Getting married is an important event, but it can be expensive. As a result, more and more couples are looking for ways to keep their marriage, that intimate, are inventive, and certainly do not want to break the bank.
Enter the wedding barbecue.
This is a great way to meet your guests in an informal and friendly atmosphere. It is far cheaper than a traditional sit-down menu and add a cheerful mood for the wedding.
The disadvantage of a wedding is grill it take a lot of planning and preparation ahead. But fear not, here is our simple guide on how to plan the perfect wedding barbecue.
Designate a chef
The first thing you must do is find someone who can man (or woman) in your barbecue grill. Not the bride or groom or mother, father or grandmother - they are too busy. Whoever you choose should be a chef willing to give in a position to be the grill their constant attention and probably will not hang out for another Bucks Fizz. If you find two people can share the responsibility, the better. It is an important task and should be in the hands of a reliable, experienced grill, multi-tasking superstar, a place of honor in your wedding album, and who to thank extensively done in the coming years.
Not only do you grill and grill, you also need work surfaces - one for storage of raw foods and at least one of the ready to eat food. Be sure to keep these foods separate at all times - raw and cooked foods should never be mixed either on the grill or on plates with the same tools.
Beg, borrow, or as an early wedding present from the largest grill you ask can lay your hands. The size or number of grill you need, how many people you invite to a reception from. If you have more than one cook, they could each on the grill with different foods - perhaps one with vegetables and meat and fish (do not forget the vegetarians in your party).
Think of the number of people you invite, the amount they are likely to eat and how much memory does it. Factor in salads, side dishes, breads and desserts - not all the food from the grill.
What are the kind you grill - charcoal or gas - Gas is the easier solution. Gas grills do not have to be heated (hot coals models takes 40 minutes), they cook faster, they do not take so much attention and they are easier to clean.
Preparation of food
This is an important part of planning. Preparation for a day or two before can save a lot of stress and anger in the day. Cutting, chopping, marinating and anything can happen in good time. How can the production of many desserts and salads. If you freeze some food, make sure it is completely thawed before grilling. Many hands make light work to help as to win friends and family.
Crockery, cutlery and decorations
It is something that can be planned well in advance. Select the crockery and cutlery you will use. Sort glasses for drinks. Do not forget, napkins, tablecloths, and all the decorations you for the tables. A decorated garden is absolutely beautiful. For an evening reception, think about the lights or lanterns at streak or on poles along the road. If it is a theme for your wedding planning decoration around it. Add wonderful picnic blankets and pillows on the floor and seats for the less agile members of your party.
Planning the menu
Plan your menu carefully. What kind of food you will give your guests? Want a traditional barbecue, grilling an exotic flavor, or a gourmet BBQ? Your style and budget dictate.
Probably you will be catering for a large group and will be limited to a certain degree of time, space and money. Do not choose thick pieces of meat, they will take a long time to cook. Go to the tasty, quick to cook products.
Gourmet sausage, marinated pork and teriyaki chicken are just some of the meat that really well on a grill. These and a variety of delicious grilled vegetables, maybe some BBQ shrimp, salad, rice and unusual breads make a great party.
The Great British Weather
No guidance on planning a wedding barbecue would be complete without a mention of the weather. If you keep it in the Maldives, you can stop reading, but if you want to stay here in Blighty, take note - it can and will rain. A little preparation will save a lot of heartache. There is a solution, the possibility that it rained on the big day, but do not think you can just drag your grill outdoors. Charcoal and gas grills and carbon monoxide in small quantities can be dangerous. The safe bet is to have a cabinet that is equally useful in the scorching sun for rent. Put a contingency plan in place, and you will not be glued to the forecast for the month before.
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