Post # 1
Hi bees! I’ve been lurking for quite some time, but this is my first post. 🙂 With the wedding date a MERE 37 DAYS AWAY, I have to make a decision and quickly!
Backstory: We are having an outdoor, backyard BBQ reception. Ceremony and reception in the same place. Meal will be buffet-style.
With that said, we are certain about the pork BBQ; our friends have a smoker and have offered to smoke all of our meat! IT IS DELICIOUS, so we are super pumped about it. What I am having issue deciding is with the rest of the meal. Should we go heavy/country style: mac and cheese, collard greens, corn casserole (it’s like a cross bw corn bread/corn pudding.) Or keep it lighter with slaw, fruit tray/kebobs, greek/italian style pasta salad (NO MAYO), corn/blackbean salad etc. Lighter fare would need to have a little extra ‘somethin’ to differentiate it from your typical backyard bbq fare.
What would YOU rather eat at our wedding? Or do you have any other side dish ideas? HELP ME, BEES! and THANK YOU 🙂
Post # 3
Oooh! We are having a BBQ Catered wedding
– Pulled Pork BBQ
– Beef Brisket
– Smoked Boneless Chicken Thighs
– Hickory Smoked Baked Beans
– Mixed Fruit – which is AWESOME and SOO Fresh!!
*I think that’s all
They are providing rolls and stuff for the pulled pork sandwiches.
Post # 4
I really like the sound of your lighter fare menu! But I would add mac and cheese. Because everyone loves mac and cheese! Yum!
Post # 5
Current poll results evenly split! See my dilemma!? Haha. Thank you for your ideas @jmaze and @hot_sauce! (ok, obviously I do not know how to tag folks on the comments, as you can see I am following social media rules. haha). I personally love the southern food, but I’m concerned with ease of set-up (food requiring to be kept warm, etc.) And also, I don’t want folks to get so full and comfy that they wanna nap and are not interested in the dance floor! Future hubs is no help, his stock answer is “whatever you want, babe.” GRRR I WANT YOU TO MAKE ALL THE CHOICES! End rant. thanks. 🙂
Post # 6
I voted for the heavy southern deliciousness, but I’m biased because that’s the type of menu we want to have 🙂 It’s important to us to have food that we actually want to eat and not the typical chicken breast type meal (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Some good comfort food just sounds great to me. (And I was already hungry. This isn’t helping!)
Post # 7
@sherchristine: I agree that you should do the lighter fare, heavier food may make people tired and not want to dance. I love mac and cheese though and agree with pp that you should add that (Maybe in place of the pasta salad).
Post # 8
I went to a wedding that was “upscale” BBQ … grilled shrimp, steak, tilapia, skewers … everything was so so so so good !! Sides were a mix of grilled veggies and rice with a teriyaki sauce, mac n cheese and I forget what else. It was delicious !
Post # 9
We are having it catered, so our caterers are keeping everything warm and tended to.
Post # 10
We are doing the same thing!
I PERSONALLY like the southern style one better, but my caterer mentioned…..I have vegetarians coming. And I have weird friends. 😉 So I want to make sure there will be something for everyone. So I’m doing a little mix of both….I’m gonna have a salad and either veggie kabobs or a veggie lasagna on the side. And hopefully it won’t be TOO much of a gut bomb for everyone.
Post # 11
Can you mix the heavy with the lighter fare?
Post # 13
southern deliciousness! I’m drooling!!!
Post # 14
@sherchristine: I don’t like mac and cheese or casseroles but I realize some people do.
I would definitely have mashed potatoes and caesar salad, though. Yum! I know it’s not that exciting, but it is a crowd pleaser.
Love coleslaw. Will you be BBQing any veggies? That would be delicious. And do baked potatoes on the BBQ as well, and have a station where people can load them up with whatever they want (i.e. sour cream, chives, bacon bits etc.).
Post # 15
Love mac and cheese! Definitely for the southern sides!
Post # 16
Is there any way to incorporate both? I like mac & cheese and collared greens and they’re staples of a BBQ but I also would like fruit and a light slaw. If you don’t want to spend $$$, even just slices of cold watermelon would be nice.