(Closed) Cajun Broil

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Could you maybe explain a little bit more about what exactly a cajun broil is?  Are you talking like a shrimp and crawfish boil?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m assuming you are talking about a Low Country Boil. We had thought about doing one at our lunch reception also, but decided against it simply because it can be hard to pull off with 180 people. Are you planning on having a caterer do this? – there are quite a few around here (the South) that specialize in this. How many guests do you have? If I were you, and if there were a bunch of guest tables, I would just have specific table (like buffet tables) reserved to pour the contents onto. Then guests could walk through and grab what they wanted. Be prepared if guests have never had a low country boil, though- some might be horrified that you are pouring food out onto newspaper (half the fun!).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Are you going to be wearing a white/ivory gown? It’s going to be really hard to keep yourself clean eating with your hands. I agree that this kind of thing isn’t for everybody {children and older guests since it’s pretty spicy}, but they are fun for the right kind of crowd. We had one this summer in fact. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re doing exactly that for our rehearsal dinner.  We were going to do it for the reception, but vetoed it for exactly the reason KateMW mentions–it’s messy, even if you’re careful.  However, we went to a wedding last summer that had a crawfish/shrimp boil, and they had it set up a little differently, and it worked wonderfully.  instead of just pouring the food all over the top of the table, they had big metal…bins?  I call them wash tubs, but not everyone speaks south Alabama southern!  Anyway, the food was drained and dumped into the bins, which were in the center of the buffett line–they had a ton of other food in addition to the boil (which also was faily mild in spices), and it was every bit as pretty as any other wedding I’ve been to.  On each table were several buckets in their colors for the shrimp and crawfish shells. They also had baskets of hand wipes on each table. I can’t do it justice, but it totally worked. 

If you’re comfortable with the mess, go for it!  Just make sure that you have a couple of options for those that either don’t eat seafood or can’t because of allergies–if someone’s allergic to shellfish, they can’t even eat the corn that was boiled with it!  

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

If you can get a company to do it and portion it out and clean it up during the party, I’d say it would be great. Doing it inside may be a challenge. I used to do some event planning in New Orleans and Crawfish Boils were a common request. My only complaint about doing them is they are EXTREMELY messy. The clean-up alone was always a bear and every time we did them, the park that we used would charge extra for the cleanup.

If you do decide to do it, I would encourage having a very casual dress for the wedding because no matter what happens, it is a messy endeavor. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

OMG, can I come?!?  It sounds awesome, I would love to do something like that!  And I’d love to have it at a wedding – just provide me with a cute bib so I don’t spill anything on my dress!

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