Post # 1
My fiancé and I are thinking about doing a BBQ catered “reception” after we get home from our destination wedding in Florida. The park we’re looking at has a huge pavilion and overlooks a lake but we were hoping a BBQ didn’t seem too lousy?
Neither one of us have awesome paying jobs and we wanna get a bang for our buck, plus the destination is gonna be costly. But I mean, we LOVE BBQ. We just don’t want the guests not to like it!
Good idea, bad idea?! HELP!!
Post # 3
@CWoehrmann14: There is nothing wrong with having a fun, casual reception. Have what you like and what you can afford and your guests will be happy too.
When you get to planning the details, do a search on Pavilions here on the Bee. There have been many previous posts.
Post # 4
Are the guests going to be local? If I was a guest and had to travel for both Id just pick one to come to. Otherwise it seems ok. I think as long as you make it feel alittle more wedding-y and not
another backyard bbq. I wouldnt mind. Make any sense?
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
That sounds awesome. I would way rather go to a nice park and eat BBQ in the sun than eat in some indoor hall thing. Who doesn’t like BBQ, really?!
Post # 6
Everybody will be local and we’ve already picked park!
Post # 7
BBQ rocks and I would be thrilled to be invited to a reception that was serving it. Have GOOD sturdy plates, lots of heavy duty napkins, and decent quality flatware and you will be fine.
Post # 8
Do it! I’m pretty much always looking for an excuse to attend a BBQ. I’d prefer if I could dress casually, but I’d slap on a sundress or something if it was a wedding reception.
Post # 9
@CWoehrmann14: Are the guests that are invited to the BBQ also invited to the destination wedding?
Because if they are not to me these things seem gift grabby. To me it is like being told you are not good enough to be invited to my actual wedding but come and give me a gift at my reception.
And before you say you don’t want gifts/don’t execpt gifts everyone knows that etiquette wise a guest should bring a gift and most will.
Post # 10
I think you should! What a great idea to have a casual fun party for those that couldn’t attend your DW. I Love BBQ!
Post # 11
I think a BBQ sounds great. We’re thinking of doing this in a few weeks for people who couldn’t make our wedding. My only criticism of BBQ is that sometimes there aren’t enough vegetarian/ healthy options like salads and quiches. So I’d bring lots of fruit and veg as well!
Post # 12
I think a BBQ is a great idea, but I may be partial…. 🙂
My hubby and I had a private elopement ceremony in late June and are having an intimate (30 closest friends and family) reception at a rented home on the Lake Michigan shoreline. There is a pool for kids to enjoy, and we will have catered in pulled pork, chicken, and all the fixin’s. It will be casual but wedding-esque…Table linens, wildflower bouquets, dessert table including a “cutting cake” and wedding favors for all the guests.
I think a BBQ is a casual and intimate way to celebrate with those near and dear, while still comfortable and with less fuss.
Post # 13
Thanks everybody. Someone mentioned gifts and I don’t care so much about the gifts honestly, I didn’t even think about that I just want family to be there to celebrate. Additionally neither one of our families have the money to travel with us because we have asked them to come and they just can’t afford it. Additionally, my father has cancer so he cannot travel long distances.
I was not planning on receiving anything, if they bring something they do and if they don’t oh well!