By Rob Wilhoite, Owner/Pitmaster of Capt. Rob’s Pigalicious Signature Barbecue Catering

Over the years more and more couples are opting to get married at venues rather than churches. While some are still going the more traditional route, others are using an officiant rather than preacher or priest. So why does your wedding food have to be “traditional?” The truth is, it doesn’t! You are just going to have to find that special caterer that thinks outside the box!

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Your options are no longer just limited to plated vs. buffet meals. Think about having stations to showcase many types of foods throughout the entire night! What about having a food truck? With the rise of their popularity, bring in a few food trucks to give your guests a pick of the mill. No one has ever stuck their nose up at a variety of options! Your guests, including the kids, will appreciate the unique meal.

If you want a traditional buffet, why not do a burger station and let folks do their own toppings along with standard comfort food sides? Toppings could be the usual plus chili, BBQ, or even delicious smoked brisket. Want to give guests a non-meat option, try a grilled portabella burger. Use your imagination and work with your caterer.

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They might have some great ideas and examples of past weddings to give you that spark of inspiration.

Have you thought of hot soup or stews on a buffet or station? (This would only work on a sit-down event). Crab or clam chowder or a hearty beef stew with salad and bread would be the perfect meal for that chilly celebration. What about a chili bar? Similar to the burger bar, you could have amazing chili (both vegetarian and meat-lovers) with fresh, good-quality fixings. These are great options for late fall and early winter weddings, especially if you’re using a tent versus an inside building for the reception.

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The bottom line is to plan a meal that you want and that will not be the same old thing. Choose food that is not only exciting for you but something that will have guests talking for years about your scrumptious meal!

Rob Wilhoite is the Owner/Pitmaster of Capt. Rob’s Pigalicious Signature Barbecue Catering. They do from scratch onsite only catering. www.robsbbqcatering.com