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3 Steps to a Casual Wedding Season

3 Steps to a Casual Wedding Season  Here we are in the midst of wedding season. Brides are busy planning their fancy weddings and getting everything set for the big day. But before the “I dos” come, first comes all the gatherings before the big day!

Since the wedding day may be more on the formal side, why not use these gatherings to unwind a little? The bride won’t be in her fabulous gown, the men won’t be all suited up, and there won’t be flashing cameras everywhere you look.

Make your parties and family gatherings as casual and relaxing as possible. Not only will your guests feel more at ease, but you’ll more than appreciate a little calm before the storm.

Creating this relaxing atmosphere at your rehearsal dinner is simple. You can even do it in three easy steps. You just need the right venue, foods and decorations.

Step 1: Pick out a venue.
Your rehearsal dinner can be held anywhere your heart desires. But typically outdoor venues set a more casual feel. Maybe a friend or family member has a nice backyard they’d be willing to let you use. A local park is also a good choice.

Tip: If it is going to be outside, be sure to tell guests so they’ll dress appropriately.

Step 2: Decide what to feed your guests.

While you’re probably going a little fancy for your wedding reception foods, make your rehearsal dinner meal more casual. Barbecue is one of the most popular rehearsal dinner items, along with traditional sides like pasta salad and baked beans.

Moore’s Oriental Barbecued Drumsticks Recipe
    ¾ cup Moore's Original Marinade
    ¼ cup sherry
    2 tbsp sugar
    8 chicken legs
    1 tbsp powdered ginger
    Bundle of green onions split lengthwise
  1. Combine all ingredients in a re-sealable plastic bag and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken and drain, discarding onion and reserving the marinade.
  3. Grill over medium heat for 5 minutes, turn and baste with reserved marinade. After 5 minutes turn and baste again, continuing until legs are done (approximately 20 minutes). May also be done under the oven broiler.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
    1 package grilled, fajita chicken breast strips, I think our package was 32 ounces
    1 - 16 ounce bottle of ranch dressing
    1 - 16 ounces bottle of Moore's Buffalo Wing Sauce
    1 - 12 ounce package of your favorite pasta, cooked
    1 medium red onion diced
    2 good sized Roma tomatoes, chopped
    4 stalks of celery, chopped
    1 avocado, optional
  1. Thaw your chicken strips. They are precooked, but you don't want them frozen.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk the entire bottle of ranch dressing with the desired amount of wing sauce.
  4. At this point mix the pasta, sauce/dressing mixture, and chicken in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Then add the onion, tomatoes, and celery and blend thoroughly.
  6. Topped with sliced avocado.
  7. You can serve it warm or cold.
  8. Things that might make nice additions are bacon, blue cheese crumbles, maybe some diced garlic... be creative!
Moore’s Baked Beans Recipe
    1 cup Moore's Original Marinade
    1 tsp bacon drippings or oil
    ¼ cup green bell pepper
    2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained 15 oz. each
    4 slices bacon, diced
    ¼ cup chopped onion
    3 tbsp chili powder
  1. Cook bacon in medium skillet until crisp. Drain and set aside. Reserving 1 tsp, discard drippings.
  2. Sauté onion and pepper in reserved drippings or oil.
  3. Combine all ingredients in 1-quart casserole dish.
  4. Bake uncovered, at 350° F for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Gather fun decorations.
In order to create a comfortable atmosphere for your guests, save the floral arrangements for the wedding. Go with something simple.

Cover the tables with the old western style picnic table liners. Place baby pictures in frames for table centerpieces. These are great conversation starters too, especially for guests who don’t know each other. And if you want, string up some colorful Christmas lights to add a little fun to your dinner.

In addition to the venue, food and decorations, guests will be taking cues from you as to how formal you want this dinner to be. So laugh, make jokes, tell funny stories about your first dates together.

Your behavior will let your guests know that they can relax and unwind a little.