I am having an outdoor wedding in June and my Fiance wants a pig roast, I personally don't eat pig but I want him to have what makes him happy. Is a pig roast too casual? Can you make a pig roast not as casual? We want to do BBQ pork and chicken from the roast caterer and then get a vegetarian friendly entree and other sides and apps done by a different caterer. What kind of sides that would go with the roast but still be classy?? Thanks Hive!! =)
Sorry, but I cannot see how you can make a pig roast 'classy'.
Is your wedding being catered? If it is, can't the actual pig roast be cooked out of sight and the meat then served however your having it (buffet or plated) as that would be much 'classier' then having an entire pig cooking in your reception space, IMJO.
If you don't eat pig, you shouldn't have a pig roast at your WEDDING. I hate pork. If my fiance suggested this, I would say, "That's a really great idea, but since I don't like pork, I don't want to have a pig roast at our wedding. Can we think of other foods that we both like?"
I love the idea of a pig roast reception but i would do it more as a casual thing!
Why not do kabobs instead ? You can do lamb, chicken, and veggie to accomodate all peoples tastes/diets.
@peachacid: I kind of disagree. This is clearly something the groom wants and is enthused about. I'm sure most grooms aren't into hot pink and bling, but how many weddings have we seen like that on the Bee? I think it's refreshing to see the bride actually give a hoot about what the groom wants on his wedding day.
Now, I dunno if I'd say you could have a classy one, but you could certainly have a fun one! I'm a little biased because we're serving barbeque at our reception, but your wedding should be about things that make the bride AND the groom happy.
I have attended a wedding with a pig roast and it was definitely pretty casual. Outdoors, in a tent, friend as a DJ, etc. But it was the most fun wedding I've ever attended. It wasn't a spectacle. It wasn't about trying to impress anyone. It was about celebrating the joy and love of two of the most genuine and wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Realy, it's up to you what your wedding vision is. But don't buy into all that hooey about how it's YOUR day. There are two people getting married and it is really awesome that you're taking his wants into consideration.
I think a pig roast would be fabulous for a beach wedding! What/where are you having your reception? Is it on a beach? In a park? In a backyard? This might play a small part into how it would look. I think a pig roast would work nicely into a lower budget/casual wedding, where as a pig roast at a nice fancy hotel might not!
Kudos to you for trying to find a compromise for your fiance!
Whoops, double post, sorry!
As a vegetarian I wouldn't find it very appealing and would probably leave. Meat served up on a plate is a lot easier to handle than seeing an actual whole animal being cooked. Besides of all the meats pork to me smells the worst when cooking.
But it is your FI and your wedding so you get to decide on the menu so if you think most of your guests would enjoy it then do as you please.
Can the Pig be roasted in advanced and then "plated" on a table wiht the apple in the mouth? In Portuguese weddings its very traditional to find a whole roast pig, but you don't nessesarily roast it during the wedding. If you did that it probably would make it easier to agree to and up-class the wedding a bit. :)
One of my favorite weddings I've ever been to did a pig roast... it was a little more laid back, but it was the best food ever! I will say it was a little weird to see the whole body there, behind the buffet table, but for roast itself lent such a happy, laid-back vibe and it was some of my favorite wedding food ever (with mac 'n cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, etc.). I think it's great your fiance is pushing for it... so many either don't care or just agree with whatever you sugesst.
@NikkiChic: a lot of venues offer a roast pig as part of the cocktail hour in the carving station so I don't see how it wouldn't be nice. Have you googled images? I'm sure there are lots...
A bit of a story:
We are Puerto Rican, my clan is. We are big Pork Eaters in my fam. My brother (RIP 3 years ago tomorrow) had a whole Lechon (Roast Pig) at his wedding, which was the best party I've ever been to! I want one because they are Delicious and there is something so great about a whole Lechon, spinning, apple in the mouth. Mouth watering. Hypnotizing!
But....my FIs fam doesnt eat pork so my mom will make PerniI instead.
I love Pig!
My best friend is doing a pig roast for her wedding. Its very casual...in a barn, bluegrass band, wildflowers, that sort of thing. Its completely opposite to my black tie wedding but I think its very them and should be fun.
That sounds like my kind of reception! SO and I always talked about having a BBQ casual party type of reception. No DJ, music in the background, beer, caterer with BBQ dishes, paper plates and plastic silverware. We aren't into spending a ton of money for a fancy wedding. We are casual people and want it small and want to have fun. We actually don't want the party to end at a specific time from a vendor! We, and our friends, like to keep the party going all night long.
I say go for it!! It would be awesome and it sound like you have some great ideas going for yourself!
I love a pig roast, but for a wedding... no. I don't think there is any way to make a pig roast classy. I have been to a pig roast wedding, it was very casual, and IMO a little lot trashy. Maybe do your rehersal dinner, or some other event as a pig roast! FI and I were thinking a pig roast engagement party would be awesome!!
I would love this, it seems like it would be a lot more fun than the plated or buffet meals!
My fince would be thrilled if this was an option at our venue! If that's the one thing he wants, then I say do it. I have seen it several times on 4 weddings with mixed reviews, but those girls are usualy snobby-hahaha, your friends and family will likely be wow'd by it, it's different and unique and probably delicious.
just be sure to do a nice setup with like fancy fruit or something to make it look nice.
Oooh! You're local! Where are you getting married? If you can push him a little more toward barbeque, and away from just pig (especially if you don't eat pork) - have you ever been to Chester's Barbeque in Groton? It's about a half hour from Salem, but oh my goodness the food is worth it. (And they have all kinds of meat - chicken, beef, anything you can think of.) Heck, even if you don't go that way for the wedding, go there for lunch some day. it's so gooood!
Funny - I actually suggested having a wild boar roast at our reception to my FI awhile ago. We decided against it because we want to get all our food from one caterer to make things easier, and the caterers that do boar/pig roasts don't really offer much else. I think we're leaning towards a BBQ caterer that offers a more diverse selection, including plenty of vegetable selections as well. Both of us love pork, but we know that pork doesn't appeal to everyone (one of my friends is actually allergic).
Writing this post has somehow made me realize that we'll need to supply a lot of wet hand wipes if we're going to have a BBQ, lol.
The best wedding I have ever been to had a hog roast. It was amazing. There were dishes of sauces (apple) etc nearby, and it was fantastic food, and lots of fun. The hog was roasting in a seperate area to the rest of the other food, so people who didn't want any or were squicked out didn't have to see it. It was just like an extension to the buffet line.
ETA: Just want to say that I might be biased because I MUCH prefer when I can see food cooked, so I know that it's fresh. If a plate of meat is brought out, there's more chance it's been reheated or cooked the day before. Seeing things cooked in front of me makes me feel more comfortable about what I'm eating, and the cleanliness of the cooking area, knives etc
@Mischka: I think your response is rude. Most eastern European cultures have a full roast pig at any family gathering - and most are formal. We had a full pig at my formal wedding and it is customary. This was in addition to full cocktail hour.
By pig roast do you mean having it on the spit during the wedding? If so, I would not do that, I would have it prepared beforehand and just served at the wedding. Do you mean pig as one of the food choices or as the only choice? If it is the only choice I might not do it (not because it's not good) only because there are cultures and religions that do not eat pork.
@Fallicious1012: I'm sorry but I fail to see how my response was rude. The OP asked for an opinion and I gave her mine. As you can tell, I dislike the idea, which is why I said "Sorry, but I cannot see how you can make a pig roast 'classy'." I did not attack the OP, call her names or insult her. I simply answered her question.
My opinion, is that they are not classy. You don't have to agree with me, but that doesn't make my opinion, or the way I voiced it (typed it?) rude.
Also, you suggested "By pig roast do you mean having it on the spit during the wedding? If so, I would not do that, I would have it prepared beforehand and just served at the wedding" which is essentially what I suggested to the OP, so I really don't know why you're being rude.
I agree with PPs that if you do this, it might be better to get the pig roasted before starting the reception. I'm not a vegetarian, but pork is the one meat I feel worst about. Pigs are very intelligent animals and are some people's house pets. I would feel sad and uncomfortable seeing the whole animal be roasted.
We had bbq at our reception and people loved it. Seriously, everyone asked about the caterer and said it was the best food they'd ever had.
I don't think it's too casual at all. But if you don't like pork, make sure there is a second option. My mother in law is allergic to pork so we also served chicken (which was fantatstic).
@faeriehazel: If you supply utensils, you don't need to do wet naps or anything. It's just like any other food at a reception. Our mothers made jokes asking if we were supplying bibs. When my husband pointed out that his father spilled prime rib on himself at my sister in law's wedding, they stopped :)
We had a pig and lamb roasted at our engagement party on FI's parent's farm. It was awesome. If you get a nice day, everyone can sit outside and relax in the sun and its a really intimate vibe. This is an easy meal to serve buffet style of family style seated. Its a bit different that what people are used to, but its a spectacle in itself for lots of people. Just rent a tent and have an outdoor reception.
I don't think it sounds that suitable for a wedding, in my opinion. What about just serving plated meals?
Did you end up going with the pig roast? I just had a pig roasted wedding. It was exactly what we both wanted. It was so much fun and the display of the food was unbelievable. Everything was cooked outside on open fire. If you want to see pictures I will send them your way.
Good luck tomorrow!!!!
We are having a pig roast the day after the wedding. We are having a Friday evening wedding followed by a simple reception with light refreshments, cake, punch and coffee.
@NikkiChic: I went to a very fancy Belgian restaurant for their prix fixe Fete Nationale de Belge feast, and they had a boar roasting in the street in front of the restaurant. It can certainly be formal.
Ok I'm really not sure why everyone is saying that the sight of the pig roasting on a spit is less classy than having it roasted out of sight and plated before serving. Is it informal, then, to carve your Thanksgiving turkey at the table?
If there is space, and the overall feel of formality about the venue, the decorations, the food selections, and people's attire, this will absolutely not reduce the formality of the event. I think the problem is that no one can imagine a pig roast in any other context than a luau. You can definitely do this and have a formal event. Roasting the pig, and seeing it roasted, on a spit, in the traditional fashion, with the inherent attention to detail, and patience of that process, could arguably be more formal. It also doesn't make it a barbecue. By that logic, fancy dinners at steak houses are just barbecues.
Obviously it's not going to be the only main course choice, as the bride doesn't want to eat pork, so there are obviously going to be other dishes/food stations. I'm picturing a very formal garden party with the roast as part of it, and it seems quite formal, lovely, and tasteful in my head.
Class and formality do not have to go together. You can certainly have an informal event that has a great deal of class. You can also have a formal event that's classless.
@NikkiChic: This can be done formally, or informally, and either way it can be done with class. Go for it! People will be talking about how cool it was for years.
I wonder if the bride decided to go with this or not, since her wedding is tomorrrrrrow.
@peachacid: yeah I noticed that after ranting :P
@hyperJulie: omg that was the best reply ever. The wedding is for the groom too. Have a pig roast and a few other non pork options. Youll be happy you did.
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