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Great tips for a DIY BBQ Reception

Do you love salt, surf, sand, and sunshine? have you always dreamed of a beach wedding? do you want more than just some seashells in your decor at a stuffy reception centre? Here are some food ideas to have not only your wedding but also your reception at the place that you love most, the beach.

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DIY-ing your reception can not only save you a lot of money, but can also mean that you can have the exact food, style and mood that best reflects you.

Along with the tang of salt and the smell of sunscreen, the pungent aroma of the sizzling onions for that classic beach BBQ is part of your favourite summer beach memories. So why not have a BBQ at your wedding? BBQ’s are not only amazing delicious, but also nothing brings people together like standing around and sharing food. That being said , as classic Aussie as a sausage sizzle is, you may want something a bit classier for your wedding.

 

bowl of grilled corn cobs Photo credit: Zdenko Zivkovic via Foter.com / CC BY

The sweet taste of grilled corn combined with the smokiness of the BBQ not only makes a fantastic combination, but also provides an amazing vehicle for a variety of flavours. You can set up a corn bar, where your guests can flavour their corn to their taste.

Check out some flavour ideas at Brit + Co

plate of grilled tomato and asparagus Photo credit: xurde via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Corn is not the only vegetable which you can BBQ. The vegetable possibilities are endless, be it eggplant, zucchini, tomato or carrot. Not only do these bring a fresh vibrancy to your wedding, but just think how happy all your vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, nut allergic and paleo friends are going to be.

You can find ideas for vegetables at momendevours, better home and gardens, and williams-sonoma.

meat kebabs cooking on a bbq Photo credit: Artur (RUS) Potosi via Foter.com / CC BY

But what is a BBQ without meat? and there are so many fantastic option. Kebabs are a great way of keeping your meat options as finger food, and you are really only limited by the types of meat that you can get your hands on.

There are fantastic recipes and inspiration at buzzfeed,  topinspired, and Frugal Living NW.

beef ribs cooking on a BBQ Photo credit: luvsickmedia via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Keep those meatlovers at your wedding happy, as well as embracing the american food truck trend with some smokey sticky ribs. These require a bit of planning and pre-cooking, but the flavour payoff is worth it at the end.

Find a recipe for amazing ribs with a surprising ingredient at Flavorite.

green salad with cucumber and feta Photo credit: vmiramontes via Foter.com / CC BY

A salad can be whatever you want it to be. It can be complex, or simple, colourful or mono-tonal, can incorporate cheese, nuts, meats and fantastic dressings. Salads bring freshness and flavour to your wedding.

be inspired by closetcooking, Brit + Co, and Frugal coupon living.

fruit salad with stone fruit and berries Photo credit: 46137 via Foter.com / CC BY

But you can’t forget your sweets and desserts. One of the best things about summer, besides all that sun, is the summer fruit. Make that sweet, colourful and flavoursome fruit a feature at your wedding.

Check out these amazingly simple ideas from the recipe critic, creative savings, and nest of posies

jar with yoghurt and oats in it

So many delightful desserts can be placed in a jar for ease of transport and serving. Be it tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate mousse or cheesecake, there are so many options.

Choose a favourite dessert, or check out these ideas at ABC Creative Learning, Dream of Leaving, and Buzzfeed.

Photo credit: jorgemejia via Foter.com / CC BY Photo credit: jorgemejia via Foter.com / CC BY

May you be inspired to have the fresh, fun, relaxed and outdoor wedding experience that you had always hoped for.