Post # 1
I have a caterer booked and pretty much he can do whatever we want. I had been looking at doing something basic like baked chicken, some kind of beef with a potato and veggie and salad and bread for dinner. I have been thinking how awesome doing BBQ food would be instead for my October 1 wedding. My idea would be pulled pork, beef brisket or bbq chicken with mac and cheese, green beans and cole slaw. The only thing is that I am afraid it would be too messy or that people would think it not right for a wedding. I know, it should be what FI and I want, but I might have to beg him to do it as well.
Any bees out there who did BBQ for the dinner at your wedding? how did it turn out?
Post # 3
No i haven’t, but i would have loved it as a guest! I say go for it, i recently went to a wedding where they had a pizza buffet of freshly cooked stonebaked pizzas and it was amazing to have food we liked rather than fancy food for once 🙂
Post # 4
@calico61979: Can’t say I’ve done it yet, but we’re planning on a BBQ menu, so obviously I think it’s a great idea! We’re doing a lunch reception and outdoors, so it’s a little more casual anyway. I think as long as it fits the location, it’s all good.
Post # 5
I definately think its a great idea, and if its what you want, go for it… but make sure your venue suits the casual nature of a bbq…. and figure out what you are going to eat- BBQ sauce on your dress could get you in a bad mood really quickly.
Post # 6
I’ll add that our menu is not particularly “saucy”–we’re doing tri-tip with a dry rub, and a grilled chicken with a fruit salsa, and then various salads and veggie and potato sides. So not traditional BBQ, more BBQ-inspired. We did take the “sauce on dress” scenario into account after my mother drilled it into my head when I raised the idea of taco truck. (The caterer has mentioned the possibility of macaroni and cheese shooters for an appetizer, though!)
Post # 7
We’re doing it, and we had it at my friend’s wedding. It wasn’t fancy, but it was laid back, fun and delicious, and that’s what we’re going for. And bbq is often served in mass quantities so I don’t have to worry about the quality going down when serving a bunch of people.
Post # 8
I think it depends how formal your wedding is. I would have trouble eating BBQ in a black tie dress b/c I’d be scared of a mess, but if it’s less formal I would love it. My brother recently went to a wedding that had BBQ and he raved about it.
Post # 9
@calico61979: We are also doing a BBQ reception this October at our farm wedding. Our parents were worried about the messiness of the food. Here’s our solution:
We are having pulled pork & chicken for our guests to choose from. Then we will have several options for guests to choose from for sauces [i.e. spicy, sweet, honey, etc…] so they can decide just what flavor they want and how messy they want to get with it.
Hope that helps!!
Post # 10
That sounds fabulous!!! I’d love a bbq reception!
Post # 11
Go for it. To cover Artbee’s point, maybe find a way of letting your guests know it’s a less formal affair. We had very simple food – once it’s tasty and there’s plenty of it, you can’t really go wrong.
Post # 12
We’re having bbq beef brisket! It was actually a very inexpensive option for our DIY food!
Post # 13
I SO wanted to have a BBQ for our outdoor wedding reception. It’s being held in my parents’ backyard and would have matched our casual, fun theme perfectly. But FI was very against it saying that it wasn’t formal enough. Boys….what do they know??
So we compromised by having the BBQ for our rehearsal dinner. But I’m still totally team BBQ wedding! Go for it!
Post # 14
I did it!! Just last week and it was awesome! Everyone loved it. We had jerk salmon w mango salsa and pulled pork sandwiches (to cut down on the messy factor) with cornbread, mac n cheese, slaw, black bean/corn salad. It’s perfect for a buffet and people didn’t get messy. It is a little more casual, but between our locale and decor we had a classy spring picnic thing going. Go for it, you won’t regret it!!
Post # 15
At my nephews wedding, the guests were given two options-which where the bride and grooms favorite meals, one was 1/2 rack BBQ ribs, baked potato corn on the cob and the other option was sliced turkey, stuffing, mashed potatos/gravy and cranberries. The guests did ribs 2-1 to the turkey dinner. The hotel did a fantastic job and even though it was a evening, formal-ish wedding, everyone loved those ribs. We have pics of people in tuxedos and formal gowns happilly gnawing on rib bones.
Post # 16
@calico61979: I’ve got a friend having a pretty fancy wedding, but it is outdoors and they are doing BBQ as well. Only they’re taking it one more step and having the actual pig on a spit.
For ours, I wanted Southern food. Ours is fancy as well, I just had the caterer ‘fancy up’ the options, ie baked mac and cheese, instead of regular, mashed potato bar etc. I doubt that would be hard for your caterer to do. Also, if you’re wanting to keep it more fancy, don’t do anything people have to eat with their hands ie pulled pork on a plate, instead of a sandwich.
It’s a great option because it’s easy to do, and everyone loves it!!