Here's How To Throw an "I Do" Barbecue
A barbecue always brings people together for delicious food in a fun, relaxed atmosphere—so it only makes sense that this theme would work perfectly for your wedding too. Comfort food, backyard bashes and food trucks are more popular than ever for wedding receptions. From lawn games to homemade pie, here are 17 ways to inspire your own barbeque-themed wedding.
1. Rib Roast
Cue mouth watering.
2. Family Recipes
Does Aunt Debbie have a signature dish that's irresistible to the whole family? Package it up. It works as a favor or welcome gift (and a delicious addition to the reception food).
3. Fried Favorites
Fried pickles, bacon baskets and chicken are barbecue necessities.
4. Cute Koozies
Since your guests will probably have a drink in their hands all night, a koozie to hold it in is a cute touch.
5. Bite-Sized Eats
There's only one thing better than bite sized appetizers, and that's anything on a skewer or in a cup for easy eating.
6. Cinnamon Buns
Serve some classic sweet treats, like cinnamon buns in a picnic basket and gingham pattern cloth.
7. Homemade Pie
Pies are barbecue necessities, so go ahead and opt for a pie station.
8. Condiment Wall
Yes to salsa, pickles and sweet and spicy sauces—especially if they're on a fun display wall. (This is an easy DIY!)
9. Dip, Dip Hooray
How many different veggies can you combine with dip? The limit does not exist.
10. Ceremony Supplies
For outdoor ceremonies, anticipate your guests' needs. Help them beat the heat (and fit your theme) with brimmed hats, or prevent them from bug bites with bug spray.
11. Rustic Table Numbers
Wooden plaques make perfect DIY-able table numbers, and bright florals pop against wooden textures.
12. Love You Like XO
Outdoor games go hand-in-hand with barbecues. Make it kid friendly too and opt for a classic, like tic tac toe.
13. Good to the Bone
Seriously, you can't have enough delicious barbecue-inspired food. Think ribs, grilled veggies and pasta salad. Red gingham table linens tie everything together for a true rustic vibe.
14. American Pride
Surprise your partner and his groomsmen with flasks or flag-patterned bow ties and even patriotic socks.
15. Matching Mugs
Beer is a barbecue must-have. Make sure to invest in signature his-and hers-mugs. Cheers!
16. Lawn Games
You might have tons of kids at your wedding. If that's the case, make sure they're entertained so the adults can enjoy themselves too! Lawn games are a perfect solution—think Croquet, corn hole and life-sized Jenga.
17. Throwback Snacks
Bring this oldie but goodie snack to your wedding menu, perfect for a touch of nostalgia and deliciousness.