I'm getting married in September. The plan is a beach bbq, very casual, with trays of ribs, pulled pork, bbq chicken, cornbread and cole slaw from our favorite place, plus lemonade, watermelon and so on. For dessert, we're having, instead of cake (because really, I don't much like cake), a pie buffet. I can't imagine anything that would be more appealing than a long table piled with pie.
Since this is very much a DIY affair, I'm wondering which pies I could freeze unbaked beforehand. Have people done this? How successful is it? Also, I was hoping CHers might have some ideas about the number of pies and the types. Apple, wild blueberry, peach and lemon meringue seem like the most obvious choices, plus the chocolate French silk pie that was my family's favorite growing up. I make a cardamom pear pie with a crumble top that I like very much, and of course there are the nut pies, though those seem seasonally inappropriate to me. Maybe some other sort of chiffon? I'm planning for about fifty people, and I have some reserve pie-makers willing to assist. Any suggestions?