A BBQ Stain on My White T-Shirt

Besides crafting and sewing—and loving Mr. Sweet Cream—my next favorite thing has to be food. I’m not talking about shoving some Doritos down my face (although the Spicy Nacho are my fave) or a box of mac & cheese. (Although I may not admit it to some, mac & cheese has gotten me out of a jam after cooking a meal too exotic for Mr. Sweet’s palate.)

I love reading cookbooks, picturing the ingredients simmering together and the possible delishness that could be tasted. I love watching old episodes of Julia Child’s show on the Cooking Channel. And I LOVE looking at the thoughtfulness of delish arrangements of food that compliment each other like instruments in a symphony. So that especially makes me prone to sigh over wedding menus.

I was definitely excited to get some trendy food goodness woven into the wedding.

Think food-truck fun! (Mrs. Earrings makes it look like such a good choice!)

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Her orange Mexican food truck looks adorable and amazing…at the same time! (Image via Mrs. Earrings / Photo by Jane Sanders Photography)

And a truck…that serves ice cream! We all scream for ice cream!

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Image via Trend Setting Wedding / Food truck: Gold Coast Ice Cream

Think mini, teeny-tiny versions of favorite foods. (Just look at these adorable small Pop-Tarts on sticks!)

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Image via ForeverMore Events / 1. Mini shrimp cocktails from 24 Carrots Catering, 2. Mini pancakes, 3. Pop Tart pops via Babble, 4. Mini quiches via My Recipes.

Think comfort food. Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Burgers. Mac & cheese. Yes, please!

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Image via BridalBar Square Space / 1. Corn dogs via Food Network, 2. Hamburgers via NY Daily News, 3. Soup & grilled cheese via Sugar Plum Invitations Blog, 4. Apples and mac & cheese via Martha Stewart Weddings

I know that mashed-potato bars are all the buzz…but how could one resist?? Mashed potatoes + bar = happy guests!

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Image via The Inspired Bride / Photo by Tinywater Photography / Styling by Audrey of Botanica Floral Designs

With all of these thoughts spinning in my bridal brain, I connected with an uber-trendy caterer in the city (who I was hoping with all my might could pull off something within our budget). She mentioned all of these ideas…but then she mentioned three little letters that were like magical bells…

B…B…Q…

I’m not talking about throwing another shrimp on the barbie or even favorites at a Fourth of July picnic. I’m talkin’ slow-roasted pork, cornbread…and all the fixins’. I’ve seen other bees do it—so I know that it’s not a totally new idea—but some of the eye candy at some BBQ bees’ weddings truly makes me wish I could jump into the pictures. Just take a look at the wedding of Mrs. Mary Jane and Mrs. Cola’s rehearsal dinner!

My mouth was watering as I slowly described to Mr. Sweet Cream all that could come with our very cool BBQ package from the uber-trendy caterer. Then—as I am sure that some of you bees do—I whispered what came last…the bottom line.

Of course, Mr. Sweet Cream thought that triple-digit number per guest was a little insane—especially for BBQ. And while I could feel myself beginning to feel all sad that something so amazing was crossed off the list of possibilities…he surprised me with three little words that were also like magical bells…

Sweet. Lucy’s. BBQ.

Who knew future hubbies could come up with such amazing ideas? Just. like. that.

We’ve been to Sweet Lucy’s so many times. The place is rated the #1 BBQ joint in the city, and I seriously think that their BBQ sauce could make a man weak in his knees. And it turns out that they DO in fact cater…so much so that they only had two Saturdays left in October.

Since we’d had the immense pleasure of having Sweet Lucy’s BBQ sauce grace our lips before, we said “Book us, please!!! Pretty please!!”

The options include everything from paper plates to renting china…so we have lots of choices. And it’s very funny that even the most traditional guests get so excited after hearing what we’ll be serving. (We so wanted it to be a surprise for our nearest and dearest—but of course we couldn’t keep our mouths shut about that one.)

Of course we took the fam there to do an official “taste test,” even though we knew exaaactly what it tastes like (heaven). A smoked beef tenderloin, baby back ribs, rotisserie chicken, pulled pork, and smoked kielbasa kind of dream land.

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Mr. Sweets and me after battling it out for our favorite menu item at Sweet Lucy’s…

Mr. Sweets looks all droopy eyed because it was an all-you-can-eat buffet—so he did just that! Nap time!

So that is how our menu came to be. I kinda wish we’d gotten to taste test our way around town. That is what I thought would happen. But when Sweet Lucy calls (with only two Saturdays in your choice wedding month left), you can’t turn your back…can you??

How did you decide on your menu? Is there any particular item that you and your SO are so excited about? Are you doing something completely out of the ordinary—like street vendors—or something crazier?

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Miss Sweet Cream

Location:
Philadelphia
Wedding Date:
October 2011

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    haelmai 321 posts, Helper bee @ 10:47 am

    #1: I LOVE THAT TIM MCGRAW SONG!!!! That is seriously one of my favorite jams!
    #2: We’re totally doing BBQ for our reception cuz we just love it. :-)
    I love you already, Miss Sweet Cream!

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    KCheer 370 posts, Helper bee @ 10:49 am

    Sounds delicious! I have never been to a BBQ wedding but I am keeping my fingers crossed that someone I know will decide to go this route (and then invite me)!

    And now I am sooooo hungry for lunch.

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 10:52 am

    Sounds delicious!

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    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 10:56 am

    We’re doing BBQ for our rehearsal dinner!
    “…skipping rocks on the river by the railroad tracks…”

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    lindzann1 53 posts, Worker bee @ 11:00 am

    love the Tim Mcgraw song and now I’m drooling just thinking about bbq. it’s totally fine to eat bbq pork for breakfast, right?!! :)

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    MsJeep23 1376 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:00 am

    OMG! That’s kinda what happened to us! We did a BBQ wedding and it was awesome. People loved it, the food was amazing, and it just made everything more fun. But yea, DH was the one who suggested the BBQ place to me–it hadn’t even occurred to me to think of the one spot we loved to go, whose owners were SO nice. I’m so glad we ended up with them!!

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    anna4041 98 posts, Worker bee @ 12:12 pm

    YAY for mouthwatering BBQ! We are doing our own BBQ pork and then having the rest catered in. And I still want to do an ice cream bar with lots of topping options, but not sure how that is going to work out yet.

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    GreenGables 812 posts, Busy bee @ 12:44 pm

    My cousin had her wedding catered by a BBQ restaurant and it was awesome. It was just perfect for her casual, rustic wedding.

    I’ve thought about doing something offbeat like food trucks for my wedding, but unfortunately I think our guest list is too big to make that kind of thing practical. I think the best bet for the sake of my sanity is to just find a venue that’s big enough and affordable enough and hope their catering is tasty.

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    stephbonthego 710 posts, Busy bee @ 12:45 pm

    Epic Mac & Cheese bar!

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    Miss Canaras 75 posts, Worker bee @ 12:54 pm

    Oh my God, I’m in love with you! Sweet Lucy’s is THE BEST bbq everrrrr….. everything they serve is delicious and makes me just want to eat all day and night until I weigh 100000000 pounds! Seriously, such a good choice – your guests will thank you a thousand times over…. Mmmmm now I’m hungry!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:01 pm

    I love the title of this post, it’s one of my fave Tim McGraw songs!! And BBQ sounds awesome for your wedding!

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    bri, Guest @ 1:20 pm

    Get down with the BBQ! We were this close to doing the same (Baby Blue’s in LA0 but in the end taco truck was just cheaper and almost as exciting.

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    tocarat 324 posts, Helper bee @ 1:25 pm

    Love the post title! And we are doing BBQ as well, it just fits with our laid back, Colorado vibe. Can’t wait to see yours come to life!

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    Ms. Wolf 127 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:46 pm

    I always wonder what the vegetarian options would be for a BBQ. Roasted veggies? Though you might not have to worry about it depending on your guest list.

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    haelmai 321 posts, Helper bee @ 6:14 pm

    Well, for our BBQ, we’re gonna have macaroni and cheese and something else, along with salad. :-) And one of my MOHs is a vegetarian, so we definitely had to think about it.

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:44 pm

    Mmm BBQ. We did BBQ for our rehearsal dinner AND the in-laws threw us a barbecue the day after the wedding! Love it.

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:45 pm

    I looooooooove BBQ. We’re having pulled pork and m&c at our wedding because they’re just too good to pass up :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:39 am

    We’re having pulled pork too! My Southern man wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

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    sweetcream 216 posts, Helper bee @ 11:04 am

    I love all other BBQ brides. I am equally excited for pulled pork & mac & cheese!!!

    @haelmai & @Ms. Wolf. I know, I know… we the opposite of vegetarians so at first this was the last thing on our mind… we are actually having caesar salad & roasted veggies too, just for good measure. As far as we know, there is only one vegetarian on the list & we know she will love the roasted veggies & mac & cheese. :) I wish I could have the discipline of a vegetarian… but I just can’t with the words “pulled” and “pork” in the sentence!! :)

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    sweetcream 216 posts, Helper bee @ 11:04 am

    I love all other BBQ brides. I am equally excited for pulled pork & mac & cheese!!!

    @haelmai. I know, I know… we the opposite of vegetarians so at first this was the last thing on our mind… we are actually having caesar salad & roasted veggies too, just for good measure. As far as we know, there is only one vegetarian on the list & we know she will love the roasted veggies & mac & cheese. :) I wish I could have the discipline of a vegetarian… but I just can’t with the words “pulled” and “pork” in the sentence!! :)

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    sweetcream 216 posts, Helper bee @ 11:04 am

    I love all other BBQ brides. I am equally excited for pulled pork & mac & cheese!!!

    @haelmai & @Ms. Wolf. I know, I know… we the opposite of vegetarians so at first this was the last thing on our mind… we are actually having caesar salad & roasted veggies too, just for good measure. As far as we know, there is only one vegetarian on the list & we know she will love the roasted veggies & mac & cheese. :) I wish I could have the discipline of a vegetarian… but I just can’t with the words “pulled” and “pork” in the sentence!! :)

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