Barbecue Wedding Receptions

Serve up some fun with a barbecue wedding reception

If you are looking for a fun and memorable wedding reception idea, consider holding a special barbecue for your guests. This is a trend that is picking up steam and there has never been a better time to hold a barbecue wedding reception, complete with all the trimmings. Here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect party for your guests.

Barbecue Considerations

If you are planning on holding a barbecue wedding reception, there are a few things you need to know before you start thinking about the types of food you will serve. This type of reception will require some specific equipment, as well as someone well versed in the art of barbecuing for a large group of people. You will need to decide what type of grill to have -- either propane or charcoal -- or you may want to think about having a fire pit. Make sure that the person who will be in charge of the food is capable of keeping up with your guests while ensuring food safety.

The Main Entree

There are many different options when it comes to picking the main entree for your barbecue wedding reception. The usual thought that comes to mind would be steak, but there are actually many other exciting entrees that go far beyond this or improve on the idea. For example, Mexican skirt steak is an economical and fun option but this type of meat will need to be marinated beforehand.

Other options for your main entree include an entire grilled pig if you are going for that all-out approach, or even grilled prime rib if you want a more elegant take on a barbecue. It is a good idea to offer another alternative for your guests, such as grilled chicken, so that those who are trying to avoid red meat will have an option.

Although spare ribs are very messy, they are a popular favorite at barbecue wedding receptions. Just remember to supply your guests with more than enough napkins, or consider having special printed bibs made up for the occasion. Other options for a main course include pork tenderloin or even bratwursts and specialty sausages.

The Side Dishes

Selecting your side dishes for a barbecue wedding reception is actually quite easy. You can go with solid favorites such as potato salad and coleslaw, baked potatoes, grilled vegetables and tossed salad. If you will be having vegetarian guests, it is a good idea to provide them with more than enough side dishes that they can eat, or you may want to consider including the option of having grilled veggies burgers or barbecue tofu for them as well.

Keeping it Festive

Barbecue wedding receptions are festive, casual events and shouldn't be taken too seriously. Remember to have fun and don't worry about getting messy. That's all part of the barbecue experience. As a side note, you may also want to consider providing your guests with special pre-printed take-home containers to handle the extra food that is inevitable with this type of reception.

Written by: Cary Stuart