Post # 1
So my fiance and I are planning the most casual garden party/backyard wedding. It will be super intimate with a guest list of about 40.
We’re considering doing a BBQ (it will be at my fiance’s parents home, and they have a huge deck, really nice barbecue). My worries are: having to have someone “man” the grill, do people like bbq at weddings? is it a little messy?
Or were considering having it catered which would be nice as it would be more or less mess free and have no preparation time. My worries are: maybe higher cost? would take away from the fun backyard feel of it?
Did any of you have a backyard wedding or have you attended one? Food ideas?? 🙂
Post # 2
For a wedding I would always go with catered over doing anything yourself. Because it takes away stress. I think any extra cost would be worth it and no I don’t think it takes away the fun. If anything it means ALL your guests get to have fun rather than someone having to help with food.
Post # 3
Honestly, good bbq barely costs more to cater than it does to make it all yourself. We considered doing our own catering but after pricing the meat, sides, equipment to keep everything warm, etc. it totaled out to only be about $200 cheaper than a local caterer. Bbq can be messy but providing proper silverware, plates, and adequate table space should help with that. We live in a very rural area so I’m sure this isn’t the norm but we are getting marinated chicken breast from a local meat locker (my favorite meal like ever lol), pulled bbq pork, fresh garden green beans, homemade potato salad, and baked mac and cheese for $10.50 pp.
Post # 4
I would price local BBQ places who might be able to cater it and also local texmex places because I love a taco bar lol.
It’s up to you how elaborate your wedding food is. For dessert, I would order a custom cake from the grocery store. You can do different toppings and fillings.
I’d try not to let the plans get too crazy. I hosted my engagement party as a BBQ at my place for 50 and it wasn’t too difficult, especially with more than one conversation area and background music. We didn’t need any games or activities. We listened to music and talked for a few hours and it was a lot of fun.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Honestly, I’d get a caterer. That way you don’t have to ask friends or family to work during your wedding, you won’t have to worry about whether everyone has enough food, is it at safe temperatures, do you have enough plates and so on and so on. But BBQ at a backyard wedding sounds awesome to me as a general idea 🙂
Post # 6
We are doing a casual backyard wedding and have been very torn over how to approach the food part of it. We’ve researched every catering option and everything is just so darn expensive it felt like a betrayal of our original laid back, budget wedding vision. I have always been on board with the bbq idea but our hang up was also figuring out who would “man the grill”, as I feel strongly that no guests should have a job.
Well last week we were walking around our local flea market and stopped by our usual hot dog guy for lunch. I asked him if he’s ever done an event and explained our wedding details. He said he’s done a backyard party once before and it was great, he charged the lady for the cost of the food of course and then $12 per hour! He doesn’t charge per head like every caterer I’ve ever met. We only need him for like 5 hours, if that. My fiance is inisiting that we have to pay him more than he’s asking because it’s just TOO good of a deal. Just ask around a little and you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
Post # 7
Definitely cater in. You can even do BBQ. Yes, 40 is small wedding-wise, but big backyard party-wise and making someine “work” your party isn’t fun or fair and a nightmare to coordinate enough food being done at the same time for 40 people. Every backyard party I’ve been to has been a stream people eating at different times depending on what is ready when, and that is usually only for 20 people or less. Unless by BBQ you mean smoking one large hunk of meat starting the day before rather than “grilling” which is what I think most people mean in this kind of scenario.
If you can’t find an affordable bbq joint to cater, then my next suggestion would be get catering from a grocery store deli or sub platters from somewhere.
Post # 8
We’re also going to be doing a backyard wedding with BBQ and having it catered. It’ll cost about $350 for fried chicken, pulled pork, three sides (6 because we’re basically buying two of their ‘packages’ that come with 3 sides) and drinks. I would definitely look into it being catered; you might be surprised!