Outdoor Wedding Ideas: Pig Roast Reception

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Outdoor Wedding Ideas: Pig Roast Reception
An outdoor wedding reception with a pig roast theme can be a delicious way to celebrate your big day. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A pig roast is always a treat for an outdoor get-together, and what better way to make your outdoor wedding stand out than combining the two together? Whether you go with a traditional barbecue theme or Hawaiian luau, the reception will be fun, the food great, and guests will remember it for years to come.


The pig is the guest of honour behind the wedding party at this type of reception. A traditionally roasted pig is no different at a barbecue type function than a luau, the difference will be the food that goes with it. A traditional barbecue feast of baked beans, potato salad, corn bread, and corn on the cob would make a great reception meal. For the luau theme, add tropical fruit salad, fried rice, fresh veggie trays, and tropical fruit punch will round out the island-themed pig roast menu.


Crisp red-and-white checked table cloths with a beautiful arrangement of fresh daisies would make a great table setting for your traditional barbecue pig roast reception. Casual seating at round tables makes the event comfortable, and dressing up the chairs with ribbons adds a festive flair. If red isn't going to blend with your colours, use the accent colour of your wedding. For the luau, tropical leaves and birds of paradise on a table set with grass mats, and colourful table clothes to match your wedding colours would be a hit. For a casual dress reception, go with the Hawaiian shirt theme. Add coconuts, grass skirts to tables, and large banana plants in pots to add the island feel.


A backyard dressed up on a festive white tent fits either pig roast theme. Decorate the tent and yard with fresh flowers, ribbons, white string lights and netting. Another idea would be to go the country theme with bales of hay, cowboy hats, barrels of flowers and horse shoes for luck. The beach is an alternative site that fits both the barbecue and luau ideas well, but keep in mind dress for this type of affair may need to be more casual as guest will be walking and moving about in the sand. This could make for a very fun event if it fits your style.

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Music can fit either theme by going with island type rhythms, or country western for a traditional barbecue. Dress can be semi-formal if the venue allows it, or completely casual. Island dresses and Hawaiian shirts and shorts for the luau, or sun dresses and strappy sandals for a less casual affair. Western shirts with cowboy hats and boots and bolo ties can be paired with suits and dresses or even jeans depending on if it's casual or dressy. The cake can be themed for the event, decorated with tropical flowers or fresh daisies, or can be a traditional cake that does not relate to the theme, but simply represents the union that took place.

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