Post # 1
We’re having our wedding in December and trying to decide on catering. We’re having a somewhat formal evening wedding, my dress is pretty fancy and my bridesmaids will be in long dresses. We want to keep it Texas chic, my fiance is a boot-wearing proud Texan and I’m more of a “champagne and macarons” kind of girl…can we serve BBQ and still keep it elegant? My MOH thinks it’s too casual, like we could do it for the rehearsal, but not the wedding. The restaurant that we’d have cater is really popular here in Houston and we have guests coming from around the country/world so we want them to experience good Texas BBQ. Unfortuantely, we’d have to keep it a buffet, so a little less formal. We splurged on photography/dress so I feel like we need to keep our catering budget lower and at $12 a person, it’s hard to beat!
Also, here are some other touches we are thinking:
Can we get away with a BBQ/macaron kind of wedding? 🙂
Post # 3
I think you can! It’s your day, and your vision! It sounds like fun to me!
Post # 4
You can always do an elegant BBQ. Maybe a BBQ carving station and then serve sides family style at the table
Post # 5
You can probably make the macarons to look like little burgers! Although if you’re trying to keep your budget low, french macarons aren’t the way to go. They run around $1.50-$2 each in my area on the low end.
DH is from Houston so I love TX style BBQ and I agree, out of town guests need to experience it. I do think that it would be more fitting for the rehearsal dinner since I wouldnt’ want to eat bbq and the sauces while completely dressed up to attend a wedding.
Maybe little riblets or pulled pork sandwiches? Or brisket that’s already placed in little sandwiches? That way you can have the BBQ taste/feel without having people gnawing on big ol’ ribs with sauce dripping everyway – my fav way to eat bbq!!
Post # 6
It is pretty casual. Not that that is bad necessarily, if you are ok with that vibe. Also, make sure there are no vegetarians coming! Where I live BBQ weddings are pretty common, and I usually end up snacking on bread or something 🙁
also, I looooove those macaroons! Too cute.
Post # 7
First of all, Texas BBQ is delicious. Second of all, I don’t think I even need to say more. BBQ is delicious so how can that be bad?
Post # 8
I think you can do whatever you want. We did BBQ for our Tennessee wedding ( complete with Jack Daniels) and it went over well. Just make sure you include enough options for those who aren’t meat eaters or don’t like BBQ. In our case we had 4 different veggies ( well in the South, Mac n cheese is considered a veggie. Don’t ask me why!) and salads.
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I love the macaroons! As for the BBQ, I’d say if you were doing a plated dinner, I think it could work out and not be too casual. But in a buffet setting (which is inherently more casual), BBQ really doesn’t fit into a formal affair. Just my opinion though. Did you see that Texas episode of My Fair Wedding with David Tutera? It could give you some ideas!
Post # 10
BBQ is not too casual for weddings in general but it sounds like it may be too casual for your wedding, as it sounds like you’re planning a fairly formal affair. But I like the idea of doing it for the rehearsal dinner – that’s what we’re doing!
Post # 11
I don’t think it’s too casual for weddings in general, but it does sound too casual for your wedding. But, I personally say screw the rules! Do whatever you want.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House
I think that if you can embody the two of you by combining your tastes, do it! I love the idea (and secretly may be planning on doing the same thing).
Post # 13
I think that having BBQ and some more formal touches is the perfect way to show both of your personalities at the wedding. Weddings are all about 2 people becoming one family, so it fits to have two styles merging into one.
Post # 14
It’s your wedding day do what you want
Everyone seems to worry too much what other people think have what you want and enjoy
Love the macaroon ideas
Post # 15
We had a super formal wedding and did a BBQ buffet that turned out beautifully! I don’t have any great pics of the various stations, but I can show you the place settings and how we managed to make wet-naps elegant 🙂
You can KINDA see one of the stations off to the side here, but this pic shows you how formal the reception was.
Post # 16
Thank, ladies! I’ve found a couple of really classy/elegant weddings that had the same bbq:
I don’t know if I’m trying to justify it (does anyone else do this?), but I feel like if they can pull it off, so can we, but who know, maybe their friends thought it was tacky. I think I care too much about what people think! We’re also thinking about maybe having Tex-Mex for the rehearsal, but I don’t know if that’s too much regional fare! 🙂
Basically, I want to avoid rubber chicken and have something delicious, but it seems the only way we can keep our budget this low is if we have Italian, which my fiance does not like. I wouldn’t mind having a wintery, comfort-food menu, but again, haven’t found a caterer that is under $30 pp. It’s crazy how things start to add up!