With the limitations people are facing with family events due to Covid19, many couples have decided to replace the big wedding with a small intimate backyard wedding with immediate family and maybe a few friends. When you still decide to get married in the backyard, you still want to make it a celebration among the loved ones. To help you plan your backyard wedding, we at Married to Food Catering by Chef Marcel & Jeannie would like to offer some catering ideas for your big day.
Outdoor Summer Picnic Menu
With a simple menu of wraps and sandwiches, fresh salads, fruit, cheese and crackers, and brownies and cookies for dessert can help eliminate the need for a large grill or warmers. You may be able to reduce the number of staff you hire since the menu is easy to prepare and set up. Because much can be done ahead of time offsite, it is also great for tight spaces or a usual timeline. You can also incorporate your picnic menu into your backyard wedding’s décor. To add to your choice of food, gingham linens or wicker baskets to hold cards and favors.
Pasta Bar for Wedding Reception
Consider a backyard wedding catering menu centered around authentic pasta dishes for fall days with a bit of a chill in the air. All delicious options include various styles of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, or even chicken parmigiana, bolognese, gnocchi, ravioli, and fettuccine alfredo. To help your guests not fall asleep before they have a chance to hit the dance floor, balance your pasta-heavy menu with light side salads and fruit-based desserts.
Upscale Barbecue Wedding Idea
Reminiscent an awesome backyard cookout, create an outdoor wedding menu that reminds guests of a casual time. For chicken, hamburgers, ribs, veggie burgers and/or kebabs, can be done with a caterer bringing a smoker or grill. A green salad, potato and pasta salads, grilled vegetables, mac and cheese, coleslaw and a corn or fruit salsa or other summer classic sides can complete the spread.
Potluck Wedding Reception
To drop off a main course or two, hire a professional caterer. Ask wedding guests who aren’t traveling far to bring a dish or two to pass, perhaps in lieu of gifts even. Requesting for it specifically, if there is a dish a family member or friend makes that you especially love. Have ideas in mind for people who are not sure what to bring aim for a varied menu and have ideas in mind, just like any potluck.
Wedding Menu Sampler
Serving one of the most classic sandwiches ever can be the best idea. You can even up the presentation by having the letters “BLT” toasted onto the bread. Buttery bread plus lobster equals a bite your guests will dream about forever. Southern fried chicken and biscuits though it can be messy.