(Closed) BBQ at wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2168 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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brikachu :  We’re having this later in the evening at ours ๐Ÿ™‚ if it reflects you I don’t see the problem ๐Ÿ™‚

Ours will follow a “fancy” meal though, as we have day guests and evening guests in the UK who both get fed 


Post # 4
9985 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think it’s necessarily bad, I just think it can get quite messy, and when I’m dressed up for a wedding, I’m not inclined to eat really messy food. 

Post # 5
1898 posts
Buzzing bee

Lots of bees have done bbq weddings, so if you search for it, you will find a lot of threads with good advice. Normally the feedback is very positive, so long as it’s clear to your guests that it’s a casual wedding. i.e.- guests arent showing up in black tie apparel and eating ribs. I’d opt for foods that can be eaten with utensils versus ribs or corn on the cob. A) no one looks attractive eating a rib B) it gets stuck in your teeth C) it messes up your make up D) rib bones and eaten corn on the cob look kinda gross on plates. Something like pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken is easier to eat with a knife and fork. 

Suggestions have also included having a variety of meats (chicken and pork, chicken and beef, etc) some sides including a veggie, lots of napkins and wetwipes for sticky fingers.

Post # 6
3527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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brikachu :  Hi!! I WOULD LOVE IT! And that is exactly what we are having. Our wedding is at a cottage property on a lake, in June so BBQ is very fitting lol. We will have choice of Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken Breast and Beef Brisket, all available on a bun or no bun. The sides will be Coleslaw, Greek Salad, Creamy Potato Salad. We will have a white & red wine, assorted beer, water and assorted pop. ๐Ÿ˜Š

ETA: Yes we will also have a few veggie burgers available.

ETA2: We tried staying away from corn on the cob, ribs and wings for the sake of keeping it less messy for everyone. 

Post # 7
2979 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I would avoid any ‘hand food’ – so no ribs, no corn on the cob (put cut corn is fine).

Other than that, I love bbq. It can still be a messy food, but if you can eat it with a knife and fork, its going to be a lot LESS messy lol.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

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brikachu :ย  Assuming it wasn’t a super formal wedding, I would like it!ย  Like you said, so much wedding food is always “overdone” and in my opinion, bland tasting.ย  It would be fun to switch it up with some flavor!

Post # 9
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

You are brave to eat BBQ in a wedding dress!!! Also if there are any kids that could get messy real quick! But we love BBQ so I’d be ok with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
4556 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Where I live, I’ve never been to a super fancy/black tie wedding..and most of them have BBQ and I always enjoy it. I’m usually just in a comfy summer dress and not super dressed up so I don’t mind BBQ.

Post # 11
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

YES! I attended a wedding with BBQ served at the reception.  It was some of the best wedding food I’ve had.

Post # 12
212 posts
Helper bee

I’m always down for a BBQ wedding! Our friends did theirs this way (ribs, mac and cheese, tater salad, corn, etc). It was awesome! It can get messy, BUT, have a tub of a zillion wetnaps in a bucket by the plates/silverware and you should be fine ๐Ÿ™‚

Comfort/delicious food trumps fancy boring food in my opinion. Our venue was fancy, and also did the catering, but they had several ‘menu’ options. We went with the one closest to BBQ, and while it wasn’t the simple, comfort food you think of, it was still delicious. Still a bit fancy for my taste haha. I like knowing what I’m eating, instead of guessing what this or that MIGHT be haha

Post # 13
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had a local BBQ restaurant cater our wedding a few years ago and it was awesome! We opted for more utensil-friendly meats (like chicken breast and pulled pork) and sides versus finger foods like ribs or corn on the cob. 

Doooooooo iiiiiiittttt! 

Post # 14
859 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m having BBQ! I totally agree with avoiding foods you have to eat with your hands, like ribs or corn on the cob. But aside from that, I think it’ll be a hit. I’m sure some people have negative opinions, but I’ve personally never heard anyone complain about BBQ at a wedding.

My wedding is actually more formal, but when I told people we were having BBQ anyway (because why not?) people cheered and literally high-fived. 

Post # 15
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Combermere Abbey

I’m having a pre-wedding BBQ at the cottages at my venue. I think your idea is fab. I would love to be invited to a wedding like this and wouldn’t care for messing with my hands! Just let your guests know ahead of time and you are good to go! 

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