Incorporating a BBQ theme offers flexibility to your wedding decorations. Depending on the locale you choose, your decor can make guests feel as if they’re attending a barbeque at Twelve Oaks from "Gone With the Wind," stepping back into the Old West, or going on safari in the Serengeti. A barbeque adds a fun twist to a beach wedding or celebrates a couple's shared interest in outdoor activities such as baseball and hunting.
White miniature lights transform a barn, backyard or beach from plain to special when hung along fences, railings and bushes. Lanterns fashioned from Mason jars or spray-painted cans hung from trees enhance the country or western feel, while tiki lamps suit a luau or beach barbeque wedding. Votive-lit Mason jars half-filled with sand or pebbles can substitute for luminaries along walkways and aisles. Consider strategically placed props such as a flower-filled wheelbarrow, a chiminea, cow bells, branding irons or antique farm implements to enhance the mood. Use milk cans as pedestals for flower arrangements or antique dry sinks to hold beverages outside and inside your event.
Red and white are a classic barbeque color scheme, but other colors work equally well. Orange hues complement an autumn barbeque wedding, while color trios such as black, white and yellow or blue, tan and white lend a modern feel year-round. Burlap pennants and table runners dress a table as nicely as checkered oilcloths. Plaid tablecloths, napkins or runners put a twist on the traditional gingham print associated with barbecues, while touches of camouflage and khaki suit a hunting or safari angle. Tie ribbon that matches your fabric around napkins and menus; weave it through pine or other branches decorating mantels; or create wreath bows with yards of grosgrain.
A barbecue-themed wedding comes to life with inexpensive centerpieces. Milk bottles, glass pitchers, cowboy boots and hats function as vases for floral arrangements. If red is your color, line baskets with red and white gingham and fill with them with apples. Mason jars hold flowers or fruit such as cranberries or nuts. Candles, cowbells, horseshoes and pewter mugs can be decorated with greenery. For outdoor summer events, pitchers of iced tea and lemonade surrounded by limes and lemons are both functional and colorful centerpieces. If baseball is an underlying interest, use hats with team logos, mitts and team colors in your table scape. For hunting/safari barbecues, consider arranging binoculars, wildlife photos, guidebooks and realistic stuffed animals with greenery and flowers on your tables.
White folding chairs around round tables are more formal than picnic tables, while rows of long tables help create a family-style setting. Bandannas tied on the chairs add more detail and color to the meal. Bales of straw or hay covered with quilts, fabric or throws provide seating around the dance area or chiminea as do safari- or hunting-evoking canvas folding chairs. You can group tables by famous barbecue regions for seating assignments -- Texas, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Missouri -- then number the tables within each category, such as, Texas No. 1, Missouri No. 3, etc. Other ideas for table names include country songs, western television shows or movies, favorite beaches, big game animals and baseball teams.
Background music keeps folks in a party mood, so a guitar, banjo or ukulele player for a southern, country or luau barbeque is a good choice. Continue the lighting used outdoors to tie both areas together, but vary the props to include items such as old wagon wheels, baskets, lassos, cowboy boots, spurs, hay bales, Tilley-type hats and chalk or wooden signs. Wreaths fashioned from grapevines or twine carry gingham or burlap bows. That same gingham or burlap can be used on fireplace shelves or draped from the ceiling to add softness. Baseball team pennants and throws become key decor elements for a sports-oriented barbecue wedding.
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