Are you dreaming of a laid-back and affordable wedding reception that guarantees a good time for you and your guests? Look no further than a backyard BBQ wedding reception. This relaxed celebration takes place on a private portion of land, allowing you to save money without sacrificing space. But what exactly should you put on the table to create a memorable backyard BBQ wedding reception? Let’s dive into the world of mouth-watering menus and beautiful table settings, where The Smokehouse Grill has all the answers.
After shedding a few tears at your heartfelt ceremony, your guests are sure to have worked up an appetite. It’s essential to include some delicious starters to keep them satisfied and excited for the main course. Alongside the usual fruit, veggie, and cheese trays, why not add a touch of richness and flavor? The Smokehouse Grill offers an extensive selection of appetizers, including eastern shore crab dip with baguettes, bacon-wrapped scallops with a maple drizzle, and Hawaiian chicken skewers with a coconut rum glaze. These mouth-watering choices are bound to excite and delight your guests.
Now, onto the main course! The beauty of a backyard BBQ wedding reception lies in its ability to please everyone. Classic barbecue options like pulled pork, BBQ chicken, smokehouse pit beef, and ham are affordable and delectable choices that will keep your guests satisfied and ready to dance the night away. To take your reception up a notch, consider adding a full pig roast or grilled sausage with peppers to the menu. These options are sure to please the crowd and leave them wanting more.
No BBQ is complete without some savory sides. The Smokehouse Grill recommends including vegetarian options like caesar salad, macaroni and cheese, and potato and macaroni salads. If you’re hosting your reception in late spring or early summer, take advantage of locally-sourced side dishes such as corn on the cob from the eastern shores of Maryland and southern-style string beans with bacon and onion. These fresh and flavorful additions perfectly complement the tasty BBQ entrees.
Quenching Thirsts with Classic Drinks
When it comes to drinks, stick to the classics to please all your guests. Offer a selection of sodas, juices, iced tea, and lemonade. If some of your guests wish to celebrate with a toast, The Smokehouse Grill provides affordable bar packages starting at just $4 per person per hour. Opting for a caterer to handle the liquor and bar services ensures you are covered in case of any liquor-related incidents on your property.
Setting the Scene: Table Decor Ideas
Now that we have the menu covered, let’s talk about creating a beautiful table setting for your backyard BBQ wedding reception. These simple and affordable decor ideas will elevate the rustic vibe and add a touch of elegance to your special day.
Start by making it easy for your guests to fill up their drinks by placing refillable canisters full of iced tea, lemonade, and water on each table. Pair these canisters with plenty of mason jars as cups, giving your tables a charming and laid-back feel.
To set your head table apart, consider adding an adorable ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ banner. This simple yet stylish addition adds to the rustic atmosphere of a backyard wedding and serves as a delightful centerpiece.
Flowers are a must on any wedding table, and your backyard BBQ reception is no exception. They effortlessly liven up and beautify the outdoor space. Take inspiration from Ashley & Grady’s estate wedding and incorporate natural greens with warm florals. The combination of greenery and flowers will create a captivating and romantic ambiance.
Now, let’s talk about the perfect plate setting. Keep it relaxed yet elegant with tiny details that make a big impact. Bread loaves, wooden handle utensils, and long flowing napkins add a touch of charm and sophistication to each table. Your guests will be impressed by the attention to detail.
Lastly, don’t forget to incorporate mason jars into your table decor as centerpieces. They are not only ideal for drinkware but also perfect for displaying homemade table numbers. This simple and elegant touch will tie the entire table together.
Backyard BBQ wedding receptions offer an elegant, fun, and affordable way to celebrate your special day. For assistance in planning the perfect menu and table setting for your wedding, get in touch with the team at Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. They will help you create a memorable backyard BBQ wedding reception that your guests will rave about for years to come.