Having a backyard wedding? If you are keeping it casual, you probably want to avoid the froufrou foods with a menu that makes sense for your locale. Here are some fun menu suggestions to make your simple affair memorable and tasty.

Southern Dinner

From cornbread to ribs, soul food is a great way to serve a BBQ style dinner without having to stick to hot dogs and hamburgers. Plus, all the side dishes like macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and fried okra are easily served buffet style.

Mediterranean Feast

Serve antipasto platters of meats, cheeses, and olives. Big hunks of bread served alongside hummus and dips, Italian pasta salads, and roasted peppers complete the meal. Because all of these foods are served cold, this is a refreshing option for a hot summer day.

State Fair

All those fried foods and decadent (and very carb-loaded) desserts? Yeah, we know that the real reason one goes to the fair is less about the rides and more about the midway treats. Give your guests a carnival experience with corndogs, cotton candy, caramel apples, and loads of popcorn.

English Countryside

Want something more refined? Use high tea as a guide and serve tea sandwiches, scones, and tiny quiches. This idea is especially cute when your seating resembles an upscale picnic.

Salmon Bake

Are you and your honey all about camping and fishing? Why not welcome your friends and family with cold beers, yummy salmon, grilled asparagus, and soft rolls? This rustic meal would easily complement an equally laidback wedding.


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