my parents house with family & friends making food so it was like a potluck.  we talk about renewing our vows one day & having a more traditional ceremony.  if we do then the food will definately reflect our cultures & lifestyles.  mexican for him & vegetarian for me.

Tripl... TripleC14

"Too damn bad" isn't really what a host should be saying/thinking. Actually, the polite thing to do when hosting an event is to ensure the comfort of your guests. So while it's important to have elements of your wedding reflect the couple's personalities (and we did that with some of the food but mostly decor and ceremony elements) it's also important to make sure you don't do that at the expense of your guests' happiness/pleasure.

Heather Duso Johnson

I went to a vegan wedding about 10 years ago.  I remember eating a lot of hummus and pita chips and not much else as there were veggies I didn't like in most of the dishes.  

nonmember avatar ruthless1

Well said, Triple c14! I am all for making the reception personal, but it is not a time to "teach a lesson" or make your guests uncomfortable. A good hostess tries to have an event that everyone ( not just the bride and groom) will enjoy.

Shandi80 Shandi80

You can mix ground flax seeds with water and let them sit for a few minutes and voila, egg substitute.

nonmember avatar Anon

She's not subjecting them to torture, just vegetables! People aren't vegans just for fun. That's a strong belief backed by a huge lifetime commitment, so why should she have to throw away her values to please meat eaters for a couple hours? and come on - do you really think a couple that rich would be serving inedible garbage?

My husband loves meat and I do not. But you know what, if I'm the one who made dinner he doesn't give a crap what's in there as long as it tastes good.

cmjaz cmjaz

I think that's fine as long as you give notice to the guests so they can eat before

Nicol... NicoleMarie1211

That sounds awesome! No one needs to be warned to what they're being "subjected" to. The "problem" with vegan food is that it can be tougher to prepare, not to enjoy.

nonmember avatar zizzler

If it were me I'd worry that I'd have unhappy guests and a lot of wasted food, but maybe that's fine if you have lots of money or if your friends are expecting it anyhow (maybe lots of her friends are vegan?) I'd rather be a host that pleases, but I can understand that she wouldn't want to compromise her food morals

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