Thinking of hosting a barbecue reception for your wedding?

Planning a barbecue reception starts with the details. To take a barbecue from a traditional neighborhood affair to a casually gorgeous wedding event, set the mood with the little things, like burlap menus, wooden signs or a creative utensil display. All of those mason jar ideas you have been meticulously collecting? Here’s the place to implement them in all their full glory.

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When planning your menu, the first thing to consider is who will be handling the grill. Depending on the size of your guest list, grilling for everyone might be a truly time consuming event. We recommend asking either a trusted friend or neighbor (who knows their way around the grill), or lining up a couple of family members to each take an hour, so no one is stuck with all of the effort. You might even consider snagging some snappy aprons so your grill fiends can cook your meat in style.


Now that you have a plan for your meat, let’s talk sides. We are all for the meat extravaganza that is barbecue, but we are also BIG fans of the things that come with it. Since your wedding isn’t just any ol’ barbecue, we love the idea of dressing up your sides with some creative and practical serving ideas. Serving your salad in glass jars, for example, is a great way to keep food chilled and free of any wandering wildlife that may happen by. Serving fruit on skewers, unexpected food in shot glasses or corn the cob on a stick can turn ordinary foods into extraordinary crowd pleasers.

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Embracing the barbecue style for your reception means getting to have a little fun with some of your dessert options. Things like ice cream, cheesecake, and strawberry short cake are perfect for summer, and are sure to tickle your guests’ taste buds.  Then again, wedding cake goes with EVERYTHING, so don’t feel like you can’t combine your dream cake with your barbecue reception, we promise your guests won’t mind.

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And after your guests are stuffed with delightful cuisine and worn out from an evening of celebration, send them on their way with an adorable barbecue favor. We suggest embracing your theme to the fullest and handing out miniature cherry cobbler or peach crisp in a jar, or even little bottles of barbecue sauce to commemorate your happy day.

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  1. Posted by Meaghan on June 20th, 2013 at 11:47am

    A bbq reception is just what my fiancee and I want. What a great casual way to celebrate with friends and family such a cool new beginning. Not everyone has thought it was as cool an idea as we have. This is inspiring, I'm glad to see it's being done and done very well. I knew we were on the right track. :D
  2. Posted by Shelby on November 2nd, 2013 at 7:00pm

    Just wanted to credit that first image to my photographer, Josh Snyder. You can find the full wedding here:
  3. Posted by BBQ Sonoma County on March 27th, 2014 at 6:17pm

    I love the idea of a BBQ wedding! It seems both simple and delicious!
  4. Posted by Kelly on September 15th, 2014 at 6:59am

    BBQ/Buffet was the only option for myself and my Fiancé, we are getting married in Cyprus and a sit down meal didn't seem right, we are all very close friends and family who spend a lot of time together so informal rather than formal was the only way to go, we have employed a Chef to do the BBQ, paper plates all the way and NO washing up or smashing of plates.
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