bbq fun for your wedding….

17th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

A casual wedding is not necessarily a country bumpkin affair. In fact, more and more couples are choosing to say ‘I do’ and celebrate their marriage in a more casual, laid-back atmosphere. After all the stress of getting things planned and preparing to live as husband and wife, they want the day to be relaxing and enjoyable.

This air of relaxation is evident in the reception details, too…food included.

Couples want to give their family and friends a meal to enjoy and that often means BBQ. BBQ served at a wedding reception is done more than one might think. The question is, are there wedding themes that lend themselves to doing so and others that don’t? The answer: yes. Weddings with a country or rustic theme often serve some form of BBQ at their reception. It just ‘fits’. Small, informal weddings often do the same. On the other hand, formal weddings, beach-themed weddings and weddings held in more formal or higher-end venues should not.

When serving BBQ at your wedding reception, you have several options in regards to the main dish or meat:

  1. Pulled pork sandwiches
  2. BBQ chicken (make sure it is already cut into portions)
  3. Burnt ends (pieces of meat cut and smoked from the point end of a brisket)
  4. BBQ brisket

Side dish options:

  1. Potato salad or scalloped potatoes
  2. Slaw
  3. Tossed salad
  4. Green beans or corn
  5. Fruit salad
  6. Fire roasted vegetables
  7. Chilled pasta salads
  8. Mac and cheese
  9. Corn bread

When determining what side dishes to serve with your BBQ at the reception, consider whether or not the reception will be held indoors or out. If being held outdoors, be sure the caterer is well-equipped with the capability to keep foods properly cooled. You don’t want to be remembered as the bride who gave all the guests food poisoning. To quench your guests’ thirst have on offer sweet tea and lemonade and make sure there is pleanty of ice!


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