You’ve found the perfect venue for your dream barn wedding. You’ve booked it, chosen the decor, and the guest list is done and dusted. Now all you need to do is take care of the most important part, the food.
When coming up with a menu, there are two things you should keep in mind. The first thing is that the food should complement the rustic theme of your wedding. The other thing you need to be aware of is the dietary restrictions of your guests.
With this in mind, putting together the ideal menu can be a bit difficult. So if you are wondering where to start, do not worry. I have come up with a list of the best barn wedding food to impress your guests and still leave them happy and satisfied.
Barbecue may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about wedding food, but it is one of the best options for a barn wedding. Depending on your budget, you can hire a caterer, order from a BBQ restaurant, or plan a cookout menu.
Either way, people love BBQ. So as long as you serve amazing food and in plenty, you should have very happy guests. A good example of a menu would be pulled pork, burgers, or barbecued ribs, plus side dishes like corn on the cob or baked beans.
If you want a sit-down meal, consider a plated menu with traditional BBQ foods like grilled chicken or smoked brisket. Then add side dishes like green salad to make your meal more complete. The décor and dishes should also be elegant but should not digress from the barn theme.
An elegant BBQ menu shouldn’t have cookout food. You can’t have people eating with their fingers at a formal event.
Legacy at Oak Meadows Recommendation: Mission BBQ
They offer high quality BBQ with consistent quality you can rely on. Plus they come with full staff to make sure it is an enjoyable experience for you and your guests.
The beauty of food trucks is that you can be as creative as you want in how you set them up. There is a wide range of options. Using a food truck at a barn wedding venue can be a huge money saver and solve planning issues for venues without major kitchen facilities.
There are a lot of factors to consider when looking for the perfect food truck. One of the first steps is to ensure that your venue allows external catering. Another factor to consider is whether they can physically accommodate a truck’s size. It’s also important to ask your venue if they can help with hiring staff or handling linen, utensils, or the setup.
As for how to serve the food, consider setting up an informal eating area near the truck and a bar with tall tables. This allows your guests to mingle as they eat. Alternatively, you could have your guests walk back to the formal tables and eat there. To keep your guests from waiting in line for too long, set up a buffet outside the food truck with select items for pickup at the window.
Although food trucks usually cost less than most full-service catering, there are a lot of services that are not included. It is important to run the numbers yourself and see how the price relates to your budget.
You should also consider how long you will need the trick. Food trucks are typically booked for a specific number of hours. So if you want to extend the hours, you will have to fork out extra cash.
Legacy at Oak Meadows Recommends: Tacos Don Ramon & Soulicious
Tacos Don Ramon offers an authentic Mexican food experience, and Soulicious brings the true southern food that fills your soul. Both come with amazing people that go above and beyond to deliver the best food.
Food stations are becoming increasingly popular at barn weddings. They offer a delightful surprise for your guests and it encourages them to get up and mingle, and guests can grab food whenever they like.
You can incorporate many foods to suit your guests’ needs. Work with your caterer to ensure that the food is prepared perfectly and your vision is brought to life. Here are some food station ideas to consider.
These are perfect for summer or springtime barn weddings. Whether it’s iced cocktails or ice creams, it’s a great way to help your guests stay hydrated as they enjoy the wedding.
Offering takeout is a fun way of keeping things interesting and a creative alternative to typical wedding food. A sure way to make the wedding more memorable for the guests.
As you can tell, I like to keep my options light and fun, and sushi ticks both boxes. Plus, you can serve a variety of rolls to accommodate different dietary restrictions.
Food stations are not the most inexpensive wedding food ideas out there, but they are fun and interesting for the guests.
Legacy at Oak Meadows Recommends: Las Brasas Catering
They are a well rounded catering service that can craft a unique menu for your special day. We love working with them and know the guests always leave raving about the food.
Las Brasas Catering Facebook Page
Fun Add Ons
There are a few other options you might want to consider to keep guests engaged and entertained. Some of my favorites are:
They are an easy and versatile option for appetizers or even the main course at your wedding. The tools used to present a charcuterie board should be a mixture of elegant and rusty.
If you’re going to use the board as an appetizer, it’s important to be cautious not to overfeed your guests too early. The goal is to allow for snacking but not ruin your guests’ appetite.
Legacy at Oak Meadows Recommends: Graze and Prosper
The owner Sabrina is truly an artist with how she presents her grazing tables. She provides a full service experience from sourcing the highest quality cheese, meats, jams, fruits and so much more. If you are looking for a food option that brings an amazing presentation and delicious food then Graze and Prosper is the clear choice. Do yourself and your guests a favor and reach out to Sabrina.
Mobile bar carts.
This is a great addition to your wedding reception. It’s a fun way to serve cocktails and other drinks to the guests while also making them interact.
As you can see, the options for barn wedding foods are limitless. There’s something for everyone, no matter the budget. But if you want to wow your guests, try the options we’ve discussed above. I promise you you will not regret it.
Legacy at Oak Meadows Recommends: The Floridian Mobile Bar Co.
These ladies are truly one of a kind. They will not only craft one of a kind cocktails for your wedding guests they will entertain them at the same time. They will be able to accommodate all sizes of weddings and create a unique experience whether they bring their mobile bar cart or their stand alone bar. If you want to provide a bar setup that will have your guests raving then you need to book The Floridian Mobile Bar sooner than later.
The Floridian Mobile Bar Co. Instagram
The Floridian Mobile Bar Co. Website
The food at your wedding is such an important aspect to making it a wonderful experience for you and your guests. Food brings people together and is completely integrated in how we celebrate moments like weddings. I know each one of these vendors will provide the best food with top level service to make sure your wedding celebration is everything you want it to be.
You know what is even better? Our Barn venue is set up to handle all of these food options that allows them to stand out and provide that wow factor. I would love to personally show you and help you get in touch with these amazing vendors. Just schedule your private venue tour below, so you and your fiance can see first hand what your wedding day will look like.
Your legacy starts here,