Repurpose These 15 Backyard Barbecue Ideas At Your Wedding

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Borrow the best parts of backyard grill parties to create a spring or summer wedding that stays true to the red, white and blue. When your wedding lands on a summer holiday like Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day, adding a dose of patriotism only adds to the celebration. Here are 15 ways to take barbecue favorites and spin them to work at your rehearsal dinner or wedding.

1. Hand out flags for a patriotic ceremony or reception exit.

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2. Stick to summer time garden blooms.

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Alison Conklin Photography

3. Accessorize with camo!

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Natalie Sinisgalli Photography

From the album: A Rustic Autumnal Wedding in Canandaigua, NY

4. Set up lawn games for the cocktail hour.

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From the albums: A Charming Garden Wedding in Austin, TX; An Elegant Garden Wedding in Louisville, KY

5. Mix up a signature cocktail in red, white and blue.

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Laura Gordon Photography

From the album: A Charming Colorful Wedding in Virginia Beach, VA

6. Incorporate picnic plaid into printed cocktail napkins.

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Tory Williams Photography

7. Refresh guests with small bites of watermelon and mint.

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Falcusan Photography

From the album: A Rustic Orange Wedding in Mt. Hood, OR

8. Set out farm to table snacks for grazing guests.

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Carly Michelle Photography

9. Fry up backyard party favorites (like bacon baskets and fried chicken!).

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From the album: A Green Building Wedding in Brooklyn, New York

10. Make your kegs (of domestic beer!) classy with a galvanized metal tag.

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Jen Fariello Photography

11. …Or repurpose a rustic wheelbarrow as a cooler!

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Blue Elephant Photography

From the album: An At-Home Wedding In Yale, Oklahoma

12. Set the table with bandanas as napkins.

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Weston Neuschafer Photography

From the album: A Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding in Santa Margarita, California

13. Share your family's best kept secret: Aunt Cathy's cherry pie.

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Amy Carroll Photography

From the album: A Relaxing, Outdoor Wedding in Boyne City, MI

14. Thank guests with custom condiment favors (like BBQ sauce and pickles!).

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From the albums: A Formal Wedding in Alexandria, VA; A Rustic, Elegant Wedding in Pocantico Hills, NY

15. Gift a breakfast picnic box for a morning-after treat.

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Alison Conklin Photography

From the album: A Romantic, Vintage Wedding in Philadelphia, PA

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