This is a guest post by Edel Flood.
It’s that time of the year again when wedding invites start to land on my doormat for spring ceremonies. With people’s budgets often restricted and the event becoming increasingly informal, I’ve noticed a lot more couples are choosing to have barbecues.
Whether it’s hiring a marquee and celebrating a wedding in a field or holding the reception in a relative’s garden, a growing number of my friends are selecting to have a relaxed get-together after exchanging their vows.
I think it’s a fantastic idea. After all, the cost of sitdown meals can quickly add up, and not everyone enjoys what’s put in front of them. Hire a chef to whip up a feast on a Weber BBQ, though, and your guests can choose from a wide selection of succulent meats and poultry, including beef and crackling pork joints. I should add that many wedding venues are cottoning on to this idea and offering hog roasts on their menus.
You can even cater for friends and relatives who are vegan or vegetarian with seafood or vegetable kebabs and meat-free sausages and burgers. Once you’ve paid a caterer for or bought your meat joints, you’ll find the rest of your wedding breakfast is relatively inexpensive. If you’re having an outdoors reception on private grounds, the chances are you won’t be tied to a particular catering company.
This is a bonus, as it means you can bring your own side dishes to go with the barbecued food, including salads, pastas, crisps and dips, rolls and quiches. If you’re hosting the party at your parents’ home, for example, you might even find they offer to do the buffet for you so you’ve got one less thing to worry about. Also think about all the money you can save by providing your own alcohol!
If you’d prefer not to let one person do all the work, my other top tip is to ask everyone to bring a side dish. I’ve seen this idea a couple of times on invites where a dessert table is going to replace the traditional wedding cake, and the bride and groom-to-be have asked me to bring a homemade pudding.
Since the people you’ll be inviting are your closest loved ones, I don’t think anyone will mind you asking for this help. Alternatively, if you both already live together and don’t need any gifts, you could even suggest the side dish as a wedding present – after all, it’ll save you dipping into your budget too much for food!
Sometimes, paying for the wedding breakfast and then food for the evening reception guests just isn’t viable. Another piece of advice I’ve got is to have a later ceremony, perhaps around 3pm or 4pm. That way, by the time your guests make their way to the reception and you’ve had your photos taken, you can head straight into your evening celebrations.
Food cooked on a Weber BBQ will go down a treat whatever time of the day, so rather than paying for two lots of meals, simply have everyone eat together a bit later on than usual. After all, there are no set rules regarding what you should and shouldn’t do at a wedding, as the day is all about you marrying the one you love – not what others think traditional etiquette is!
If you’ve had a BBQ for your wedding, or have attended a reception where there was one, leave your thoughts about the event below. You could inspire a bride or groom-to-be have this type of wedding breakfast!
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