Post # 1
Lets start out by saying my wedding is completely DIY and very budget friendly becasue My Fiance and I are paying for almost everything ourselves. My mom graciously offered to pay and cook the food along with other family members and a few friends. I really didnt care too much on what we were having so she decided on BBQ pulled pork, chicken, and beef in crockpots with rolls and pasta salad, potato salad, and other sides and during “cocktail hour” we will be having fruit and veggie trays and chips and dip with water, punch, tea, and lemonade (Dry Wedding, were nazarene)
This was all a great idea until my friend who’s getting married TOMORROW decided to change their menu at the last minute and serve everything we were planning to except they are just doing BBQ pork. Our wedding’s are 3 weeks apart and a ton of people from our church are invited to both so now I dont know what to do
Do I change our menu or decide on something else? Do you guys have an ideas on what’s easy to prepare for 175 people?
Post # 3
Keep your original menu. It’ll be a huge stress on your mom and friends to change it now. As long as the food taste good, that’s what will stick out to people, not on who served it 3 weeks ago.
Post # 4
Either keep what you have or switch to a pasta bar. Both are easy. But really, it’s free food so no one ought to be complaining! 🙂
Post # 5
@FutureMrsBol: I think you and your Mom should make this decision together. She may very well have already put in a lot of time and effort planning the recipes, making grocery shopping lists etc for your current menu.
Frankly, I would stick with your original menu. There is only one overlapping dish on the menu.
If you really feel the need to be different, you could do a pasta dish. There are lots of great crockpot pasta recipes.
Post # 6
@julies1949 Oh my Mom is the one who suggested we change the menu. Guess I left that part out. I just wanted to get more ideas for us to discuss.
Honestly I would be happy if we grilled hamburgers and chicken but she doesnt want to do that. She suggested serving lunchmeat sandwhiches but everyone in our family has done that
@CoffeeBeanKate I was also thinking a pasta bar would be fun!
Post # 7
Honestly, I wouldn’t change the menu!
Post # 8
@FutureMrsBol: Are you serving all of your meats “bbq” style? If so, and your friend is serving the same, what if you kept the meats, but changed up their sauces? The pork could be made with a vinegar based bbq sauce (not tomato), the chicken could be seasoned for chicken tacos, and the beef could be made into a shredded pot roast sandwhich. Just my idea…
Post # 9
@VossinatorsButterfly: i like that idea.
@FutureMrsBol: you can do a dry rub pulled pork (it’s how i do it) and then offer your guests the option of buns and bbq sauce or in a tortilla (soft taco) with the salsa and sourcream. the chicken and beef can be done differently too.
a pasta option would be great too. in fact if your beef option was large meatballs, your guests could put them on their pasta or put them on one of the buns for a meatball sandwich.
i like versatility.
oh, the options are endless.
i think you should do whatever your mother feels most comfortable doing, and of course what is the easiest for her. you want her to enjoy your wedding too.
Post # 10
Hey if you’re having more options, everyone will compare but then decide that yours had more! If you’re really worried, do the pork just in a different sauce. Maybe an Italian BBQ pork roast? Like a tomato sauce with Italian flavors? It could go well with your pasta salad.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
How about tacos with shells/tortillas and fixings? You can still do it in the crock pot and have the whole assembly line thing going on. You could do a spicy pork, a salsa verde chicken, and a braised beef.