Post # 1
Me & my fiance are getting married in May of next year & we have a small budget to work on. Were both from big but close-knit families so we were thinking about a pot-luck reception. We know our families & friends would not find this offensive so thats not a problem. The problem Im having is 1). How would I word this on the invite? & 2). How would I keep track & organize the food so I dont get 4 potato salads & no entree? I dont wanna write what people have to bring on the invite.
Post # 3
Depending on the size of your wedding, could you just contact family members from both sides that you think would offer to make/bring something? Then just start compiling a list. I would leave the main entrees to people very close to you (meaning maybe more reliable in being there and remembering). If people are offering to make the same things, just explain that so-and-so already offered to make _____, is there something else they’d like to bring.
I wouldn’t put anything on the invites.
Post # 4
I would probably say something like “Pot luck reception to follow at…” In terms of assignments, you could do it based on name, so A-H brings an entree, I-P brings a side, and Q-Z brings a dessert, or whatever. I would then asked your parents and bridal party to contact each guest to ask if they wouldn’t mind bringing whatever they’ve been assigned.
Post # 5
In the invite, I would put a cute litte card asking someone to please bring a certain type of dish. “Could you please bring ….. to the reception”. After that you cant really tell what people are going to bring.
Post # 6
I had somewhat of a pot luck wedding reception. But I only had a few close family members bring very large quantities of whatever dish they were making. I told them that their food item (in large quantities – enough for the entire reception) would be considered their wedding gift. I know it took a long time to prepare that much food and of course purchasing the ingredients for that much food was expensive. It worked out very well. Those few people took care of warming food, refilling pans, washing dishes, etc. They ran the kitchen. And… we were very surprised that some of them gave wedding gifts in addition to their food items!
Post # 7
I think that word of mouth (maybe yours and his parents?) could help organize this.
Post # 8
Get the mom’s to help. They could organize who will bring what.
Or just split the list and one category brings appies, another category brings salads etc.
Post # 9
There are websites out there just for potluck signups! I used http://www.signupgenius.com. I had no idea these things even existed, but it’s been great to use to keep track of who is bringing what, and how much we have and how much still needs to be brought.