A friend of mine is getting married on the weekend, and I have an etiquette question for everyone. Is it ok to bring along some snacks in a bag in case I can’t eat what they’re serving?
Normally, I would assume I should bring whatever I can eat, but I spoke with the bride (I’m friends with the groom) about my food issues and she assured me that there would be options for me. It’s buffet-style, and I’m worried all I’ll be able to have is salad! Even if there is chicken /potatoes/rice/veggies there is usually a spice mixture on those.. which often seem to have gluten hiding in the ingredients, I’ve found. And if they can’t confirm it’s gluten free, I’m not going to eat it.
I was planning on just bringing some snacks and eating them at the table while dinner was happening, but when I mentioned that to my friends last night, it was met with mixed reactions. The groomsmen all said bring whatever you want to eat, but some of their girlfriends thought that was rude and I should just pick around what I can’t eat.
That made me a little worried. Is it ok to bring my own snacks? The wedding starts at 2:30 and then we’re going straight to dinner/reception, and we’ll probably be there until well past midnight. I could hide my snacks, but I really don’t feel like I should have to.
So is it ok to bring along something to eat, and eat it while others are having dinner? I'm not talking about a big elaborate meal - maybe some hummas (for the veggtables I know the wedding will serve), a gf bar, and possibly a bun/roll/muffin.