Renting a cottage and handling our own BBQ?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it’s a great idea and I would love to attend a wedding like this. barbecues are rarely stressful, so why would it be stressful on a wedding day? if i were you, though, i’d hire someone to manage the grill

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

@gracetravel:  agree with pp – hire someone to serve and or cook on the actual day, that way you can enjoy the party.  You don’t want to stress so if you want to do all the prep just try to get it done early or know who you can reliably delegate to within the friends/family ranks.  To eacy their own, but I think this sounds like a wonderful event, and more my style than something more formal.

 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That’s actually what I’m doing for my wedding, which is coming up in just over three weeks!  However, we have a small guest list, only 24 people.  We’re having a morning ceremony and lunch reception at our venue and then we’re all going back to the cottage and my husband to be and I are going to BBQ up dinner.  We plan on having everything prepped beforehand and since it’s all immediate family and close friends I’m sure people will help out as needed.  We want it to be super casual and fun.  It’s also my parent’s cottage so we’ve entertained there before and are familiar with the place.

If you have a lot of people coming I would definitely get some help or you could also look at outside catering.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@gracetravel:  How many people do you expect to be at the cottage at any one time?  A lot of places have limits to how many people are allowed to be at the rental property at any time.  If that is not an issue, the only other advice I have is that instead of doing a barbeque to have mini sandwiches catered from local shops — wayyyyy easier.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@gracetravel:  For our rehearsal dinner we had two local sandwich shops “cater” it — which really means they put together sandwich trays for us.  We fed 70 people and it was awesome!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@gracetravel:   I would only do it for a smaller guest list. You could do a mix of bought and homemade dishes. Some places around her offer large platters of pulled pork or casseroles for cheap. Maybe choose either the main or side dishes to make yourself, then buy the other? You could also bake your own desserts- a lot of them can sit (covered) for two or three days, so they are easily made and stored in advance.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We’re doing it but we’re renting a beach house big enough for our handful of guests from the UK to stay with us.

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