Post # 1
Hey! So… I’m planning a wedding in May 2010. It is going to be in my small, home town church I grew up in. It’s not a very beautiful church… but we’re getting it for free and there are so many sentimental reasons why I want to get married there… plus, with the right decorations it can be BEAUTIFUL!
Anyways… me and my fiance are kind of on a tight budget. We plan on invited around 200 people, so catering can be very expensive for that many. Since I have a lot of old ladies at my church that love cooking, I was planning on asking my church family to all cook different kinds of food [like what they do for a church potluck] we then could have all kinds of dishes so each guest could just go down a line and take what they want! And it would be of minimal cost to me!!
Plus, our wedding will be at 12:30 in the afternoon, so it’s not a formal wedding. Would this idea be too tacky??
Let me know!!
Post # 3
I think it sounds fine! A friend of mine had a potluck wedding and it went beautifully!!! I think yours will be just as beautiful.
Post # 4
I don’t think potluck receptions are tacky… I think they’re awesome! You get so much better variety of food that way, plus it feels more like a communal gathering/community involvement in the wedding. 🙂 I’m sure you’re wedding will be great!
Post # 6
I think it’s a great idea, and I’m sure your church family would feel honored and thrilled.
Post # 7
I think you can ask and see if they’re interested. If they say yes, great! If not, you can always figure out another plan (cake & punch)?
Post # 8
I love the idea of a potluck wedding. After checking prices with caterers, even the cheapest ones are way out of my budget. I fully intend on buying a ton of food and having my family members help prepare it. And I’m sure all my uncles will fight over grill duties at our reception.
Post # 9
That’s a great idea, especially since you chose the church for sentimental reasons in the first place, and this is just adding to that feeling. Plus, afternoon weddings can sometimes give you a little more freedom from the things you "have" to do for a wedding.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)
I think its a great idea, especially if the church has sentimental value.
Go for it!
Post # 11
I think potluck weddings are a smart, savvy idea! =) I would, however, be sure to invite your "church family" to the wedding, and be prepared to make a bunch of the food yourself — you should probably make at least two dishes on your own. Also, be extra sure to thank them verbally at the wedding (put them in the program if possible, or announce your thanks at the reception, unless they would rather not be recognized publicly) and send them thank you cards (of course, you probably already knew this, but just in case!)
Just one thing…be aware that if one particular dish is very popular, it will still probably only feed a quarter of your guests at most, so you may want to request that 4 people make the same thing, so that there’s enough for everyone without each person having to haul in casserole for 200 people.
Post # 12
Make sure you have an area to keep hot things hot and cold things cold, or else you at risk of getting people sick.
CDC says food can only be held in a 40-140 degree range for 2 hours then its time to throw it out… The guest’s travel time to the church plus the ceremony time may cut it pretty close.
Post # 13
I love it!
One thing to consider is to have one of your bridesmaids compile a list of who is bringing what so that you don’t end up with only desserts (not that that is necessarily a bad thing 🙂 ) etc.
Post # 14
oh my gosh! These are such great ideas… and advice. Thank you all 🙂 it is much appreciated !!
ps: i can’t wait to get married.
Post # 15
@snackpack, you’re too cute. i think this sounds like a great idea. congrats!
Post # 16
The only suggestion that I have is that if we’re talking about 5 or 10 people cooking for 200 people, you should definitely cover the cost of the ingredients and possibly offer them some kind of compensation for their time. But I don’t think your idea sounds tacky at all.