Repurpose These 15 Backyard Barbecue Ideas At Your Wedding

With just about 35 % of all weddings taking place in June, July or August, Summer is peak wedding season. But while the warm and sunny weather means you can have an outdoor affair, there are some challenges to getting married during the Summer season, as we pointed out in Secrets to Planning a Summer Wedding.  

Despite any wedding planning challenges, Summer brides can feel like a princess on their big wedding dayAs a Summer Bride, you want to embrace everything summer in all aspects of your wedding, from your wedding color theme and decorations to your choice of wedding venue and wedding food. And, of course, in your choice of bridal gown.

For your wedding gown there are many radiant and sexy bridal gowns for Summer Weddingssuch as BHLDN’s new collection which embodies everything we love about Summer weddings.

An outdoor summer wedding also opens up some great ideas for wedding themes, such as a nautical wedding theme.

As for your outdoor summer wedding decorations, a good idea is to repurpose many of your standard barbecue items as part of your wedding decor.  Here are 15 backyard barbecue ideas that you can repurpose at your wedding, reblogged from the knot:

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.

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Jade + Matthew Take Pictures |

Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

2. Stick to summer time garden blooms.

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Alison Conklin Photography |

Alison Conklin Photography

3. Accessorize with camo!

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Natalie Sinisgalli Photography |

Natalie Sinisgalli Photography

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

4. Set up lawn games for the cocktail hour.

From the albums: A Charming Garden Wedding in Austin, TXAn Elegant Garden Wedding in Louisville, KY

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

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Laura Gordon Photography |

Laura Gordon Photography

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

6. Incorporate picnic plaid into printed cocktail napkins.

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Tory Williams Photography |

Tory Williams Photography

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

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Falcusan Photography |

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!).

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

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

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Jen Fariello Photography |

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.

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas |Weston Neuschafer Photography |

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.

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Amy Carroll Photography |

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!).

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

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

Backyard BBQ wedding ideas | Alison Conklin Photography |

Alison Conklin Photography

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